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CONCERT & LECTURE | "My (He)Art in Exile": Karklina Trio in Concert

  • Austrian Cultural Forum Washington 3524 International Place Northwest Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

In association with the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, the ACF Washington is excited to host an evening about the emigration and remigration of Austrian actors and directors as a result of the Austrian Anschluss with Nazi Germany. Fitting the subject, there will be music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Arnold Schönberg, two world-famous Austrian exile composers, who emigrated to the US at the onset of Nazi rise to power some years earlier. The concert will be performed by the award-winning ensemble Karklina Trio and the lecture is held by Professor Evelyn Deutsch-Schreiner from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. This event is part of our commemoration series 1938 – 2018.


Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957)
Larghetto from the piano trio op.1 

Lecture by Evelyn Deutsch-Schreiner
"My (He)Art in Exile. Austrians in America after 1938 and their Remigration to Austria"

Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951)
"Verklärte Nacht", op.4 (Arranged by Eduard Steuermann)

Prof. Deutsch-Schreiner: “The talk is about the emigration of Austrian actors and directors to the US due to Nazi annexation in 1938 and their post-war remigration to Austria. What I want to stress in my presentation is that Austrian theater professionals had to learn “new lessons” twice and experienced profound alienation twice—first, as emigrants to the USA facing an unfamiliar context of theater and film; and later, as remigrants in Austria, a country in rubble, liberated from National Socialism but infested with National Socialist attitudes. I would like to illustrate that the individuals returning to Austria became important mediators of a democratic mind-set and an enlightened stage culture during the post-war years. For that purpose, I have chosen a few well-known theater professionals, whose life trajectories clearly delineate this dual paradigm shift and its relevance for the politics of art: Max Reinhardt, Helene Thimig, Ernst Lothar and Berthold Viertel.”

Headed by the pianist Maija Karklina the Karklina Trio was founded eight years ago when the three musicians studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. The award-winning trio regularly performs on national and international stages and consists of pianist Maija Karklina, cellist Lana Berakovic and, since 2017, violinist Franz-Markus Siegert.

Photo | (c) Karklina Trio