June 5, 2015 |
VIENNA - The old saying "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there" definitely applies to what was probably the most important concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2015 European tour. This city, nurturer of composers from Haydn through Schoenberg, truly seems to have its time-warp zones, starting with the Musikverein, its famous concert hall, where capitulation to the past is necessary for any 21st-century orchestra playing a program of composers the Viennese claim as their own: Beethoven and Brahms and (to a lesser extent)
August 31, 2013 |
The silver candlesticks with trumpet bases may be slender and simple, but they have a hefty tale to tell. Come Wednesday at sundown, the start of the Jewish high holy days, those candlesticks will speak volumes when they are center stage on Jeffrey and Barbara Kutscher's holiday table in Moorestown. When Rosh Hashanah comes around next year, the candlesticks will be in a home in Bucks County, or possibly in the Baltimore area. In each new place, their impact will be deeply felt.
July 26, 2013 |
If ever there was a production that illustrated just how problematic Shakespeare's "problem plays" can be, it's the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's Measure for Measure , directed by Fontaine Syer. Syer sets the action in the Vienna of 1900, a city at the top of its cultural game, blossoming as a center of art and design, particularly art nouveau, but also in the year seeing the publication of Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams . Marla Jurglanis' costumes don't reflect art nouveau's flowing, sensuous curves, but that's not what the play's about anyway.
July 6, 2013
Museum Hours A guard at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum explores life, his home city, and the impact of art with a foreign visitor, in Jem Cohen's film. (No MPAA rating, Ritz Bourse)
July 4, 2013 |
LA PAZ, Bolivia - The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country's foreign minister said. Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, which landed in Vienna, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane.
January 26, 2013
Maria Schaumayer, 82, the Austrian Central Bank governor who went on to settle claims filed by Nazi slave-labor victims, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, in her Vienna apartment. The coroner's office gave no cause of death. Ms. Schaumayer was the first woman to lead a central bank in Europe, heading the Austrian institution from 1990 to 1995. After leaving the bank, she led the Austrian government's negotiations to compensate Nazi slave-labor victims. The government agreed in 2000 to pay out $394.5 million.
October 14, 2012
Turhan Bey, 90, an actor whose exotic good looks earned him the nickname of "Turkish Delight" in films with Errol Flynn and Katharine Hepburn before he left Hollywood for a quieter life in Vienna, Austria, has died. Marita Ruiter, who exhibited Mr. Bey's photos in her Luxembourg gallery, told the Austria Press Agency on Tuesday that he had died in Vienna on Sept. 30 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease and was cremated Monday. Born in Austria as Gilbert Selahettin Schultavey, the son of a Turkish diplomat, Mr. Bey assumed his stage name shortly after moving to the United States with his Jewish Czech mother from Vienna to escape the Nazis and being discovered by talent scouts from Warner Bros.
August 11, 2012 |
Beyond the economic and political ramifications of globalization, consider its effect on movie stories: the cross-cultural slice-and-dice, a la Babel , that too often passes for meaning and resonance. In 360 , the new border-hopping feature from City of God director Fernando Mereilles, the faux profundity runs deep, infecting nearly every exchange in each vignette, whether the setting is Berlin, Bratislava, or Paris. Mereilles avoids touristy shots of his multiple locations, yet any sense of realism is undone by contrivance.
August 4, 2012
The internationally renowned Romanian pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa, 33, has been found dead in her apartment in Vienna. The musician's agent, Andreea Butucariu, said in a statement Friday that Ms. Ursuleasa died Thursday from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage and asked for her family's privacy to be respected. Police in Vienna confirmed the cause of death. Butucariu told Romanian media that Ms. Ursuleasa had recently canceled two concerts in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, on unspecified health grounds.
September 11, 2011 |
PETRONELL-CARNUNTUM, Austria - They lived in cells barely big enough to turn around in and usually fought until they died. This was the lot of those at a sensational scientific discovery unveiled this month: well-preserved ruins of a gladiator school in Austria. The Carnuntum ruins are part of a city of 50,000 people 28 miles east of Vienna that flourished about 1,700 years ago, a major military and trade outpost linking the far-flung Roman empire's Asian boundaries to its central and northern European lands.