Open Mobile Menu

A Not-for-Profit New York Organization Supporting Outstanding Young Artists from the German Speaking World

Welcome

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 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.



Events

March 1, 2021

Gesänge aus der Ferne: the “Songs from Afar” Series

March 2021

A Message to our Members and Friends

Dear Members & Friends,

We are happy to offer our members, supporters and friends a string of virtual concerts to lift your spirits during the current pandemic.

From February to June 2021, you will receive a link to a virtual recital once a month that will allow you to listen – at your leisure – to new and original music commissioned by the German Forum and never before performed anywhere.
Each of these five works was composed by a young composer and is performed by some of the finest musicians who have performed at the German Forum in the past.

The musicians, most with a connection to German-speaking Europe, will not only perform – premiere, to be precise – the music, but will also moderate and introduce the programs.

We are extremely proud that Ries & Erler, a leading music publisher located in Berlin, Germany will publish these five compositions, with full credit to the German Forum.

Enjoy these programs especially curated for the German Forum community!

Please feel free to share your feedback.

Musically yours,

Barbara Heming, President
Babette Hierholzer, Artistic Director
Guy A. Reiss, Chairman

The March 2021 Program
Alexander Liebermann
Heavy Absence, by Nkosi Nkululeko
commissioned by and for the German Forum
Edvard Grieg 
Das alte Lied Op. 4 Nr. 4, by Heine
Songs from Opus 48.
Lauf der Welt, by Uhland
Dereinst Gedanke mein, by Geibel
Zur Rosenzeit, by Goethe
Johannes Brahms 
Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund, from Deutsche Volkslieder
Sapphische Ode, Op. 94 Nr. 4, by Hans Schmidt
Ach, wende diesen Blick Op. 57 Nr. 4, by Georg Friedrich Daumer
Auf dem Kirchhofe Op. 105, Nr. 4, by Detlev von Liliencron
Franz Schubert 
aus dem Nachlass
Im Abendrot, by C. Lappe
Ludwig van Beethoven 
Op.128
Der Kuss, by C. F. WeisseRobert Stolz
from MÄDI
Bißchen Liebe tut gut
The Artists
Presented by THE GERMAN FORUM​ © 2021

Alexander Liebermann

Alexander Liebermann

Doriana Tchakarova

Doriana Tchakarova

Hartmut Höll

Hartmut Höll

Nkosi Nkululeko

Nkosi Nkululeko

Äneas Humm

Äneas Humm

February 1, 2021

Gesänge aus der Ferne: the “Songs from Afar” Series

February 2021

A Message to our Members and Friends

Dear Members & Friends,

We are happy to offer our members, supporters and friends a string of virtual concerts to lift your spirits during the current pandemic.

From February to June 2021, you will receive a link to a virtual recital once a month that will allow you to listen – at your leisure – to new and original music commissioned by the German Forum and never before performed anywhere.
Each of these five works was composed by a young composer and is performed by some of the finest musicians who have performed at the German Forum in the past.

The musicians, most with a connection to German-speaking Europe, will not only perform – premiere, to be precise – the music, but will also moderate and introduce the programs.

We are extremely proud that Ries & Erler, a leading music publisher located in Berlin, Germany will publish these five compositions, with full credit to the German Forum.

Enjoy these programs especially curated for the German Forum community!

Please feel free to share your feedback.

Musically yours,

Barbara Heming, President
Babette Hierholzer, Artistic Director
Guy A. Reiss, Chairman

The February 2021 Program

0:06​ Welcome

1:52​ from “Vier Sonette an Orpheus”
IV. Singe die Gärten, mein Herz
Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke
Eva Maria Summerer, mezzosoprano
Raphael Fusco, piano

4:02​ “Quarantine Camp” (World Premiere) Commissioned by the German Forum 
5:28​ I. The Economist
8:04​ II. Quarantine Rex
10:46​ III. Memento Mori
12:20​ IV. Quarantine Camp
Poetry by Ryan Vine
Eva Maria Summerer, mezzosoprano
Raphael Fusco, piano

15:12​. Excerpts from “Nouvelles Pièces de Clavecin”
15:59​. II. Labyrinthe
19:25​ V. Fugue on the Theme from “30 Rock”
Raphael Fusco, piano

21:56​ “On Solid Ground”
22:26​ I. A Link to the Past
24:41​ II. Daydream
28:13​ III. Chaconne
Raphael Fusco, piano

31:23​ Improvisation in the Style of Beethoven
for Barbara Heming
Raphael Fusco, piano

37:17​ “I Worried” Poem by Mary Oliver
Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor
Raphael Fusco, piano

40:36​ Excerpts from “An American Requiem”
40:50​ IV. Domine Jesu
Stanley Jackson, tenor
Anna Sutyagina, piano
45:05​ XI. In Paradisum
Raphael Fusco, conductor and organ

48:29​ from “Racconti”

49:03​ “È Sera” Poem by Antonio Cozzitorto
Eva Maria Summerer, mezzosoprano
Raphael Fusco, piano

52:20​ “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
Raphael Fusco, piano

56:08​ End Credits

The Artists
RAPHAEL FUSCO, composer, piano, organ, conductor​
EVA MARIA SUMMERER, mezzosoprano
RYAN VINE, poet​
NICHOLAS TAMAGNA, countertenor
STANLEY JACKSON, tenor
ANNA SUTYAGINA, piano
Presented by THE GERMAN FORUM​ ©2021 Raphael Fusco
Eva Maria Summerer, photo by Annemone Taake Photographie

Eva Maria Summerer, photo by Annemone Taake Photographie

Ryan Vine

Ryan Vine

Raphael Fusco

Raphael Fusco

December 15, 2020

Organist Michael Hey, who performed for the German Forum in February 2016, has prepared a festive virtual concert for us to enjoy this month!

The program lasts one hour, and includes introductions to each piece and commentary on each organ featured in the concert.

Members of the German Forum will have access to Michael Hey’s online program that they may access throughout the holiday season to enjoy at their leisure!

Described as “scintillating” and “tremendously virtuosic” (The Straits Times, Singapore), concert organist Michael Hey has been increasingly visible on U.S. and international stages. He has performed organ concertos with the San Francisco Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, and New York City Ballet Orchestra. Michael has appeared at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.

In September 2017, Michael received first prize in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music First International Organ Competition. Released in October 2017, Michael’s premiere solo CD recording Michael T. C. Hey plays the Great Organ of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York is available for purchase by the JAV recording label.

In 2015, Michael was appointed Associate Director of Music and Organist of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where one of his first major tasks was to perform for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis. Michael plays for over 700 services a year at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, many of which can be heard on Sirius XM radio, television, and online.

Not exclusively a solo organist, Michael enjoys collaborating with other artists. He has performed with Renée Fleming, Matthew Polenzani, and Isabel Leonard. He performs duo recitals with violinist Christiana Liberis.

Michael is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received his B.M. and M.M. degrees in organ performance under Paul Jacobs. He is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.

Watch this video of Michael playing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC!

VIEW PAST EVENTS »