Our organization, established 30 years ago, has a unique and unifying mission. We showcase gifted young talent — musicians, painters, writers and filmmakers — from the German-speaking world and introduce them to the New York

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cultural community. In sponsoring their performances here, the Forum gives these young people a US debut and a helping hand in their studies and careers. And the organization offers GF members the opportunity to see and support exceptionally talented Europeans who bridge the “Atlantic divide" through their art.

The German Forum hosts four events per year, three that are open to the public and one exclusively for members. Please take the time to learn more about the German Forum. We hope to see you at our next event.


 

March 2nd, 2017

The German Forum presents an outstanding
Classical Concert
celebrating the music of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bellini, Boellmann, Lehar and others

Starring

Katrin Bulke, Soprano
Anne Riegler, Piano
Maria Helena Tharp, Organ
Babette Hierholzer, piano

Katrin Buhlke Anne Riegler
Katrin Bulke, Soprano Anne Riegler, Piano



Welcome

David Detjen, Chairman of the Board, German Forum

Location

Saint Peter’s Church
54th Street @ Lexington Avenue

Reception

6:15p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m.

Suggested Donation: $30 / person
Friends of Members: $20 (as reserved by member)
German Forum Members are invited free of charge

Reservations are absolutely required: contactus@germanforum.org

 

 

November 16, 2016

What a great concert evening given by the German Forum at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center! Thanks to the wonderful artists Jardena Flückiger,
Gerard Schneider, Mariella Haubs and Babette Hierholzer.



FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: MARIELLA HAUBS, BABETTE HIERHOLZER, JARDENA FLÜCKIGER, GERARD SCHNEIDER


Review of the German Forum at concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center
By Meche Kroop
Thursday, November 17, 2016
GERMAN FORUM SCORES A BIG WIN

Evenings of classical music offer many delights but transcendent moments happen but occasionally and produce feelings of incomparable bliss. We experienced just such a moment last night at the German Forum concert at the intimate Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

The special moment occurred when tenor Gerard Schneider was singing Richard Strauss' "Allerseelen". The poet tells of the sole day of the year when one gets to reunite with loved ones who are no longer on this earth. Mr. Schneider sang it with a depth of feeling that leapt right from his heart to ours. It was the the kind of connection we dream about and what every singer longs to achieve. Our eyes brimmed with tears.

By contrast, he sang Strauss' "Zueignung" with a blend of tenderness and passion that was thrilling to hear. Here is a tenor well on his way to superstardom who knows exactly how to use his gorgeous instrument. He also sang selections from Schumann's Dichterliebe with great control of dynamics and color, soothing the sore ears we got from enduring a recent awful performance, one we declined to write about.

And if one wanted something lighter, he gave us "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz", the well known aria from Franz Lehar's Land des Lachelns; he sang it ardently and we were completely enraptured. "Ach, so fromm" from Friedrich von Flotow's Martha was sung with the tender tones of love.

Soprano Jardena Fluckiger has a lovely pure tone and entertained us with some of our favorite songs by Hugo Wolf, selected from his Italienisches Liederbuch. She has an expressive face that complements her voice, and when she employs bodily gesture it adds a fine dimension to her performance. We always love the racy "Ich hab in Penna einen Liebsten wohnen" and, after the punchline, Babette Hierholzer's piano contributed the most delightful postlude.

To read the entire review by Meche Kroop please click on this link:

http://www.vocedimeche.reviews/2016/11/german-forum-scores-big-win.html

September 14, 2016

Thanks to everyone who came out to see our last cabaret evening at the Gotham Comedy Club on September 14 despite the heavy rain right before the performance. A big applause to all German Forum artists!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: TONI GOLDMAN, TINO ANDREA HONEGGER, HANNA ELIZABETH YOUNG, LARS REDLICH, ERICH RAUSCH

 

Review of the German Forum cabaret at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City
By Meche Kroop
Thursday, September 15, 2016
COME TO THE CABARET


The mission of The German Forum is to provide performance opportunities in the USA for young artists from the German speaking world and to provide unique cultural events for New Yorkers. There are at least four events each year and we would hate to miss a single one.

Last night was Cabaret Night at the Gotham Comedy Club and the gemütlichkeit of the evening brought pleasure to a wide audience. Natürlich, if one spoke German you could understand more of the words-- but our non-German speaking companion had a marvelous time. There were plenty of songs in English and the ones in German were either translated or needed no translation, due to the communication skills of the artists. The evening was hosted by Henry Meyer-Oertel, President of the German Forum.

The partnership of Lars Redlich and Tino Honegger is a remarkable one, marked by lots of synergy. We have heard the "Habanera" from Carmen countless times but we have never heard it performed the way Mr. Redlich did it--releasing his inner anima (look it up!) in fine falsetto and with rap dialogue. We cannot imagine how George Bizet might have reacted, but the audience responded with gales of laughter and wild applause.

To read the entire review by Meche Kroop please click on this link:

http://www.vocedimeche.reviews/2016/09/come-to-cabaret.html

July 26, 2016

What a great lieder recital given by the German Forum at the private residence of German Consul General Brita Wagener on June 26! Thanks to the wonderful artists Äneas Humm, Magda Gartner as well as Babette Hierholzer!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: HENRY MEYER-OERTEL, ÄNEAS HUMM, MAGDA GARTNER, BABETTE HIERHOLZER

Review of the German Forum recital at the private residence of German Consul General Brita Wagener
By Meche Kroop
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
GERMAN AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE SUNG


It was a special evening. It was a VERY special evening. It was a most rewarding lieder recital given by the German Forum at the lovely home of German Consul General Brita Wagener, 42 stories above the congested streets of midtown Manhattan.

There are two very special qualities to appreciate about the German Forum. One is the valuable performance opportunities they provide for German speaking young artists; the other is the valuable entertainment and stimulation they provide for their members and guests. Membership comes at a modest cost and the socializing before and after the recital is always gemütlich, whether one is German or not.

Last night's recital brought back two gifted artists whom we reviewed last February (review archived); we were thrilled for the chance to hear them again. The program comprised both lieder and opera duets.

Mezzo-soprano Magda Gartner opened the program with Robert Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben, a highly dramatic song cycle he composed in 1840, just ten years after Adelbert von Chamisso wrote the poetry. We don't care that the poetry has been criticized for taking the position that a woman's life revolves around a man. This was written in the 19th c. and such was often the case. Listening to the text gives us insight into "a woman's love and life". Indeed!


To read the entire review by Meche Kroop please click on this link: http://www.vocedimeche.reviews/

February 11, 2016

What an amazing classical concert on February 11 at the Saint Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan celebrating the music of Schubert, Beethoven, Grieg, Sarasate, Ullmann, Alexander Liebermann and others!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: MICHAEL HEY, MAGDA GARTNER, BABETTE HIERHOLZER, ÄNEAS HUMM, ALEXANDER LIEBERMANN, HENRY MEYER-OERTEL

Review of the German Forum at concert at Saint Peter’s Church
By Meche Kroop
Friday, February 12, 2016
A PRE-VALENTINE TREAT FROM THE GERMAN FORUM

Those who love German culture (count us in!) should be aware of the exciting events programmed by the German Forum, of which Henry Meyer-Oertel is President and Babette Hierholzer is Artistic Director. This worthwhile organization gives young German-speaking artists the opportunity to perform in New York City. We have attended several of their events and have always enjoyed them immensely.

Last night we were introduced to two excellent new singers, a highly talented organist, a 20th c. Swiss composer, and a contemporary composer whose work we actually loved (surprise!); we also enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour with German delicacies. Food for the spirit and food for the body!

Most astonishing of all is the 20-year-old lyric baritone Äneas Humm whose talent surpasses his youth by a huge factor. It is a beautiful instrument with lovely overtones; the manner in which he employs it indicates a great deal of serious study. A Züricher, he is already well known in Europe. Last night was his New York debut …

To read the entire review by Meche Kroop please click on this link:
http://www.vocedimeche.reviews/2016/02/a-pre-valentine-treat-from-german-forum.html

November 18, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out to see our last classical concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium celebrating the music of Schubert, Mozart, R. Strauss , Poulenc and others. A big applause to all German Forum artists!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: BABETTE HIERHOLZER, SEBASTIAN LAMBERTZ, LAURE BARRAS, EVA MARIA SUMMERER

Review of the German Forum at concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium
By Meche Kroop
Thursday, November 19, 2015
BABETTE'S FEAST

We feasted on music last night when the German Forum presented a most satisfying recital at the Library for Performing Arts. (We also feasted on hors d'oeuvres and libations but we won't go there!)

With the illustrious pianist Babette Hierholzer (Artistic Director of the German Forum) accompanying two superb singers and the welcome contributions of clarinetist Sebastian Lambertz, nothing was wanting in this celebration of German music. The goal of the German Forum is to present outstanding young artists from the German-speaking world and, judging by the past couple recitals we've reviewed, they achieve this goal admirably.

President Henry Meyer-Oertel welcomed the audience and introduced the sponsors and notables in the audience as well as the young artists, and did so with grace and good humor which put everyone in the mood to have a good time. And so we did.

To read the entire review by Meche Kroop please click on this link at scroll down to the review BABETTE’S FEAST:

http://www.vocedimeche.reviews/

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This event was a hugely successful cabaret evening at The Cutting Room. Thanks to all of the artists and everyone in the audience!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: SEBASTIAN STERT, WILLIAM LUDWIG, JED DISTLER, KAREN KOHLER, MAGDA-LENE REICH, WILLIAM LUDWIG, HENRY MEYER-OERTEL

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

German Forum Annual Meeting at the St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church

Thank so much to all of the German Forum members who came out to our Annual Meeting on May 6. It was a wonderful evening with lots of good discussion. The evening was framed by two piano performances by the international acclaimed pianist Ulrich Roman Murtfeld.

"From Berlin to Vienna" A Splendid Evening of Cabaret
Ulrich Roman Murtfeld

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

This event was a hugely successful classical evening at the Saint Peter’s Church. We thank you all for your support and applause!

"From Berlin to Vienna" A Splendid Evening of Cabaret
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: THEO LEBOW, TATJANA RUHLAND, KAI HENNIG (DEPUTY CONSUL GENERAL, GERMANY), BABETTE HIERHOLZER, REBEKKA REISTER, CHRISTINE SCHOENHUBER (MARKETING DIRECTOR, TOURISM MARKETING GMBH BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG), CHRISTIAN SCHMITT


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Artists shown above, from top left, clockwise: Katarina Hapogian, sebastian Manz, Johanna Pichlmair, & Isang David Enders.