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SPECIAL CEREMONY | ACFNY LIBRARY DEDICATION
TRIBUTE TO FREDERIC MORTON
MONDAY, JAN 22 2018, 06:30 PM
On the occasion of the Austrian "Gedenkjahr 2018/Remembrance Year" as well as the 75th Anniversary of the Austrian Institute, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is honored to announce that it will dedicate its library to the great Vienna-born US writer Frederic Morton (1924-2015).
In this special ceremony to inaugurate "The Frederic Morton Library" we will screen Andrea Eckert's award-winning documentary "Durch die Welt nach Hause/Die Lebensreise des Frederic Morton" (German/English w subtitles, Fischer Film, 2009) followed by a panel talk featuring Fred Morton's closest companions and friends including Rick MacArthur, David Black, Harvey White and Peter Khoury. Afterwards, Andrea Eckert will be performing a mélange of Viennese songs, accompanied by Benjamin Schatz on our Bösendorfer piano.
Frederic Morton (1924-2015), born as Fritz Mandelbaum in Vienna, was an acclaimed US writer and intellectual. The Jewish Mandelbaum family fled Austria and settled in New York City in 1940. As a novelist Mr. Morton had a celebrated literary career with bestselling publications such as The Rothschilds, Thunder at Twilight, and The Forever Street. Durch die Welt nach Hause. Mein Leben zwischen Wien und New York is his autobiography.
Andrea Eckert is a charismatic protagonist of the Viennese theater scene. Maria Stuart, Judith, Elektra, Penthesilea, The Good Man of Szechwan, Anna Galactia, Clara S are just some of the leading characters she has performed. With ‘Maria Callas’ in “Master Class” from Terence McNally, Ms Eckert became an audience magnet in Vienna. She has received numerous theater awards including the DOROTHEA NEFF PRICE and the title CHAMBER ACTRESS. Ms. Eckert guest-starred in film and television productions and tours with her music program throughout German speaking countries, Israel and America. Since 2016 Andrea Eckert has been the director of the Raimundspiele Gutenstein. During the Kurt Weill festival in 2017 she performed the role of ‘Lotte Lenya’ in „The Seeräuberjenny “at the Anhalt Theater Dessau. For her film “Durch die Welt nach Hause – die Lebensreise des Frederic Morton,” Ms. Eckert was awarded with a ROMY for the Best Austrian Television Documentary Film.
David Black is an award-winning journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and producer. His novel Like Father was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times and listed as one of the seven best novels of the year by the Washington Post. The King of Fifth Avenue was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the A.P. NPR's Weekend Edition called his novel, The Extinction Event, one of the five best books of the summer. His feature film, The Confession starring Alec Baldwin and Ben Kingsley won the Writers Guild Award for Best Script (Adapted) of the Year. Among the television shows he has produced and written are the Sidney Lumet series 100 Centre Street, which was listed as one of the 10 best shows of the year, the Richard Dreyfuss series The Education of Max Bickford, CSI-Miami, the new Kojak, Hill Street Blues, EZ Streets, Miami Vice, Bluebloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, and the original Law & Order, which received an Emmy nomination for Best Dramatic Show and a Golden Globe nomination; TV Guide listed Black's episode of Law & Order "Life Choice" as one of the Best 100 TV Episodes in TV History. He has been nominated for the PGA Golden Laurel Award.
Peter Khoury has been an editor at The New York Times for nearly two decades. He is currently the night editor on the Express Team, which covers breaking news other stories of interest. Peter was a regular at Elaine's, the storied Upper East Side nightspot that Fred Morton essentially used as an extension of his living room on Thursday and Saturday nights.
John R. (Rick) MacArthur is president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine and an award-winning journalist and author. Under his leadership, the magazine has received twenty National Magazine Awards, the industry’s highest recognition. He writes regularly for The Spectator (U.K.) and writes a column in French, for Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper. His critically acclaimed first book, Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, won the Illinois ACLU's 1992 Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression award and was a New York Times notable book. His second book, The Selling of “Free Trade”: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, was published in 2000. He has also written You Can’t Be President, published in 2008 and reissued in 2012 as The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. L’Illusion Obama was published in 2012 in France and Canada. Mr. MacArthur grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and graduated in 1978 from Columbia University with a B.A. in history. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.
After his studies of classical piano in Germany and the US, Benjamin Schatz studied with the American jazz pianist Richie Beirach in Leipzig. He also completed a Master’s program in Jazz piano and composition in Vienna where he works and lives. Benjamin Schatz has won numerous international competitions including the "International Piano Competition of the Val Tidone" in Pianello, Italy and the Concerto Competition at California State University Long Beach. Together with Johannes Enders (saxofon), Heinrich Köbberling (drums), and Pepe Berns (bass) he produced a compact disk with the Swiss Radio DRS at the Zurich Radio Studios. Since 2015 Benjamin Schatz has been teaching at the University of Music and Theater at Leipzig as well as at the Music University Weimar.
Harvey White, M.D. is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and author in New York City and is currently Senior Supervising Physician, Dept. of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai West, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. He is the author of YOUR FAMILY IS GOOD FOR YOU and co-editor of the FIRST ANNUAL REVIEW OF FAMILY THERAPY. Dr. White has presented and lectured on a number of subjects and a few years back gave a presentation at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna on "A Psychoanalytic Understanding of War" where Fred Morton was also in attendance. Having a long interest in the theatre, he is also the author of FREUD:A ONE MAN PLAY which was produced on a number of occasions in New York and in London to celebrate the anniversary of Sigmund Freud's birth. A close, long term friend of Fred Morton's, he was also a regular attendee at the Thursday night "Family Table" at Elaine's.