March 11, 2013 |
New details about the Vienna Philharmonic's past Nazi ties have come to light, with research showing that the venerated orchestra contained its fair share of party members during World War II. The new research was carried out by an independent group of historians and has been published on the orchestra's website. The researchers also reported that in 1938, all of the orchestra's Jewish musicians were dismissed. Five of these musicians died in prison or concentration camps. Nearly half of the musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic were members of the Nazi Party in 1942, with 60 out of 123 musicians identified as party members, according to the study.
February 20, 2013 |
What the above photograph doesn't show is that shoes were allowed during a recent naked art tour held at Vienna's Leopold Museum. The highly unconventional gallery excursion -- in which guests were invited to strip down and walk about -- was tied to the exhibition "Nude Men," a survey of art dealing with the nude male form. Since opening last year, "Nude Men" has sparked a good deal of conversation in Vienna, particularly surrounding its promotional poster, which depicts three fully frontal nude soccer players.
January 30, 2013 |
An art exhibition in Vienna dedicated to the male nude is reportedly welcoming nudists to experience the galleries au naturel after public hours. A spokesman for the Leopold Museum in Vienna told Reuters that there was a request by an association from Germany for a nude guided tour. "We thought about it, and decided it would be a good idea to have a special nude viewing open to the public," the spokesman told the news service. "Nackte Manner" -- "Nude Men" -- features depictions of male nudity in art from the 19th century to the present day. The show caused a stir in Vienna with a promotional campaign that featured a photograph titled "Vive La France" depicting three completely naked soccer players, save for their footwear.
January 28, 2013 |
The 60th season of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County will feature an array of international orchestras, recitals by two of the world's preeminent female pianists and tap into the Benjamin Britten centenary. Among the highlights for 2013-14: --The season's opening night on Oct. 4 features a recital by Van Cliburn gold-medal-winning pianist Olga Kern performing the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes. --Pianist Yuja Wang will give an Oct. 13 recital of material yet to be announced.
January 3, 2013 |
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has garnered a loyal television audience around the world with its annual New Year's concert broadcasts, which air in the U.S. on PBS. But this New Year's celebration was somewhat marred by attacks made on the orchestra concerning its past sympathies to the Nazi party. The venerated orchestra has also found itself under renewed attacks for being the least diverse musical ensemble in the western world in terms of race and gender equality. In past years, the orchestra has been picketed during overseas tours by those who perceive its practices to be discriminatory.
November 18, 2012
CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY AND AUSTRIA Slide show Roberta Kritzia will speak about her travels to Prague, Budapest and Vienna. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. SNOWSHOEING Workshop Experts will offer tips on snowshoeing basics, gear and where to go to get started. When, where: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real. Admission, info : Free.