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Book Briefs: July/August 2013

OUT OF TUNE PIANO BLUES Prolific concert pianist, teacher, and recording artist James Boyk has been Pianist in Residence for 30 years at the California Institute of Technology. He also spent 25 years in a second post as Lecturer in Music in Electrical Engineering at Caltech, integrating music, science and technology in his course, “Projects […]

“Vogerl” Takes Flight

“Vogerl” Takes Flight

The first warm evening in June saw the première of the film “Das Glück is a Vogerl” (“Luck is a little bird”) at Vienna’s Breitenseer Lichtspiele, one of the oldest cinemas in continuous operation in the world. It’s a venerable old movie house: Lichtspiele first opened its doors in 1908 (although not in the current […]

Dorotheum breaks records

The Dorotheum has been exceptionally successful in 2013. They have been breaking their own records for modern, contemporary and silver auctions, and a recent Old Masters sale ranked second best in the auction house’s history. Most noteworthy was the world record price for a piece by Austrian painter Hans Makart. The painting, The Death of […]

Law Without Justice

Law Without Justice

It started in Paris, famous for baguettes, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. And most of all, for its romance. Beth Alexander, then 22, had the world lying at her feet when she came to France seven years ago for an international students’ weekend. About to graduate from Cambridge University and accepted for a masters […]

Spittelberg summer stage

As the first heatwave descends on Vienna, the city’s main theatres wrap up their programmes and are ready to close down for the summer months. Re-opened in 2003 and renovated in 2010, the Theater am Spittelberg in the 7th District keeps it’s doors wide open to enable a meet and greet of cultures, powering through […]

The Fifth Column: July 2013

The Fifth Column: July 2013

High Tide for Harel?  A chiaroscuro drama is unfolding behind the scenes of the Hundertwasser exhibition (Japan and the Avant-garde), just ended with a jolly champagne breakfast in the grounds of the Belvedere. It is now clear that the much-loved Austrian eccentric, known for his ascetic lifestyle, was in fact worth a fortune. Along with […]

Pereira: Salzburg to Milan

Alexander Pereira, Intendant (artistic director) of the Salzburg Festival, has announced that he will be leaving effective September 2014 to direct at La Scala in Milan, after a mere three seasons at the venerable institution. Both Pereira and festival officials stressed that the decision to release him from his contract was mutual and the parting […]

Book Review: The Tale of Jozef Tiso: Priest, Politician, Collaborator

Book Review: The Tale of Jozef Tiso: Priest, Politician, Collaborator

While the tumultuous years from 1914-1945 are surely the most researched, and written-about in modern history, the story of the priest-turned-president Jozef Tiso and the fascist Slovak Republic he presided over has been inaccessible to the Anglophone world. But no longer. With the publication of James Mace Ward’s Priest, Politician, Collaborator: Jozef Tiso and the […]

Walk About

When you live abroad for a while, you sometimes stop noticing the differences between Vienna and your homeland – that is until you have visitors from home. When my parents visited recently, they found out the hard way how much extra walking is done in Vienna. Being from America – the Land of Cars – […]

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