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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

April 26, 2021

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

April 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 April 2021 Premiere:

Composed by Margarete Huber

GLÄNZENDE AUGEN. JUNGES TRÄUMEN. – Shining eyes. Young dreaming. (2021)

A concert aria for lyric coloratura soprano and piano

Text: Alfred Döblin, from „Jagende Rosse“ (Hunting horses) (1900)

Soprano: Christine Reber

Piano: Robert Bärwald

The Artists

Christine Reber

Margarete Huber

Robert Bärwald

The April 2021 Concert

The April 2021 Program

Works by composer Margarete Huber:

GLÄNZENDE AUGEN. JUNGES TRÄUMEN. – Shining eyes. Young dreaming. (2021)

A concert aria for lyric coloratura soprano and piano

Text: Alfred Döblin, from „Jagende Rosse“ (Hunting horses) (1900)

Soprano: Christine Reber

Piano: Robert Bärwald

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KURZE BLITZE, DONNER, SONNE, WIND UND REGEN – Short lightning, thunder, sun, wind and rain (2020)

A cycle of 12 miniatures for piano with preparations

Piano: Fidan Aghayeva-Edler

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AN EVENING IN SPRINGTIME (2021)

for soprano and piano

Soprano & piano: Margarete Huber

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SCHATTENLOS – Shadowless (2017) (Excerpts)

Chamber opera for baritone, bass-baritone, piano, and multi-channel addition

(with harpsichord, strings, recorders, zither, percussion objects, electronics, synthesizer, and breath sounds),

Composition & Tape: Margarete Huber
Libretto: Steffen Thiemann, with excerpts from Adalbert von Chamisso´s „ Peter Schlemihl’s wondrous story“ and Poems
Musical direction/piano: Insa Bernds
Idea & direction: Birgit Grimm
Light & space: Felix Grimm

With: Nicolás Lartaun & Benoit Pitre (Baritone/Bass-Baritone)

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A song by Bruno Droste:

TAKING A TRIP WITH YOU FINAL (1955)

Soprano: Christine Reber

with Musicians of the SWR Big Band

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THE ARTISTS

Margarete Huber – composer, pianist, soprano
Christine Reber – soprano
Robert Bärwald – pianist
Fidan Aghayeva-Edler – pianist
Insa Bernds – pianist
Nicolás Lartaun – baritone
Benoit Pitre – bass-baritone
SWR Big Band

Other Featured Artists

Fidan Aghayeva-Edler

Insa Bernds

Benoit Pitre, photo by Saskia Pavek

Nicolás Lartaun, photo by Marjiola Rukaj

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

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