Friday, May 25, 2018

UPCOMING: CONCERT + PHOTO EXHIBIT: Tonight! The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington presents "Schoenberg, Schubert and the Odyssey of Exile" with PostClassical Ensemble and special guest performers in conjunction with the Exhibit "Arnold Schoenberg: Through the Lens of Richard Fish" at the Embassy of Austria on FRI, May 25 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Free, RSVP Required

Arnold Schoenberg
"Schoenberg, Schubert and the Odyssey of Exile" Concert and Exhibition at the Embassy of Austria, presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington
Friday, May 25
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free, RSVP is required
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In conjunction with the exhibition Arnold Schoenberg: Through the Lens of Richard FishACF Washington and PostClassical Ensemble present a special event, sponsored by the Arnold Schoenberg Center Vienna, at the Embassy of Austria. 

This unique concert explores the condition of exile in the music of four composers, ranging from the existential estrangement of Franz Schubert’s Wanderer to Hanns Eisler’s wartime exile in Los Angeles. Songs and piano works by Franz Schubert, Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, and Hanns Eisler presented will include.
  • Franz Schubert: An die Musik
  • Franz Schubert: Andantino from Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959
  • Alban Berg: Piano Sonata
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Songs
  • Hanns Eisler: Songs from the Hollywood Songbook
  • Franz Schubert: Songs from Winterreise
The concert will feature one of America’s best-known concert singers, baritone William Sharp, along with award-winning pianist Alexander Shtarkman, who last appeared with PostClassical Ensemble in music by Arnold Schoenberg and Hanns Eisler at Washington National Cathedral. Commentary by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor and Music Director of the PostClassical Ensemble, and Joseph Horowitz, Executive Director of PostClassical Ensemble, and the author of Artists in Exile: How Refugees from European War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts

Please be sure to RSVP for this free event to ensure your space. Also please be sure to have your ticket with you or on your phone to show them when you arrive at the Embassy for the event. 

on view from May 25 - June 15 
at the Embassy of Austria
Free, on view during events and on weekdays during regular Embassy hours

Arnold Schoenberg – composer, painter, teacher, theoretician and innovator – was born in Vienna in 1874 and died in Los Angeles in 1951. He also resided in Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and Boston. In music history Schoenberg’s name is associated with an epoch-making innovation: the “Method of composing with twelve tones which are related only with one another.” The estate of the composer has been preserved at the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna since 1998. In May 1936, the Schoenberg family moved into a house with garden at 116 North Rockingham Avenue, Brentwood Park, Los Angeles. 

In summer 1948, Richard Fish, a young photographer, met Schoenberg at his Brentwood Park house. Fish visited Schoenberg many more times, leaving posterity with a particularly coherent documentation of the composer, teacher and father in his later years. Schoenberg actively participated in designing the pictures; when Fish wanted to photograph him with some of his oil paintings, Schoenberg was on the spot at once with a hammer and nails, arranging three paintings and sitting himself in fourth place as a living portrait. Other photos depict Schoenberg dictating, playing tennis and teaching. Schoenberg underlined his esteem for the photographer on a signed print: “To Mr. Richard Fish cordially thanking for making me so handsome: Arnold Schoenberg September 1950.” 

Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington DC, 20008
Metro: Van Ness - UDC, walk about 12 minutes, .5 miles, from the metro. Slightly uphill walk to get there, easy downhill walk to get back to the metro. See walking directions. Note: If you are calling for an Uber, Lyft or Via it is recommended that you enter the address for the Slovakian Embassy next door instead, 3523 International Court, to ensure that they take you to the front entrance of the building instead of the back entrance, where there is a walking path. Note: If you are driving, street parking on International Court is available after 6:30pm for the duration of the event, parking in the Embassy roundabout is reserved for those with handicapped placards only. Parking also available on 36th Street; access to the Embassy through the park behind the building.

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