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SUNDAY, MAR 02 2014, 11:00 AM

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Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, baritone Csongor Szantó, and pianist Karin Wagner present a program of rare examples of Viennese song-compositions in the context of the outbreak of the first world war.

The program presents rare examples of Viennese song-compositions in the context of the First World War (mainly composed by outstanding figures of Viennese operetta and popular music like Lehár, Benatzky, Stolz, and Hochreiter) are presented along side of Arnold Schoenberg’s openly ironic parody of militarism Die eiserne Brigade (The Iron Brigade for piano quintet), written in 1916.

The Viennese music historian Christian Glanz, from Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts, provides an introduction illustrated with archival materials of the time.

This concert is part of the Austrian Cultural Forum’s series of events within the framework of Carnegie Hall's Vienna: City of Dreams (carnegiehall.org/viennafestival.


Kommt heran! (Kriegslied) music by Carl Michael Ziehrer, text by Adolf Makovec
Songs from the Collection Kriegslieder 1914-15 – music by Emil Hochreiter, opp. 39-41:
Neuösterreichs Bluttaufe op. 40/1 – text by Franz Eichert
Unser Kaiser im Gebet op. 41/3 – text by Harry Sheff
Tod in Ähren op. 41/5 – text by Detlev von Liliencron
In Gottes Namen op. 39/1d – text by Richard von Kralik
Reiterlied op. 40/5 – text by Gerhart Hauptmann
Österreichisches Reiterlied op. 41/4 – text by Hugo Zuckermann
Österreichisches Reiterlied – music by Paul Juon, text by Hugo Zuckermann
Reiterlied 1914 – music by Franz Lehár, text by Hugo Zuckermann
Der Honvedhusar op. 185 – music by Robert Stolz, text by Kurt Robitschek
Draußen in Schönbrunn – music by Ralph Benatzky, text by Fritz Grünbaum
Csongor Szantó, voice
Karin Wagner, piano

Arnold Schönberg Die eiserne Brigade (The Iron Brigade) for string quartet and piano
String Quartet of the Vienna Philharmonic
Karin Wagner, piano

Erich Wolfgang Korngold Three pieces from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing for string quartet
String Quartet of the Vienna Philharmonic



Csongor Szantó, voice
Karin Wagner, piano

String Quartet of the Vienna Philharmonic:
Volkhard Steude, concertmaster, 1. violin
Milan Setena,  2. violin
Thomas Hajek, viola
Péter Somodari, violoncello

Christian Glanz, introduction

Karin Wagner (born 1969), studied piano at Bruckner Conservatory Linz and at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Ms. Wagner teaches piano as well as didactic courses related to piano at the Vienna Music University. She holds a PhD from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Institute for Music History, with a minor in Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. Karin Wagner is the author of the first German language biography of Eric Zeisl, Fremd bin ich ausgezogen (Vienna 2005), and the editor of the Zeisl-correspondence “…es gruesst Dich Erichisrael” (Vienna 2008). She is a frequent participant in international academic conferences on Jewish Austrian Composers in exile.  In 2012, Karin Wagner was awarded the Elfriede Grünberg Preis.

The 26-year-old Vienna-born singer Csongor Szántó has Hungarian roots, and began his musical career as a member and later soloist of the Vienna Boys Choir, where he performed with renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Simon Rattle, René Jacobs, and Zubin Mehta. Szántó studied piano, harpsichord, double bass, oboe, viola, and composition, and began studying singing at Vienna's University of Music and Performing Arts in 2009. Szántó has performed in many opera productions. He is
also a member of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, and was twice invited to join the JSB-Ensemble (Kathy Saltzman Romey) in Stuttgart with Helmuth Rilling. He is currently enrolled in a master's program in Early Music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, with Rosa Domínguez.

Christian Glanz (born 1960 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria), studied musicology and history with a focus on East European history at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz. Glanz is a professor at the Institute of Analysis, Theory, and History of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. His main focus of research is music and politics in Austria. He has published extensively on historical aspects of Austrian popular music, two monographs on Gustav Mahler (2001) and Hanns Eisler (2008), and edited the collection Wien 1897 – Kulturgeschichtliches Profil eines Epochenjahres. Since November 2012 he has spearheaded the research project “Eine politische Geschichte der Open in Wien 1869 bis 1955”.

Violinist Volkhard Steude (born 1971) began his violin studies at the Konservatorium Cottbus in Brandenburg. In 1993 he became the first concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and after acquiring his degree in Berlin, continued his studies in Vienna with Professor Alfred Staar. In 1994, Volkhard Steude was appointed concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, and in 2000 was named concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic. As a soloist, he has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic under Giuseppe Sinopoli and Daniel Barenboim. Mr. Steude also has served as concertmaster of the Wiener Virtuosen since 2002, a chamber music ensemble comprised of members of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Prague-born violinist Milan Setena studied at the Prague Conservatory with František Pospíšil. During his studies at the conservatory he became first concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Milan continued his studies in Vienna with Professor Alfred Staar. He has been a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera since 1990. As a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Wiener Geigen Quartett and the Schulhoff Quartett, he has recorded numerous CDs and performed at important festivals throughout the world, such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and the Stars of the White Nights Festivalin St. Petersburg. He performs frequently as a soloist in Austria and abroad.

Violist Thomas Haje (born in 1974), studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He became a member of the Jeunesse Orchestra in 1995 and remained in that capacity for the following three years. In 2002, after having serving as a substitute with the Vienna Symphony, Thomas joined the second violin section with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orcherstra, and in 2006 he joined the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. He is a member of several ensembles, such as the Wiener Mozartisten or the group PhiliTango.

Hungarian cellist Péter Somodari (born in 1977) studied at the Music Academies of Budapest and Saarbrücken between 1997 and 2006, receiving important impulses from Làszlo Mezö, Miklos Perényi, Gustav Rivinius, and György Kurtàg. He is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the first prize at the 2005 International Music Competition in Marktneukirchen. He has performed with renowned musicians such as Christian Tetzlaff, Leonidas Kavakos, Patricia Kopatschinskaja, Tabea Zimmermann, Boris Pergamenschikov, Truls Mork, Miklos Perenyi, Alexej Lubimov, György Kurtàg, Jonatan Gilad, and Marta Gulyas. He collaborated with the Budapest Strings, as their section’s cellist and as a soloist, and was a member of the Keller Quartet and the Hungarian State Opera. Since 2004 Somodari has served as the solo cellist of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and since 2012 with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic.



This event is part of the Austrian Cultural Forum's Vienna Complex Festival 2014. The ACFNY is partnering with New York’s Carnegie Hall to present the large-scale Vienna: City of Dreams festival in Spring 2014. 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.”

> More information: acfny.org/viennacomplex


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