World Peace Through Trade: The Role of International Organizations TodayWith Gabrielle Marceau from the World Trade Organization
Tuesday, February 12 at 06:30 p.m.
Free for Members / $10 Non-Members
More Info: https://www.af-chicago.org/event/tovxRJQT
"When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will," said 19th century French economist Frédéric Bastiat. The World Trade Organization in Geneva is one some thirty other organizations, such as NATO or UNICEF, created after World War II to help prevent such devastating world conflict from ever happening again.
But the relevance of these organizations is being called into question by a US administration keen to pull away from many world accords. International trade has become into a hot political topic at the center of the news cycle, with the potential to impact not only the stock market but the very lives of people across the globe.
Please join us in welcoming Professor Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counselor in the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, who will survey the state of multilateral trade relationships, ( or discuss these turbulent international developments). She will evaluate the possibilities for conflict, suggest how to resolve those conflicts should they arise, and respond those asking if the tools created to maintain a peaceful and prosperous international order are still adapted to our new normal.
Professor Gabrielle Marceau has had a long and distinguished career with the WTO over the last 25 years. Now a Senior Counselor in the Legal Affairs Division, she was one of the four advisors in the cabinet of WTO Director General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2010, making her a highly accomplished expert on the subject of transnational law. She is a professor at the University of Geneva, and has held world presidency of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) for many years. She has published extensively on international law and trade, and frequently participated in international conferences in both French and English. Professor Marceau studied at the London School of Economics, while her professional journey has taken her from Quebec to Geneva.
Music by Rudolph Ganz and Friends
Sunday, February 24, (Rudolph Ganz's birthday) at 2:30 pm, Rudolph Ganz Memorial Hall of Chicago College of Performing Arts, 430 South Michigan, 7th Floor of the Auditorium Building. Sponsored by Roosevelt University.
Saturday, March 23, at 2:30 pm, Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton. Sponsored by the Newberry Library Rudolph Ganz Fund. Sunday, April 28, at 2:30 pm, PianoForte Hall,1335 South Michigan. Sponsored by the PianoForte Foundation.
More Info: https://www.newberry.org/03232019-rudolph-ganz-festival-2019
Recitals will feature Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Contemporary music. They include pieces by Ganz himself, some of which have never been recorded commercially and are seldom performed. Other composers featured are contemporaries of Ganz and those he knew personally, including Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Béla Bartók, Frank Martin, and Cécile Chaminade.
Performers have been invited to participate and to donate their talents. A variety of artists from students of Ganz to contemporary students in piano, vocal, and instrumental chamber music will perform.
Consult the inventory of the Rudolph Ganz papers at the Newberry.
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About Rudolph Ganz
Rudolph Ganz (February 24, 1877-August 2, 1975) was a Swiss-American pianist, conductor, composer, and educator. A pupil of Ferruccio Busoni in Berlin, Rudolph Ganz made his piano debut as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1899. In the fall of 1900 he came to Chicago and joined the piano department of the Chicago Musical College where he succeeded Arthur Friedheim. He remained in Chicago for the next 5 years. In 1903 he made his American orchestral debut as soloist with the Chicago Orchestra under Theodore Thomas in a first Chicago performance of d'Indy's Symphony No. 1. On March 5, 1905, Ganz became the first pianist to perform Ravel's music in America, playing Jeux d'eau in a Chicago recital at the Music Hall, Fine Arts Building. He continued his first American performances of Ravel's music in a New York City recital in Mendelssohn Hall on November 8, 1907, playing Oiseaux tristes and Barque sur l'océan. In 1908 Ravel dedicated Scarbo from Gaspard de la nuit to Ganz. In 1923 Ganz was awarded the French Legion of Honor for introducing Ravel and Debussy to American audiences.
From fall 1905 to spring 1908 Ganz lived in New York City and began concert tours throughout North America, Europe, and Cuba. In 1908 he moved to Berlin to teach and concertize. In 1913 Ganz began recording piano rolls for Welte-Mignon and Duo-Art, and in 1916 for Pathé. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Ganz returned to New York City and taught at the Institute of Musical Art (later The Juilliard School). In 1920 in Carnegie Hall, he conducted the New York Philharmonic in his own performance of Liszt's E-flat Major Piano Concerto, using the Aeolian Company's Duo-Art reproducing Weber grand piano and becoming the first pianist to conduct an orchestra for the concerto in which he played by piano roll.
In 1921 Ganz became the fourth music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. From 1921 to 1927 during his six seasons with the orchestra, Ganz never retreated from introducing diverse repertoire. His symphonic programs attracted national attention and were widely discussed in professional magazines. In 1928 Ganz returned to Chicago and rejoined the Chicago Musical College, serving as artistic director from 1930 to 1933 and then as president from 1934 to 1954. Ganz persisted in his efforts to educate audiences to new music. In 1931 he founded and conducted the National Chamber Symphony, sponsored by NBC, which was especially known for performing contemporary music. He conducted first performances with orchestras in the Chicago area, appeared on a number of popular national radio programs, and became permanent conductor of the Young People's Concerts in New York and San Francisco from 1939 to 1948, and in Chicago from 1944 to 1946. An Associated Press release in 1938 called Ganz "a one-man force in American music" and "one of the most successful musicians with children."
In 1954 Chicago Musical College merged with Roosevelt University and Ganz became president emeritus of the college. From 1954 until 1966 he continued teaching, gave lectures and interviews for educational radio and television, performed in joint recitals of contemporary music with mezzo-soprano Esther LaBerge including a world premiere of early Webern songs at the First International Webern Festival in Seattle in 1962, and authored a number of publications among which was Rudolph Ganz Evaluates Modern Music (1968).
In 1957 Louis Sullivan's handsomely restored Banquet Room in Chicago's Auditorium Building (since 1947 Roosevelt University) was renamed the Rudolph Ganz Memorial Recital Hall, and Frank Lloyd Wright came to Chicago to raise funds for the restored recital hall. Mayor Richard J. Daley named Rudolph Ganz "Honorary Ambassador of Music from Chicago to the World" in 1964 and Governor Otto Kerner in 1967 officially designated February 24 "Rudolph Ganz Day in Illinois." In 1968 Andre Malraux, French minister of cultural affairs, awarded Ganz Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Rudolph Ganz married American soprano Mary Forrest in Berlin in 1900. They had one son, Anton Roy, who served as Swiss ambassador to the Soviet Union, among other countries. Ganz became an American citizen in 1925. After Mary died in 1956, Ganz married Esther LaBerge, concert singer and associate professor of voice at Chicago Musical College, in 1959. She had one daughter, Jeanne Colette Collester, a professor of art history.
Ganz died at the age of ninety-five, in Chicago. A newspaper headline read: "A Last link with Liszt passes on."
Free and open to the public; registration required. Register using this online form by 11 am Saturday, March 23.
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Francophonie Kick Off / Soirée CommuneGet your passport for a world of food and music! Friday, March 1 at 06:30 p.m.
Admission $25 / Students $15
54 W Chicago Ave
More Info: https://www.af-chicago.org/event/6kE2LcqU
Get your passport to enjoy a world of regional delights and libations from Belgium, Canada, France, Haiti, Quebec, Romania, Switzerland and Togo!
And don't miss the sugar shack, or cabane à sucre, in our courtyard, rain or shine!
A special spotlight this year on Louisiane, named observer by the Organisation Internationale de la francophonie, with a rousing musical performance by The Cajun Vagabonds!
Better safe than sorry! Please register early for this popular event.
Rudolph Ganz Festival 2019Music by Rudolph Ganz and Friends
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Recital 2:30 pm; Reception 4 pm
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public
More Info: https://www.newberry.org/03232019-rudolph-ganz-festival-2019
To celebrate the musical legacy and contributions of Rudolph Ganz (1877-1972), a series of three concerts will take place in 2019. Each concert will have a different program, different performers, and a different location in order to reach new audiences. Collaboration between The Newberry, Chicago College of the Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, the PianoForte Foundation, the Ganz family, sponsors, and donors will ensure a memorable series.
Readings Literaturlenz: Pierre Jarawan (G), Gianna Molinari (CH), Laura Freudenthaler (A)LitLenz 2019 © Goethe-Institut Chicago
150 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, lL 60601
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Reading with Authors from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria Hallo, Grüezi, Servus! Literature from the three German-speaking countries.
Each year Literaturlenz brings together the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the Swiss and the Austrian cultural institutions for an evening of readings in German. Each author represents a unique voice in contemporary German-language literature. In 2018, we welcome Pierre Jarawan from Germany, Gianna Molinari from Switzerland, and Laura Freudenthaler from Austria.
Our Literaturlenz writers will also visit the University of Illinois at Chicago (April 2, 11:00 am), the University of Chicago (April 3, at 4:30 pm), the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, (April 4, 6:00 pm), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (April 5, 4:00 pm), for readings with German students and faculty.
Samir's parents fled Lebanon to Germany shortly before his birth. When his beloved father disappears without a trace, Samir is eight. Now, twenty years later, he sets off for the land of the cedars to solve the mystery of this disappearance. A family story, touching, surprising and masterfully interwoven with the fate of the Middle East.
Pierre Jarawan © Marvin Ruppert Pierre Jarawan is an author, slam poet, stage writer, organizer and presenter from Munich. He was born in 1985 as the son of a Lebanese father and a German mother in Amman, Jordan, after his parents had left Lebanon because of the civil war. Since 2009 he has been one of the most successful stage poets in the German-speaking world. His debut novel Am Ende bleiben die Zedern was published in 2016 by Berlin Verlag. The book was on the SPIEGEL bestseller list. Pierre Jarawan lives in Munich. He is currently working on his second novel.
ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN HERE
A young woman is employed as a night watchwoman in a packaging factory. The days of the packaging factory are numbered, most of the employees have already left. When a wolf is suspected on the premises, cracks appear in the uniformity. Does it really exist? How dangerous is it? The night watchwoman is to dig a pit during her shifts. But the more exactly she follows the wolf's trail, the deeper she digs and the more layers she removes, the more questions arise. What about the man who fell out of an airplane near the factory? And what about the bank robber, whose phantom picture looks so deceptively like the night watchwoman's face?
Gianna Molinari © Christoph Oeschger From 2009 to 2012, Gianna Molinari studied literary writing at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel and subsequently Modern German Literature at the University of Lausanne. She currently lives in Zurich, where she co-founded the art action group Literature for What Happens. For this project she received a recognition award from the city of Zurich in 2016. In 2017 she read Loses Mappe at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition and received the 3sat Prize.
In 2018, with her novel debut Hier ist noch alles möglich she was nominated for the longlist of the German Book Prize and for the Swiss Book Prize and received the Robert Walser Prize.
The ghost stories of our time revolve around the alienation and invisibility of people in their environment, their everyday life. This is exactly what Laura Freudenthaler's new novel is all about. She approaches Anne and Thomas quietly. After twenty years in their shared apartment, Anne suspects that Thomas is having an affair. He becomes increasingly absent, while the "girl", as Anne calls the unknown, appears in the apartment as a scurrying, whispering ghost. What has become too familiar begins to change, and we follow Anne oppressively close to a state of disturbance.
Laura Freudenthaler © Marianne Andrea Borowiec Laura Freudenthaler, born 1984 in Salzburg, studied German, Philosophy and Gender Studies. She lives in Vienna. The collection of stories Der Schädel von Madeleine. Paargeschichten was published 2014. For her first novel Die Königin schweigt, Freudenthaler was awarded the Bremen Literature Prize 2018 and the novel was awarded best German-language debut novel at the Festival du premier Roman 2018 in Chambéry.