The German Forum announces an Outstanding Classical Concert entitled “Mostly Schubert”
Katharina Hagopian, Soprano
Phillip Solomon, Clarinet
Ulrich Roman Murtfeld, Piano
Babette Hierholzer, Piano
Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center Amsterdam Avenue betw. 64th and 65th Streets
First reception: 6:15 pm
Program: 7:00 pm (punctual)
Second reception: 8:25 pm
Friends of members: $20 (as reserved by members)
Members of the German Forum: free
Reservations are absolutely required:
Pictured top left: Katharina Hagopian; top right: Phillip Solomon; bottom left: Ulrich Roman Murtfeld; bottom right: Babette Hierholzer
What a great classical concert given by the German Forum at the Saint Peter’s Church on March 2 ! Thanks to the wonderful artists Katrin Bulke, Anne Riegler, Stephen Tharp and Artistic Director Babette Hierholzer.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: BABETTE HIERHOLZER, STEPHEN THARP, ANNE RIEGLER, KATRIN BULKE
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“Alma Mahler’s Salon”, a hugely successful musical tribute to Alma Mahler and her famous composer friends with a brilliant introduction by Donna Drewes, Associate Professor of the Humanities, New York University. The musical delicacies were presented by The Lysander Piano Trio (Itmar Zorman, Violin, Michael Katz, Cello and Liza Stepanova, Piano) as well as Edward Klorman, Viola, Elisabeth Wimmer, Soprano, Nils Neubert, Teno and Babette Hierholzer, Piano. The concert was held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center.
Tickle my Funny Bone: Komisches Cabaret & Chanson at the Gotham Comedy Club. The performing artists were Annika Krump (Accordionist & Singer), Lars Redlich (Singer & Guitarist) and Lucie Pohl (Actress). Staged by Karen Kohler (Director/ Singer)
German Forum Annual Meeting held at the Residence of the German Consul General. This members-only event featured Viennese Jazz performed by Swantje Lambert (Saxophone) and Barbara Rektenwald (Piano) and the reports on last year’s events and plans for the German Forum’s future.
This event was a hugely successful classical evening at the Bruno Walter Auditorium featuring works by Bizet, Mahler, Sarasate, Beethoven and Brahms. Our talented artists were Christian Schleicher (Tenor), Martha Chapman (Dancer), Sven Stucke (Violin), Katie Reimer (Pianist). Our artistic advisor Babette Hierholzer was the artistic lead.
“Mostly Verdi & Wagner”, a classical music event starting Judith Thielsen (Mezzo Soprano), Sebastian Naglatzki (Bass), Katie Reimer (Piano), Sven Stucke (Violin) and our artistic director Babette Hierholzer (Piano).
Operetta & Cabaret at the famous Players Club, featuring Olivia Delauré (Soprano & Dancer), Hans-Richard Ludewig (Piano), Laure Barras (Soprano), Kim Smith (Cabaret Singer), Benjamin Ickies (Accordionist). Staged by Karen Kohler (Director/Singer).
German Forum annual meeting hosted by the Consul General of Switzerland. The musical part of the evening consisted of Swiss/ Spanish pianist Katia Michel and German/ American Cellist Peter Schmidt performing pieces by Pablo Casals and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Also discussed at this members-only event were last year’s events, promotional and social media activities and plans for the future
Classical Music Concert featuring Liza Stepanova (Piano), Sarah Wolfson (Soprano), Mirjam Tschopp (Violin & Viola), Babette Hierholzer (Piano), Itamar Zorman (Violin) and Michael Katz (Cello). The event took place at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and the program included selected works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Khatchaturian, Tchaikovsky & Ravel.
“From Berlin to Vienna” The Greatest Songs, a Cabaret Evening at the Bohemian National Concert Hall—featured Christian Schleicher (Tenor), Konstantin Zander (Baritone), Karen Kohler (Cabaret Chanteuse) and Belush Korenyi (Pianist). Songs performed included Bei dir war es immer so schoen, Ich brech’ die Herzen der stolzesten Frauen, Ninon, Tauben vergiften, Du bist nicht die Erste, Frauen sind keine Engel, Jonny, wenn du Geburtstag hast, Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt, Ein Freund, ein guter Freund, Ein Lied geht um die Welt, Bel Ami, Wie schoen waere Wien ohne Wiener, and Sag beim Abschied leise “Servus”.
Classical Music Concert starring Isabel Schmitt (French Horn), Marco Vassalli (Baritone) and German Forum alumni Christine Reber (Soprano), accompanied by Babette Hierholzer (Piano & Artistic Advisor). The event took place at the Ukrainian Institute with 140 people in attendance. The program included works by Mozart, Donizetti, Gliere, Caccini, Leoncavallo, Rossini, R. Strauss, Bozza, Tosti, Pfitzner and Wagner.
Annual Meeting & Chanson Recital at the Private Residence of the Consul General of Germany. Gesine Heinrich, a young Berlin Lieder & Chanson Singer, performed her original work. The evening also included reports on last year’s events and the German Forum’s plans for the future.
Classical Music Concert starring Isabel Gehweiler (Cello), Theresa Derksen (Soprano), Pavlina Horakowa (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Andrew Dwyer (Cello) and Byron Singleton (Tenor) accompanied by Babette Hierholzer (Piano & Artistic Advisor). The event took place at the Bohemian National Hall with 150 people in attendance. The program included works by Beethoven, Schubert, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Mendelssohn, Puccini, Robert Stolz, Villiam Figus-Bystry and A. Dvorak
an Evening of Classical Music – starring Doren Dinglinger (Violin), Julia Küsswetter, (Soprano), Michael Kelly (Baritone) and Guest Artist Byron Singleton (Tenor) accompanied by Babette Hierholzer (Piano). Introduction to the program was given by Rene Pape, Bass, Metropolitan Opera. The event took place at the Hungarian Consulate General with over 130 people in attendance. The program included works by Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Clara Schumann, Liszt, Korngold, Bach, Bartok & Gershwin.
“Berlin Now”, a Cabaret Evening at the Gotham Comedy Club – featured Annika Krump (Accordionist & Chanteuse) and Felicitas Madl (Actress & Dancer). This exciting new form of cabaret mixed chansons with spoken text which were adapted from a wide variety of singers/composers and authors (Edith Piaf and Norah Jones, RioReiser, W. H. Auden and Kurt Weill amongst others). Directed by Uwe Mengel. This special event was sponsored by Bertelsmann and Mr. Kurt F. Leopold.
Annual Meeting and Piano Recital at the Austrian Cultural Forum featuring the outstanding pianist Javor Bracic. Javor performed the “Piano Sonata in C-major” by Joseph Haydn as well as the “Piano Sonata in A-major, Op.101” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Classical Music Concert featuring Nathalie Mittelbach (Mezzo-Soprano), Leonard Bartussek (Cello) and Liv Heym (Violin) accompanied by the acclaimed New York/ Berlin pianist Babette Hierholzer. The program included works by Mozart, Haendel, Bach, Corelli, van Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Liszt, Offenbach and Piazzola. Introductory Remarks by Edward Klorman, Member of the Faculty, Juilliard School of Music.
Literary Evening featuring the young German author Thomas von Steinaecker, who is currently Writer-in-Residence at the Deutsches Haus at New York University. Mr. von Steinaecker has published three books (Wallner beginnt zu fliegen, 2007, Geister, 2008 and Schutzgebiet, 2009) This event took place in a private home in Manhattan, exclusively for members of the German Forum.
Classical Music Concert featuring Elisabeth Seitenberger (Clarinet), Christine Reber (Soprano) and Michael von Schoenermark, (Bassoon) accompanied by the acclaimed New York/ Berlin pianist Babette Hierholzer. The program included works by Schubert, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini, Poulenc, Bizet and Mikhail Glinka. Introductory Remarks by Ken Benson, Vocal Casting Consultant and former Vice President, Columbia Artist Management, Inc.
Annual Meeting and Recital at the Residence of the Consul General of Switzerland featuring the outstanding pianist Teo Gheorghiu. Teo performed the Fantasy in C Minor, KV 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as Sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor by Frederic Chopin.
WEIMAR Berlin Cabaret – featured Bjoern Werner (Weimar) and Adrienne Haan (Bonn). Accompanied on the piano by Veit Wiesler (Weimar). The performance was one of the highlights of the 2009/ 2010 season.
Classical Music Concert featuring Anna-Theresa Steckel (Violin), Julian Steckel (Cello) and Hans Pieter Herman (Baritone) accompanied by the acclaimed New York/ Berlin pianist Babette Hierholzer. The program included works by Clara and Robert Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Saint Saens, Korngold, Massenet and Lehar. Introductory Remarks by Margaret Juntwait, Host/Announcer Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcasts and MetOpera Radio on Sirius/XM
Literary Evening featuring the young German author, Joerg Albrecht, who is currently Writer-in-Residence at the Deutsches Haus at New York University. Mr. Albrecht has published two books (Drei Herzen, 2006, and Sternstaub, Goldfunk, Silberstreif, 2008) from which he read during the evening. Topics included the German book scene of the 90’s and how it pertains to former Eastern German Authors. This event took place in a private home in Manhattan, exclusively for members of the German Forum.
An Evening of Classical Music starring Barbara Buntrock (Viola), Haakon Schaub (Baritone), Heidi Sauser (Soprano). These outstanding artists were accompanied by Babette Hierholzer (Piano). The program included works by Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, Liszt, Strauss, Wagner, Paganini and Bartok. Introductory Remarks were by Ira Siff, weekly commentator, Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts.
Annual Meeting and Recital at the Residence of the Consul General of Germany featuring Soprano Katharina Hagopian and Pianist Cristina Stanescu. The program included works by Franz Schreker’s “Five Songs Op. 4.”; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Opera “Idomeneo”, J. Massenet’s Opera “Manot” and J. Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”.
BERLIN CABARET— An Evening with Lenya, Marlene and Zarah at Gotham Comedy Club 208 West 23rd Street (between 6th & 7th). Starring Karen Kohler, Micaela Leon, and Olivia Stevens with Musical Director Daryl Kojak. Directed by Karen Kohler. This special event was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA.
Classical Music Concert featuring: Franka Herwig (24), an outstanding Classical Accordionis and Christian Schleicher (29), Tenor. The singers were accompanied by the acclaimed New York/ Berlin pianist Babette Hierholzer. This was a joint event together with the Deutscher Verein, NY.
Literary Evening featuring the young German author Nora Bossong, whose first novel Gegend was published in 2006. She presented some of her poems and also read a chapter from her new novel Webers Protokoll. The reading took place in a private home in Manhattan, exclusively for members of the German Forum. The author also presented two other examples of young contemporary German literature: Tilman Rammstedt’s Der Kaiser von China and Alina Bronsky’s Scherbenpark. Discussion continued on the lively literature scene of Berlin and Leipzig.
The 4th event in the 30th anniversary year featured the Hamburg musicians Sarah Ferede (Mezzo-Soprano), Katharina Weiss (Violin) and Hellen Weiss (Violin), accompanied by Babette Hierholzer (Piano). The introduction to the program was given by Friedrich Meyer-Oertel, Opera Stage Director, Darmstadt, Germany. The event took place at the Kosciuszko Foundation Concert Hall with over 90 people in attendance.
The evening featured the exciting young Polish-born (and German-speaking) Violinist Kinga Augustyn, a former student at the Conservatory of Music in Rostock, Germany, and a recent master’s graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. She began the evening with Paganini’s Caprice No. 24, Op. 1 for solo violin followed by the “Zigeunerweisen” by Pablo Sarasate. Her accompanist was the accomplished young pianist Erika Switzer.
‘Weimar Berlin Cabaret’ Event on 6/10 a Rousing Success:Singers Karen Kohler (born in Frankfurt), Micaela Leon (born in Stuttgart) & guest artist Kim Smith (born in Australia) accompanied by pianist Uli Geissendoerfer (born in Munich) came together for a fabulous cabaret evening entitled “It’s all a Swindel” (‘Alles Schwindel’) at the sold-out Dance New Amsterdam Theater in Manhattan.
A very Special Evening of Classical Music Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the German Forum.