Austrian Cultural Forum - Calendar of Events
April 6 - 29, 2016

Calendar of Events | April 2016

Exhibition | Gallery KULTURFORMEN: Art by People with Special Needs
April 6 – April 29, 2016 | 10 am – 12 pm | 2 pm – 4 pm
Opening Event: April 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The KULTURFORMEN are an organization of the Institution Hartheim, a Care Centre for people with mental and multiple disabilities in Upper Austria. The exhibition will show works of seven artists, who continuously work with the atelier of the Institution Hartheim.
Artists: Heliodor Doblinger, Alexander Dvorak, Renate Grohe, Josef Mayr, Andrea Obwaller, Christian Pichler, Franz Scharinger.

The KULTURFORMEN was founded in 2002, at the same time as the restauration and opening of the learn- and memorial site “Castle Hartheim”. During the German Third Reich approximately 30,000 people with disabilities have been killed at Castle Hartheim. After World War II the castle was given back to the Charity Club (today named GSI = Gesellschaft für Soziale Initiativen). Nowadays Castle Hartheim is known as a hub for art connected to people with mental and multiple disabilities. Furthermore, they pursuit the discovery, fostering and reflection of creativity and artistic expression of people with disabilities as part of an integral development. Besides an atelier and a gallery, the works are archived and scientifically analysed. The Gallery KULTURFORMEN exist since November 2015 in the centre of Linz, Upper Austria. 

Josef Ramaseder, curator, artist and associate of the institute, will represent the Gallery KULTURFORMEN at the opening.

When: Opening Event: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Exhibition: Wednesday, April 6  – Friday, April 29, 2016 | 10 am – 12 pm2 pm – 4 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington DC 20008

Tickets: No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition.
For the opening event on April, 5 2016 please register at:

Lecture | Kurt Bednar on Frederic Courtland Penfield Last and Undervalued US Minister to Habsburg Vienna in Crisis, 1913-1917
April 13, 2016 | 12 pm

The European Division of the Library of Congress proudly presents a discussion with historian Kurt Bednar. Kurt Bednar attained his doctorate from the University of Vienna. He will discuss the trying times of the last American ambassador to Austro-Hungary as that empire collapsed during the First World War.

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 12 pm
Where:  Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, European Division, Conference Room LJ-250, 1st SE St, Washington DC 20003

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.
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Concert | Washington International Piano Arts Council: The 15th Annual Winners Grand Prix 2016
April 14, 2016 | 6:30 pm

The Washingtion International Piano Arts Council presents “An Evening of Classical Piano Music”.The concert will feature Michael Cheung of Paris and Michael Slavin of New York who were winners of the 2015 and 2014 Washington International Piano Artists Competition. They will showcase their talents presenting works of Chopin, Schumann and others.

Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC) was established in 2001 to promote international friendship and mutual understanding among nations, to provide an educational forum for all levels of professional and non-professional pianists, to create a renaissance of interest in the art of piano artistry and to provide venues worldwide where classical music can flourish in many communities.

When: Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 6:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington DC 20008

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Concert | Alexei Kornienko
April 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Alexei Kornienko is an outstanding musician whose work is characterized both by an unconditional and joyful attention to text and also a boldness in interpretation. This seeming contradiction in fact stands the Austrian-based conductor Alexei Kornienko in very good stead. His work as a pianist of the Russian school, his extraordinarily wide classic and romantic repertoire, is combined profoundly with his work as a conductor, which he has steadily expanded in recent years.

Kornienko has worked with countless internationally renowned orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra and the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has garnered enthusiastic praise from critics. Born in Moscow, Alexei Kornienko began music lessons at the age of five, studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, in Charkov and was prize-winner at the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow. Since his move to Austria in 1990 he has made his name as a respected competition juror as well as a teacher at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium (Carinthian State Conservatory). He is co-founder of the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and a member of the “Bösendorfer Artistic Club”. In 2000 he was appointed as artistic director of the newly founded “Wörthersee Classics Festival”. His work is documented in numerous CDs. Additionally to the amazing program, this concert will see a special occassion - the American premiere of Gabriele Proy's piano piece "Kigen" (2008).

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington DC 20008

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public | Please register at:

Concert | Friedrich Kleinhapl and Andreas Woyke
April 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents two amazing artists.
Anyone who hears Friedrich Kleinhapl at a concert will realize immediately - this man is not playing the cello, he is the cello. His passionate style, his highly individual interpretation, his ability to draw forth inimitable sounds from his instrument, to make it sing - all these characteristics raise Friedrich Kleinhapl above the many other cellists. His virtuosity is not only testimony to his great talent, it is also the expression of an extraordinary life, the product of an unfaltering ambition to achieve musical perfection and the consequence of the drive to abandon the well-trodden paths and break new ground.

An intensive quest and constant search for new and unconventional ways to express music determines the artistic vita of German pianist Andreas Woyke. Woyke's education has been shaped by various international influences. In his work Woyke crosses borders by composing and improvisation, which is a very meaningful part of his life. Woyke is open minded for any styles like rock, jazz-rock, funk, soul, ethno or house as well as the classical epoques and ancient music. In his live concert programs he strives for improvisatory momentum as well.

Since the spring of 2003 Woyke and Kleinhapl have been collaborating very successfully. The duo is performing all over the world and a number of CD-recordings have been published with Ars-Produktion.

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington DC 20008

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public | Please register at:

Lecture | Wolfgang Schwaiger: „The Value of Diversity of Life" as part of the KULTURFORMEN Exhibition
April 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Wolfgang Schwaiger has more than thirty-five years of professional experience in industry, and has worked in various management and consulting positions. In addition, he has participated in many extended assignments in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. His professional focus lies in corporate strategy, communications, capital markets, business and systemic consulting, change management. Furthermore, he has more than twenty-five years experience in teaching at academic institutions, as well as twenty-five plus years experience in charitable and social work. 

The topic of his lecture will be „The Value of Diversity of Life". He will talk about how the attitude towards people with special needs developed since the founding of GSI (Gesellschaft für Soziale Initiativen), a non-profit organization for social initiatives, which is part of the Institution Hartheim. Furthermore, he will talk about other institutions and the history of Castle Hartheim as well as the current activities of the organization.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington DC 20008

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public | Please register at:

The Russian Chamber Arts Society Presents: "...Tender tears and love and life"
April 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to announce the Russian Chamber Arts Society's performance of "...Tender tears and love and life". Enjoy the musical talents of Zhanna Alkhazova (Soprano), Elena Bocharova (Mezzo-Soprano), Viktor Antipenko (Tenor), Vera Danchenko-Stern (Piano). Performed will be songs by Mikhail Glinka, Anton Arensky, Alexander Glazunov, Sergey Taneyev and Sergey Rachmaninov.

The Russian Chamber Arts 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. 

When: Friday, April 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington DC 20008

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