Austrian Cultural Forum - Calendar of Events
February 10 - 29, 2016

CONCERT | Florian Kitt & Harald Ossberger
February 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents the distinguished musical styling of cellist Florian Kitt and pianist Harald Ossberger. Since debuted at the Konyerthaus in Vienna in 1964, and Kitt's passion for music has taken him all over the world. Ossberger, who performed in most European countries, in the Middle East, Asia and the Americas, is also a fervent chamber musician. Both artists are currently professors, Kitt  at the University for Music in Graz and Ossberger at the University of Performing Arts Vienna, since 1970 and 1976, respectively. 

The expected program includes pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Clemens Gadenstätter, Leos Janacek and Benjamin Britten. Previous reviews from past performances, such as those made by the Daily Telegraph, show the duo's performances as 'masterly' and an 'blazingly impressive exhibition', which 'relished the interpretative and technical challenge of the music'.

When: February 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3424 International Court, NW, Washinton, DC 20008
Tickets: Free General Admission! | Please register at:

RECITATION | Jazz Meets Poetry
February 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to bring you an evening of poetry and jazz music with unique performances by actor Felix Kurmayer and pianist Burnett Thompson.

In addition to having studied the performing arts in the United States and in Austria, Kurmayer has also worked as a speaker for many international organizations. Most recently he has stared in "Humus", a play by Michael Nehsl, and will soon be seen on "Rosenheim Cops" in late March of this year.

Thompson, however, was educated at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna, Austria, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Further studies included work with pianist William Masselos, and Jass and Western theory with Steven Strunk. Over the years Burnett Tompson has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Washington Chamber Symphony, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the National Chamber Orchestra.

When: February 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3424 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: Free General Admission! | Please register at:

Valentine's Gala
February 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm

For centuries, people of Europe have flocked to Vienna in the months of January and February to experience the most romantic and lively balls throughout the continent.  Well, tonight, on Valentine’s Weekend, without ever getting on a place, you can come to Austria for a special Valentine’s Ball!

In a single evening experience an era of Old World royalty, fairy tales, and 18th century European charm with a late night touch of 21st century European nightlife as we invite you to a very special evening on Austrian soil for a Viennese Valentine’s Ball and a late night Austrian nightlife celebration!

Don your best outfits and be transported to one of the most beautiful and admired countries in all of Europe as we bring together the glory of Old Austria with the allure of Modern Western Europe. From the music of Strauss and Mozart, to a late-night European style DJ playing your favorite hits, this Austrian Ball has something for everyone.

When: February 13, 2016 | 7:00pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Early Bird General Admission is 70.69$ and Early Bird VIP Admission is 92.22$ | Please register at:

Wiener Kaffeehausjause
February 15, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 5:30pm

The Embassy of Austria hosts the annual American Austrian Cultural Society's "Viennese Coffee House Afternoon". This event offers the perfect chance to sample typical Viennese delicacies, and understand more of an institution, which shaped Viennese culture and "where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill."

Pianist Stan Engebretson and soprano Colleen Daly will set the atmosphere to show that in Vienna a coffee house afternoon entails more than just coffee, it's the center of all cultural and intellectual life.

When: February 15, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 5:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Admission is 40$ for members of the American Austrian Cultural Society and 50$ for non-members| Please register at:

CONCERT | The "Silver Age" of Russian Poetry in Music 
February 26, 2016 | 7:30pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to announce the Russian Chamber Art Society's performance of the "Silver Age" of Russian Poetry in Music with songs by Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Slonimsky and Georgi Sviridov. Enjoy the musical talents of Jasmina Halmic (Soprano), Timur Bekbosunov (Tenor), Kevin Wetzel (Baritone), and Vera Dachenko Stern (Piano). 

The Russian Chamber Art Society strives to enhance the existence of Russian chamber vocal music in the United States. Their repertoire is unique and prolific, and their musical selection encompasses many artists from the 19th century to modern day. The music is highly expressive, lyrical and passionate, and offers a great variety of emotions appealing to all audiences. 

Guests will also welcome to stay for the wine and dessert reception with the artists after their performance. 

When: February 26, 2016 | 7:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: General Admission is $55 ($3.95 Fees) Please register at:

READING AND DISCUSSION | Zeitgeist DC: Contemporary Voices:
Christopher Kloeble, Xaver Bayer, and Pedro Lenz

February 29, 2016 | 6:30pm

In cooperation with Zeitgeist DC the ACFDC presents an evening dedicated to emerging authors in contemporary German literature. 

Among the authors is Christopher Kloeble (Germany), for whom this reading is his US debut. His novel is a sensitive and dramatic family saga and a page-turner titled: "Almost Everything is Fast". Kloeble is an award-winning German novelist and scriptwriter.  "Almost Everything is Fast" is his third book, and his first to be published in English. 

The second voice, Xaver Bayer (Austria) will read from "Furtive Rustling from the Magic Kingdom and Dinner". Bayer is an observing artist who awakens the world around us. He founded the one of the first digital literature collectives, and wrote many novels, stories and theater pieces. 

Pedro Lenz (Switzerland) will read from "Naw Much of a Talker", an acclaimed, award-winning comic novel about truth, lies and storytelling, with an unforgettable and unreliable narrator. Lenz is not only a writer, but also a poet and newspaper columnist. 

All excerpts will be read in both German and English, however, the writers will introduce and discuss their work in English. 

When: February 29, 2016 | 6:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free General Admission! | Please register at:

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