On Wednesday, September 14 the German Forum presents another exciting Cabaret evening at the famous “Gotham Comedy Club"
Starring the following artists:
Lars Redlich (Berlin)
Tino Honegger (Berlin)
Toni Goldman (New York)
Hanna Young (New York)
Erich Rausch (New York)
Directed by Toni Goldman
Reception: 6:15 pm, Performance 7:00 (sharp)
Gotham Comedy Club
208 West 23rd St.
Between 7th and 8th Avenues
Tickets: $30/ person
Friends of members: $20/ person (as reserved by member)
German Forum Members are invited free of charge
**Reservations are absolutely required**
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/
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:
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
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:
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.
|Ulrich Roman Murtfeld
This event was a hugely successful classical evening at the Saint Peter’s Church. We thank you all for your support and applause!
|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