The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is partnering with New York’s Carnegie Hall to present the large-scale “Vienna: City of Dreams” festival in Spring 2014 (carnegiehall.org/vienna). The Austrian Cultural Forum opens the mind and senses to Vienna today. Building upon the vast artistic, intellectual, and cultural legacies of Vienna in 1900, the ACFNY explores the vibrant creative fabric of the ‘city of dreams’ in the 21st century with a festival of contemporary music, a symposium, a film series, and a major visual art exhibition titled “Vienna Complex.”
VIENNA COMPLEX Festival 2014
THE AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK
in collaboration with Carnegie Hall, the University of Vienna, the Sigmund Freud Museum, the Austrian Film Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, (le) Poisson Rouge and the Czech Center New York.
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FEB 26, 2014 | 6:00 PM
EXHIBITION OPENING: VIENNA COMPLEX
The exhibition takes a look at the ways in which the transformative psychoanalytic momentum of Vienna around 1900 has influenced the culture of self-improvement that permeates all spheres of society today. The exhibition features contemporary artistic reflections on the phenomenon of our modern meritocracy. The exhibition will be on view daily, 10AM - 6PM, through May 25.
FEB 27 - APR 20, 2014
VIENNA UNVEILED: A CITY IN CINEMA
The Museum of Modern Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Austrian Film Museum with a major collaborative exhibition that explores Vienna throughout the history of cinema as a city both real and mythic. Presented with additional, significant contributions from the Filmarchiv Austria, the exhibition centers on Austrian and German Jewish émigrés looking back on the city they left behind, as well as an international array of contemporary filmmakers and artists whose own visions of Vienna reveal the powerful hold the city continues to exert over our collective unconscious. Organized by Alexander Horwath, Director, Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, and Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. This program is made possible by support from the Austrian Cultural Forum.
FEB 27, 2014 | 8:30 PM -> NEW TIME!
CONCERT | MATTHIAS SCHORN
Matthias Schorn, principal clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, performs compositions for solo clarinet written for and dedicated to him by Austrian composers.
MAR 2, 2014 | 11:00 AM
CHAMBER MUSIC BY MEMBERS OF THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC
Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform a chamber music concert, including works by Lehár, Benatzky, Stolz, and Hochreiter. Eminent Viennese music historian Christian Glanz, from Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts, provides an introduction.
SYMPOSIUM: VIENNESE MODERNITY
This mini-symposium features distinguished academics from Austria and the US, chaired by Oliver Rathkolb, one of the foremost authorities on the subject of contemporary Austrian history. The event includes a keynote lecture that highlights the impact of fin-de-siècle Viennese music, which was felt throughout the 20th century and beyond.
MAR 4, 2014 | 7:30 PM
TALEA ENSEMBLE CHAMBER MUSIC
The New York–based Talea Ensemble presents an evening of chamber works by trailblazing Austrian composers Olga Neuwirth and Bernhard Gander, and Vienna-based Italian composer Pierluigi Billone.
MAR 7, 2014 | 8 PM
TALEA ENSEMBLE WORKS FOR LARGE ENSEMBLE
The Talea Ensemble performs three US premieres of compositions for large ensemble by Olga Neuwirth, Bernhard Gander, and Pierluigi Billone. James Baker conducts.
Czech Center New York at the Bohemian National Hall
MAR 9, 2014 | 4:00 PM
IMPROVISED TRAUMDEUTUNG: THE AUSTRIAN SCENE
This one-day festival features a host of Austria’s foremost creative improvisers, including Franz Hautzinger, Martin Siewert, Burkard Stangl, Martin Philadelphy, and Helge Hinteregger. The program also includes a continuation of the ACFNY’s series “In the Absence of …,” focusing on the oeuvre of Anton Webern. The series creates a framework in which creative musicians conceptualize and perform a program focused on a particular canonic composer—however, none of the composer’s music is actually heard.
(le) Poisson Rouge
MAR 11, 2014 | 7:30 PM
SEDA RÖDER | SOLO PIANO
Turkish pianist Seda Röder performs pieces from her new album, which features 12 Austrian miniatures for piano. Röder gives the US premieres of works by Klaus Ager, Bernd Richard Deutsch, Johanna Doderer, Karl Heinz Essl, Bernhard Gal, Herbert Grassl, Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, Rupert Huber, Manuela Kerer, Katharina Klement, Matthias Kranebitter, and Bruno Strobl.
MAR 17, 2014 | 7:30 PM ** NEW DATE!! **
VALERIE SAJDIK: VIENNESE SALON
Wienerlieder, the witty, boisterous, and oftentimes melancholic Viennese chansons made famous by the likes of Herrmann Leopoldi, Helmut Qualtinger, and Gerhard Bronner, receive an update with this evening headlined by Austrian singer and former member of the award-winning electronic duo Saint Privat, Valerie Sajdik.
MAR 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM
FILM SCREENING | TRAINS OF THOUGHTS
This screening of the groundbreaking Trains of Thoughts — a film shot in the subway undergrounds of metropolises around the world, including New York and Vienna—features live music by members of the Austrian electronic trailblazers, the Sofa Surfers.
MAR 27, 2014 | 6:30 PM
FILM SCREENING | VIENNA’S LOST DAUGHTERS
This documentary focuses on eight Vienna-born Holocaust survivors who came to New York by way of the “Kindertransporte”. For many of these women, Vienna holds both fond memories but also haunting images of the violent separation from their loved ones seventy years ago. Followed by a talk with the film’s director and some of its protagonists.
MAR 31, 2014 | 7:30 PM
ERNST KRENEK’S CHAMBER MUSIC
An evening featuring selected chamber music and Lieder by seminal Austrian composer Ernst Krenek, including his 1939 Suite for Cello. Performed by soprano Ilana Davidson, cellist Jing Li, and pianist Mikhail Korzhev.
APR 1, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Chanteuse Sanda Weigl and New York-based Austrian actor Klaus Pohl, host an evening of Viennese fin-de-siècle music and poetry, Kaffeehaus anecdotes and Lieder. Pianist Rob Schwimmer, comedian and actress Lucie Pohl, as well as published author Marie Pohl will help to make this event a memorable evening.
> Details to come
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
The Museum of Modern Art
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
A glittering cultural jewel at the heart of Europe, Vienna has for centuries drawn artists, dreamers, and innovators from all corners of the continent to its dazzling intellectual and artistic life. With its famed art salons and coffee houses, Vienna supported a unique culture in which artists and scientists, firebrands and aesthetes, met and freely exchanged ideas. From this hothouse atmosphere emerged revolutionary breakthroughs in psychology, literature, art, and music, reverberating around Europe and indeed the world.
Carnegie Hall salutes Vienna’s extraordinary artistic legacy with Vienna: City of Dreams (carnegiehall.org/vienna), a three-week citywide festival during February and March 2014 that features symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music, and lieder, as well as a sampling of new sounds that are emerging from this historic cultural capital.
The celebration also goes citywide with events at leading cultural institutions such as the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, including film series, panel discussions, art exhibitions, and even a Viennese Opera Ball, highlighting Vienna’s unrivaled cultural heritage as well as its ongoing role at the heart of Europe.
> More information: carnegiehall.org/vienna