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TUESDAY, OCT 02 2012, 07:30 PM

The Austrian Culutral Forum is pleased to host this New York recital by the 17th International Summer Academy for Young Singers.

Young talented singers from the United States were chosen in auditions earlier this year to participate in Elysium’s 17th International Summer Academy, which took place from May 25 through June 3 in Bernried on the shores of Lake Starnberg south of Munich, in Germany. The focus of this year’s Summer Academy was on German Lieder inspired by the great poet Heinrich Heine.

No other German writer has inspired as many composers to set his poems to music. There are more than 6,800 compositions which are based on texts by Heinrich Heine, by the likes of Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, and many more.

This concert will feature compositions by Johannes Brahms, Ignaz Brüll, Robert Franz, Charles Griffes, Edvard Grieg, Walther Hirschberg, Henrik Jennings, Max Kowalski, Josephine Lang, Franz Liszt, Ernst Löwenberg, Alma Mahler, Josef Marx, Felix Mendelssohn, Carl Reinecke, Ludwig Rottenberg, Franz Schubert, Clara and Robert Schumann, Wilhelm Stenhammer, Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski, and Hugo Wolf.


Since its foundation in New York City in 1983, Elysium has established itself as a vital force at the intersection of American and European cultures and has presented more than 300 events (theater/opera productions, concerts, readings, exhibitions and lectures) in more than 70 cities world-wide. Fostering artistic and creative dialogue and mutual friendship between the United States of America and Europe, and fighting against discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism by means of art are at the heart of Elysium’s mission.

Elysium’s special concern has been to unearth and present works of artists exiled and persecuted by the fascist regimes of the mid twentieth century. Among those artists are composers such as Viktor Ullmann, whose opera The Emperor of Atlantis, composed in the ghetto and concentration camp Theresienstadt, was staged by Elysium in New York, or Ernst Krenek, whose opera What Price Confidence Elysium premiered both in New York and in Italy. Our work as the first and at that time only organization in New York City dedicated to the rediscovery of this long neglected heritage has had trailblazing effects.

Elysium’s International Summer Academy fosters the artistic growth of young performing artists and expands their cultural horizons.


Sophie Burgos (Soprano), Vania Chan (Soprano), Greer Davis (Soprano), Grace Kahl (Soprano), and Alexis Rodda (Soprano).


Gregorij H. von Leïtis, Artistic Director & Stage Direction
Dan Franklin Smith, Music Director and Piano
Christa Pillmann, Acting & Diction
Michael Lahr, Dramaturgy
Jeannie Im, Assistant to the Artistic Director