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American-Austrian Cultural Society Events

This site lists the current events in the greater Washington area sponsored by the American-Austrian Cultural Society.
Also, Austrian Cultural Forum, Washington lists events sponsored by the Cultural Forum of the Austrian Embassy. Other events of interest are listed at , http://www.traxlers.org/events.


EVENTS IN 2011


December 4, 2011, 2:30 - 3:30 pm:
Annual ST.NIKOLAUS & KRAMPUS Children's Afternoon at the Church of the Annunciation,
3810 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC 20016


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

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June 18, 2011
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
performed by Earl Williams ('cello) and Raymond Wertheim (piano)
at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador
2419 Wyoming Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20008
this was not only a charity event for a special cause but also a farewell to Ambassador Prosl

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April 28, 2011
please mark your calendar for a very special concert "OSTRACIZED MUSIC"
performed by the Piano Duo Friederike Haufe & Volker Ahmels
at the Austrian Embassy,
3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
for detailed information pls. click here: Motivational Thoughts by the Piano Duo

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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
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February 21, 2011
a TRADITIONAL VIENNESE "Kaffeehausjause" CAF╔, plus screening of a movie
at the Austrian Embassy,
3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
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EVENTS IN 2010

December 4, 2010
ADVENT EVENING at the Residence of the Austrian Embassy,
2419 Wyoming Ave., Washington, DC, 20008
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December 4, 2010, 1:30 - 3:30 pm:
Annual ST.NIKOLAUS & KRAMPUS Children's Afternoon at the Church of the Annunciation,
3810 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC 20016


December 3, 2010: Viennese Christmas Ball
for detailed information pls. click here: Viennese Christmas Ball
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November 29, 2010:
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; to receive an invitation please contact Martha Goebel, MartieGoebel@gmail.com, or Catriona Tudor Erler (434) 953-6780, Catriona@CatrionaTudorErler.com
for detailed information pls. click here: Third Annual Viennese Ball
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September 26, 2010:
Annual Meeting and 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

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May 9, 2010:
OPEN HOUSE at Embassies of European Countries
The American-Austrian Cultural Society was represented at the Embassy of Austria
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April 23, 2010
MAGIC OF MUSIC BALL - A Night in Old Vienna
this event was organized by Wintergreen Performing Arts (WPA)

The 2010 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy will take place from July 5 - August 1, 2010 at the Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Virginia
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March 19, 20 & 21April 10, 2010
FAMILY AFTERNOON: Easter Egg Hunt
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March 19, 20 & 21, 2010
SCHUBERT, SCHUBERT and SCHUBERT concerts
for further information pls. refer to: http://www.stompingground.com/schubert/

This successful event is sponsored by the American-Austrian Cultural Society
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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 Caf´┐Ż with music, pastries, Apfelstrudel mit Schlagobers prepared by Master Chef Wilhelm Jonach, coffee and tea
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January 19, 2010, 7:30 pm
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
bullet click here for review by Bob Anthony, Performing and Visual Arts Review

EVENTS IN 2009

December 5, 2009:
for the 1st time, we needed to cancel what would have been our 15th event of the Annual ST.NIKOLAUS & KRAMPUS Children's Afternoon
we expected guests as far away as Baltimore, Pennsylvania, the Washington Metropolitan Area: heavy snow fall prevented us from a celebration, all young and older children, so much were looking forward to;
St.Nikolaus promised to return in 2010!

November 21, 2009:
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, extends an invitation for the SECOND ANNUAL VIENNESE BALL
at The Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC

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

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;

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

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

May 3rd, 2009:
TRADITIONAL VIENNESE COFFEEHOUSE AFTERNOON

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

EVENTS IN 2008

December 6:
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
view photos by Gerda Merwald

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

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

June 29:
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

June 12:
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.

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A SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING took place on January 30, 2008

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

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Events in 2007

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.

Concert
March 5, 2007
Concert with Tibor Kovac & Lambert Orkis at the Embassy of Austria.
Sponsored by the American-Austrian Society. View report and photos by Gerda Merwald. 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.
View report and photos by Gerda Merwald
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
. Our newly elected officers are listed on the web page and in the newsletter.

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.
See the report and photos by Gerda Merwald.

Photo reports and past events.

Last update: October 2011
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