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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 2014, 07:30 PM

Exil.arte presents a concert commemorating the exiled artists after the "Anschluss."


Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
String quartet No. 3
1st movement – Lebhaft, sehr energisch

Marcel Rubin Quartet

Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)
String quartet No. 3
3rd movement – Lento

Marcel Rubin Quartet

Hanns Eisler (1898-1962)
Selected Songs:
Horatios Monolog (lyrics: W. Shakespeare)
The Rat Men (lyrics: B. Brecht)
Die Speisekammer (lyrics: B. Brecht)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
From op.9:

León de Castillo, tenor
Gordon Schermer, Piano

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
Unvergänglichkeit, song cycle op.27:
No.1 Unvergänglichkeit (Eternity I)
No.2 Das eilende Bächlein (The Rushing Brook)
No.3 Das schlafende Kind (The Sleeping Child)
No.4 Stärker als der Tod (Stronger than Death)
No.5 Unvergänglichkeit (Eternity II)

Ethel Merhaut, soprano
Gordon Schermer, Piano

Ruth Schonthal (1924-2006)
from: 6 Preludes for piano

Ruth Schonthal (1924-2006)
Capriccio Espagñol

Hannah Eisendle, piano

Ruth Schonthal (1924-2006)
„A Bird’s Song About ...“ for flute and piano

Ulrike Anton, flute
Hannah Eisendle, piano

Walter Arlen (born 1920)
Arr.: Lukas Medlam
Three Fragments from “The Song of Songs”
As An Apple Tree
Very Dark Am I
Upon My Bed by Night

Ethel Merhaut, soprano
Marcel Rubin Quartet


This organization is meant to be a contact point for coordinating projects of institutions, societies and persons dealing with this special topic. It is situated in Austria and organizes and coordinates artistic, cultural and research projects as well as events concerning artists who were suppressed, exiled or killed by the Nazis, with a particular emphasis in the fields of music, music theater and film. In conferences and symposia as well as in artistic events the topic shall be presented effectively in public.

>> For more information, please visit:http://www.exilarte.at/

Ethel Merhaut
Born in Vienna, Ethel Merhaut finished her Bachelors in Solo-singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2012 and has since been studying under the supervision of Prof. Irina Gavrilovici. In addition to her vocal studies, Ethel has a Master of Sciences degree with honors in “Theater, Movie, and Media Sciences” from the University of Vienna. The young soprano made her professional debut in the summer of 2011 with two Mozart roles, Barbarina in “Le nozze di Figaro” at the Opera of Klosterneuburg and as Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” at the Sommertraum Festival in Semmering. In the summer of 2012, she participated at the International Vocal Arts Institute’s summer program in Tel Aviv, where she sang the part of Ida in Johann Strauss’ “Fledermaus”. Apart from the extensive amounts of concerts she gives in Vienna, in December 2012, she performed at the Austrian Culture Forum in London, where she specialized in the works of expelled Jewish artists.

León de Castillo
Born in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico to a Mexican mother and an Austrian father, León de Castillo grew up in a family that holds a large musical tradition that spans generations. After studying singing after one year, he had his debut as a soloist at “Theater an der Wien” with Placido Domingo and Patricia Petibon in the Zarzuela “Luisa Fernanda”. At the end of 2011, he returned to his hometown Mérida where he dedicated himself to Mexico for 2012, the year of the Mayan culture. He performed on numerous occasions including a solo concert at the Theatre Jose Peón Contreras on January 5th inaugurating the 470th anniversary celebration of his hometown Mérida. In 2013, he founded the “Primavera Festival”, which concentrates on the Mexican-Austrian relationship and is a festival against racism. In addition to opera, de Castillos’ repertoire also includes Deutsches Lied and other Art songs in 7 different languages. He has given songs recitals all over the world in places such as Mexico, USA, France, Italy, and Austria.

Ulrike Anton
Studied in Paris at the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz and the Ecole National de Musique Bourg-La-Reine in Paris with Prof. Raymond Guiot and Prof. Jean-Loup Gregoire respectively. She received her Professional Performance Diploma and Master of Music degree while studying with Prof. Peter Lloyd in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music. While studying at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, she received her Ph.D. in Musicology in 2003.  In 1994 she won the first prize at the Concours Music Regional Ile-de-France competition. Ulrike regularly performs and tours as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the USA, and China. In addition to her performing career, she has also given many Master Classes and courses internationally for Flute and Chamber music. She currently holds several teaching positions around the world including for IES, Institute for the International Education of Students, as the Vienna Adjunct Professor Head of Instrumental Performance Workshop.

Hannah Eisendle
Graduated from the famous Vienna Music High-School (Wiener Musikgymnasium), received during school piano lessons with Ulrike Fendel and violin lessons with Susanne Bauer. She attended several Jeunesse Orchestra camps and sang as a Soprano Soloist in different Viennese Choirs for several years. Hannah also belongs to various chamber music ensembles in Vienna and won numerous prizes in piano and chamber music competitions and has received commissions for various occupations. In 2012 she started a musical cooperation as a Lied-Duo partner with León de Castillo, concentrating on music of the 19th-21st centuries. In 2013 she released her first CD with live recordings of a piano recital at the Austrian Society for Music in Vienna. She is currently studying composition and music theory at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she also plays Cello as a supplementary instrument and Piano with the Professors Florian Krumpöck, Christiane Karajev, and Stephan Möller.

Marcel Rubin Quartet

Lukas Medlam, violin
Mátyás András, violin
Nebojsa Bekcic, viola
Thomas Michael Auner, violoncello

Consisting of four international, like-minded and dedicated musicians, the Marcel Rubin Quartet was formed in late 2013, through their frequent contact within the Valsassina Ensemble and through a common aim of participating in the discovery of and presenting lesser-known works of the 20th century quartet repertoire. Despite only having established themselves relatively recently, they are already involved in a flurry of projects and concerts in Vienna’s “Primavera Festival” in the spring of 2014, and they will then embark on a tour to France, Mexico and the US including an appearance in the Carnegie Hall. 
Its members represent four European countries and their affection for Vienna and the rich traditions of music making which flourish there, unites them in their music making and also beyond their quartet collaborations.