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Past Events

This site lists some of the past events in the greater Washington area sponsored by the American-Austrian Cultural Society. The upcoming events are listed at AACS Events.


SOME EVENTS IN 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015 - Kaffeehausjause at the Embassy of Austria, with a presentation by Ambassador Manz, music by soprano Aundi Marie Moore and pianist Stan Engebretson, wine and coffee with apple strudel and other delicacies prepared by Austrian Master Chef Wilhelm Jonach. There was a reduced fee for AACS members.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - EU Day at the Embassy of Austria (and embassies of other EU countries). The American-Austrian Cultural Society participated in this popular event once again, providing support for the wine tasting by Klaus Wittauer, and with performances by the Alpine Dancers.

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - Heurigen and Annual Meeting. The Heurigen, held at the Donovan home, is again catered by Wilhelm Jonach, with entertainment by the popular duo "Liab' und Schneid". There is a reduced fee for the Heurigen for AACS members.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Adventnachmittag at the Resident of the Austrian Ambassador. As the year before, Ambassador Manz has again graciously agreed to host the AACS advent celebration at his beautiful residence, and we expect that this elegant event will be a success and sell out like last year. We have again secured the Alpine Singers, and additionally the Alpine Harp to provide musical entertainment, and Wilhelm Jonach and his staff will made sure that nobody will leave hungry or thirsty. There is a reduced ticket price for AACS members.

SOME EVENTS IN 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Book presentation of the new biography of Franz Schubert by renowned Austrian writer and historian Gloria Kaiser at the Embassy of Austria, with musical presentation by Dr. David Montgomery. The event was followed by a wine and cheese reception. The event was sponsored by the American-Austrian Cultural Society.

Monday, February 17, 2014 - Kaffeehausjause at the Embassy of Austria, with a presentation by Ambassador Manz, music by soprano Rosa Lamoreaux and pianist Stan Engebretson, wine and coffee with apple strudel and other delicacies prepared by Austrian Master Chef Wilhelm Jonach. There was a reduced fee for AACS members.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Lecture & Display: "Patent of Nobility. A historic document in the context of its century." The signed Patent of Nobility granted in 1668 by Emperor Ludwig I to Johann Braun von Braunthal was recently donated to the American-Austrian Cultural Society by Mr. Stanley Farrar, a descendant of said grantee. It was displayed in the library of the Austrian Embassy, Washington during the evening; then the AACS will donate the document with its jeweled cross to the Austrian National Archive in Vienna. Dr. Herbert Traxler, President of the AACS, discussed the Patent of Nobility and its recipient in the context of his time, a century which suffered of The Thirty-Years War ( 1618-1648) , a terrible Black Plague epidemic in Vienna, which ended in 1679 and the 2nd Turkish Siege of Vienna.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - EU Day at the Embassy of Austria (and embassies of other EU countries). The American-Austrian Cultural Society participated in this popular event, staffing an information table on the AACS and its activities and funding Wilhelm Jonach's Apfelstrudel demonstrations, which alternated with performances by the Alpine Dancers.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Heurigen and Annual Meeting. The Heurigen, held at the Donovan home, is again catered by Wilhelm Jonach, with entertainment by the popular duo "Liab' und Schneid". There is a reduced fee for the Heurigen for AACS members.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - Washington Saengerbund Fall Concert at the Embassy of Austria. Tickets ($45) are available at www.saengerbund.org. This concert by the Washington Saengerbund celebrating Austrian music, is a collaborative endeavor by the Austrian Embassy’s Cultural Forum, the American-Austrian Cultural Society and the Washington Saengerbund. Hosted by the Austrian Embassy, this concert is part of the cultural program of, and will be promoted by, all three entities. The WSB is in charge of the musical program. The AACS is charged with arranging and organizing the reception; we have engaged Austrian Master Chef Wilhelm Jonach for the receptions.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Adventnachmittag at the Resident of the Austrian Ambassador. As the year before, Ambassador Manz has again graciously agreed to host the AACS advent celebration at his beautiful residence, and we expect that this elegant event will be a success and sell out like last year. We have again secured Liab und Schneid and the Alpine Singers to provide musical entertainment, and Wilhelm Jonach and his staff will made sure that nobody will leave hungry or thirsty. There is a reduced ticket price for AACS members.

SOME EVENTS IN 2013

February 2013 - a TRADITIONAL VIENNESE "Kaffeehausjause" CAFÉ at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008

September 29, 2013 - Annual Meeting and HEURIGEN at the home of AACS members Paula and Donal Donovan. Friends and members of the Society and their guests enjoyed a cheerful afternoon with good food, music & wine.

December 14, 2013 - Annual Adventnachmittag at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador. Featuring traditional Austrian Advent and Christmas music by the Duo "Liab' und Schneid", performed on original Alpine zither instruments and beloved songs of the season presented by the Alpine Singers under the direction of Herbert and Carol Traxler. Hot Glühwein and various other Austrian delicacies of the season were offered.

SOME EVENTS IN 2012

February 20, 2012 - a TRADITIONAL VIENNESE "Kaffeehausjause" CAFÉ at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008

September 2012 - Annual Meeting and HEURIGEN at the home of AACS members Paula and Donal Donovan. Friends and members of the Society and their guests enjoyed a cheerful afternoon with good food, music & wine.

December 2012 - Annual Adventnachmittag. Featuring traditional songs of the season presented by the Alpine Singers under the direction of Herbert and Carol Traxler. Hot Glühwein and various other Austrian delicacies of the season were offered.

SOME EVENTS IN 2011

February 21, 2011 - a TRADITIONAL VIENNESE "Kaffeehausjause" CAFÉ plus screening of a movie at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008

April 6, 2011 - The Ambassador of Austria, Dr. Christian Prosl, and Mrs. Patricia Prosl-Hurni, in cooperation with the American-Austrian Cultural Society invited to an evening with PIANO SOLOS, played by young artists, and SHORT STORY reading by the Ambassador, at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008

April 28, 2011 - Concert "OSTRACIZED MUSIC" performed by the Piano Duo Friederike Haufe & Volker Ahmels at the Austrian Embassy, 524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008.

June 18, 2011 - CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT performed by Earl Williams ('cello) and Raymond Wertheim (piano) at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador, 419 Wyoming Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20008. This was not only a charity event for a special cause but also a farewell to Ambassador Prosl .

October 1, 2011 - Annual Meeting and HEURIGEN, was held at the home of Paula and Donal Donovan. Friends and members of the Society and their guests enjoyed a cheerful afternoon with good food, music & wine.

December 4, 2011 - Annual ST. NIKOLAUS & KRAMPUS Children's Afternoon at the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC 20016. This successful event was attended by a large number of families and children and included spirited entertainment from “The Alpine Singers” and performers playing the roles of traditional Christmas figures.

SOME EVENTS IN 2010

January 19, 2010 - CONCERT followed by Reception. Tibor Kovac, violin [Member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra], Lambert Orkis, piano [Grammy Award Winning Artist], David Hardy, cello [Principal Cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra], organized by the American-Austrian Cultural Society in cooperation with the Embassy of Austria.

February 15, 2010 - TRADITIONAL WIENER KAFFEEHAUS JAUSE with a special musical and literary flavor - in conjunction with the Embassy's current Special Exhibition. Readings in both English and German, from the Viennese Kaffeehaus literature. Ambassador Dr. Prosl read excerpts from Friedrich Torberg's beloved "Tante Jolesch," selection of letters from Mozart, and a variation of coffee definitions. There was the atmosphere of an afternoon in a Viennese Cafe with music, pastries, Apfelstrudel mit Schlagobers prepared by Master Chef Wilhelm Jonach, coffee and tea.

March 19, 20 & 21, 2010 - SCHUBERT, SCHUBERT and SCHUBERT concerts. This successful event is sponsored by the American-Austrian Cultural Society .

April 10, 2010 - FAMILY AFTERNOON: Easter Egg Hunt.

April 23, 2010 - MAGIC OF MUSIC BALL - A Night in Old Vienna . This event was organized by Wintergreen Performing Arts (WPA) at the Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Virginia.

May 9, 2010 - OPEN HOUSE at Embassies of European Countries. The American-Austrian Cultural Society was represented at the Embassy of Austria.

September 26, 2010 - Annual Meeting and HEURIGEN was held at the home of Paula and Donal Donovan. November 29, 2010 - Viennese Ball. The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL), in cooperation with the American-Austrian Cultural Society, extends an invitation for the THIRD ANNUAL VIENNESE BALL at The Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Contact: Martie Goebels.

December 3, 2010 - Viennese Christmas Ball. Contact Margaret Bocek.

December 4, 2010 - Annual ST. NIKOLAUS & KRAMPUS Children's Afternoon at the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC 20016.

December 4, 2010 - ADVENT EVENING at the Residence of the Austrian Embassy, 2419 Wyoming Ave., Washington, DC, 20008.

SOME EVENTS IN 2009

March 20-22, 2009 - SCHUBERT, SCHUBERT and SCHUBERT concerts.This successful event was sponsored by the American-Austrian Cultural Society.

May 3, 2009 - TRADITIONAL VIENNESE COFFEEHOUSE AFTERNOON at the Embassy of Austria.

May 9, 2009 - OPEN HOUSE at Embassies of European Countries. The American-Austrian Cultural Society was represented at the Embassy of Austria.

June 24,2009 - LECTURE at the Embassy of Austria: Helmut Jenkner: HUBBLE TELESCOPE MISSION. This event was held on in cooperation with the Embassy of Austria.

September 3-6, 2009 - Annual WELTBUND Meeting of Austrians Abroad took place in Innsbruck, Austria.

September 23, 2009 - 2nd ANNUAL MEETING of the American-Austrian Cultural Society, was held at the Embassy of Austria; special guest was Ambassador Dr. Christian Prosl.

October 11, 2009 - HEURIGEN was held at the home of Paula and Donal Donovan. Members of the Society and their guests enjoyed a cheerful afternoon with good food & wine.

November 21, 2009 - Viennese Ball. The National Society of Arts and Letters, in cooperation with the American-Austrian Cultural Society, under the gracious patronage of His Excellency, the Ambassador of Austria Christian Prosl, extended an invitation for the SECOND ANNUAL VIENNESE BALL at The Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC.

December 5, 2009 - Cancelled due to heavy snow fall: Annual ST.NIKOLAUS & KRAMPUS Children's Afternoon. St. Nikolaus promised to return in 2010!

SOME EVENTS IN 2008

January 30, 2008 - A SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. The purpose of this meeting was to obtain official approval of the membership to finalize the transformation of The American-Austrian Society into the American-Austrian Cultural Society. The status of the new American - Austrian Cultural Society (A-ACS) and the anticipated next steps can be summarized as follows: During the past two years, the Bylaws and Executive Committees have regularly reported on developments and progress in their efforts to examine, and solidify the legal standing of the Society. Its membership approved each step. It is important to reiterate here that the creation of the A-ACS does not represent a simple name change or tactical maneuver to ultimately achieve a more favorable IRS tax status. Over the past 53 years, and especially the more recent past, the old American-Austrian Society has outgrown its original, largely social purpose. The Articles of Incorporation and specifically the Bylaws of the new A-ACS* clearly outline the new cultural mission, the charitable commitment, and the significantly expanded geographic horizons of this new entity.

At their most recent Board meeting, the original three directors of the new corporation, Messrs. Schott, Obernberger, and Evans, (in the past also ably supported by Richard and Margo Franzen,) have amended their bylaws to include a conflict of interest clause (required by the IRS), and have adopted a resolution appointing Ambassador Montgomery, Ms. Wiesner, Ms. Merwald, Mrs. Rhomberg, and Mr. Mussienko additional Directors in the new corporation on an interim basis.

In the Special Meeting, the membership of the old organization needed to vote on the transfer of all assets of The American-Austrian Society (A-AS) to the American-Austrian Cultural Society (A-ACS), followed by a vote to dissolve the former. After favorable votes on those two motions, all members were welcomed into the new Society. The first regular voting, with staggered appointments under the new bylaws, occurred at the regular ANNUAL MEETING on May 14, 2008.

Once the organizational steps as outlined have been achieved, the Directors of American-Austrian Cultural Society will have a solid foundation for completing and submitting the presently developing application to the IRS for granting this new organization 501(c)(3) status under the IRS tax code, in order to effectively pursue its mission.

*By-Laws of the new A-ACS are available upon email request to americanaustriansociety@gmail.com or by download at By-Laws of A-ACS

June 12, 2008 - "Humor in der Deutschen Sprache" - Alfred Obernberger and Ulli Wiesner read from works by Wilhelm Busch, Joachim Ringelnatz, Christian Morgenstern, Erich Kaestner, Josef Weinheber, Friedrich Thorberg and more.

June 29, 2008 - European Soccer Championship 2008. The final match was broadcast live from Vienna and shown at the Austrian Embassy; soccer fans enjoyed a buffet - great sausages, and drinks - lots of beer.

September 28, 2008 - The Traditional Heurigen was held at the residence of Mr. & Mrs.Donal Donovan; gourmet food was provided by Old Europe, Restaurant and Catering.

November 15, 2008 - Viennese Ball at the Cosmos Club, with Music of Con Brio (organized by National Society of Arts and Letters).

December 6, 2008 - Afternoon with St. Nikolaus & Krampus. The event was well attended, great spirit, Christmas music performed by Christian Meyers from Trinity Church, Upperville, accompanied by students Shauna Kreidler and Drew Colby from Shenandoah Conservatory, VA; everybody enjoyed our new venue this year: The Church of The Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave,NW, Washington, DC .

SOME EVENTS IN 2007

Concert March 5, 2007 - Concert with Tibor Kovac & Lambert Orkis at the Embassy of Austria. Sponsored by the American-Austrian Society. The concert with Tibor Kovac, violin (member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), and Lambert Orkis, piano (Grammy Award Winning Artist) had this Program: Mozart, Sonata for Piano and Violin in B Flat Major, KV 454, and Sonata for Piano and Violin in E Flat Major, KV 481, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata for Piano and Violin in D Major, Op. 12, No.1, Sergey Prokofiev, Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 94a.

Clark House Saturday, April 22, 2007 - Kaffeehaus Jause at the Embassy of Austria. The Society's Annual Traditional Wiener Kaffeehaus Jause was held at the exquisitely restored HISTORIC CLARK HOUSE, 6332 Barcroft Mews Drive, Falls Church, VA. We recreated the look, the musical sounds, the taste and smell, and the atmosphere of an afternoon in a Viennese Coffee House. Master Chef Wilhelm "Willi" Jonach provided us with "the real Viennese Apple Strudel." Other traditional coffee house pastries were provided by the Watergate Pastry [Proprietor Anton Obernberger] , Helmut Sachers Coffee, courtesy of Austria's Finest Naturally. (Tea was also served). Violonist Pamela Ferguson brought us the sounds of Vienna.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Annual Meeting, held at the Embassy of Austria.

Heurigen Sunday, October 7th, 2007 - The American-Austrian Society's Heurigen. (In Vienna, Austria, we call it "ausg'steckt is") at Heinrich & Anna Hoffman's House (Alibi Catering), Catlett, VA. We had delightful music and plenty of delicious food and wine and other drinks.

Adventnachmittag 2007 December 2, 2007, 3-5 pm - Afternoon with St Nikolaus and Krampus was held at the Embassy of Austria under the patronage of H.E. The Ambassador of Austria, Dr. Eva Nowotny. There were also music and refreshments at this annual charity event for the benefit of children in SOS Villages in Austria and the United States.

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