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Date for your 2018 diaries:
Thomas Gaynor Organ Recital & Pre-Concert Talk at St. Mary of the Angels
Prizewinning organist Thomas Gaynor will be back in his home town to play in recital on the Maxwell Fernie Organ in St Mary’s, with a programme including works by Bach and Mendelssohn, as well as Widor’s Sixth Organ Symphony.
In 2017, Thomas was the first organist since Gillian Weir to win first and audience prizes in the St Albans International Organ Competition. He is also a laureate of the Tokyo-Musashino Organ competition, the Bach-Liszt Organ Competition in Erfurt/Weimar, and the Sydney International Organ Competition.
Thomas recently became the first organist in thirty years to be awarded the coveted Artist’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he is studying.
The concert begins at 7.30pm. Please note that Thomas will also be giving a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm about his experiences competing in Germany on Bach’s organs and other historic instruments of the time.
This fundraising concert is to assist Thomas to complete the final year of his doctorate in Organ Performance and Literature at Eastman. Entry is by koha at the door ($20 suggested). Find out more »
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 5.30pm in VZ 606, Von Zedlitz Building, Victoria University of Wellington (Kelburn Parade).
Regie/Director: Konrad Wolf (1963/64)
1961 in der DDR, kurz vor dem Bau der Mauer. Rita Seidel ist nach ihrem Zusammenbruch aus der Stadt Halle in ihr Dorf zurückgekehrt, um Ruhe zu finden. Sie erinnert sich an die vergangenen Jahre, an ihre Liebe zum Chemiker Manfred Herrfurth, an ihre Arbeit in einer Waggonfabrik und an ihr Studium fürs Lehramt. In der Fabrik und an der Uni gab es Probleme mit politischen Opportunisten und ideologischen Hardlinern; Ritas Liebesbeziehung fand ein Ende, nachdem Manfred, verbittert über die Betonköpfe, die sein neues chemisches Verfahren abgelehnt hatten, nach Westberlin gegangen war und Rita nicht mitkommen wollte. Der geteilte Himmel, entstanden nur wenige Jahre nach dem Mauerbau, ist einer der mutigsten Spielfilme, die je in der DDR gedreht wurden, nicht nur wegen seiner ungewöhnlichen Dramaturgie, sondern weil er die Verantwortung für die Konflikte im eigenen Land und nicht beim „Klassenfeind“ sucht.
East Germany in 1961, just before the construction of the Berlin Wall. After suffering a nervous breakdown, Rita Seidel returns to her village from the city of Halle to find peace and quiet. She recalls the past years, her love for chemist Manfred Herrfurth, her work in a railway car factory and her studies to become a teacher. There were problems with political opportunists and ideological hardliners in the factory and at university. Rita’s love affair came to an end after Manfred, bitter that uncompromising supervisors had rejected his new chemical process, fled the city for West Berlin without Rita, who chose not to join him. The Divided Heaven, created just a few years after the Wall was constructed, is one of the bravest movies ever to be made in the GDR – not only because of its unusual dramaturgy, but also because it seeks responsibility for conflicts in one’s own country and not with the “class enemy”. Find out more »
Thursday, 1 December 2016 at 6:30 pm
Brooklyn Deli (199-201 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn Village)
The Goethe Society Wellington invites you to join Members and Friends of the Society to celebrate a very busy year of events and activities and to catch up in social setting over dinner (own expense). The Brooklyn Deli is fully licensed. This is a private function so the Brooklyn Deli Team have prepared a set menu and prices for our group. Some parking is available behind the Deli. Please RSVP by Monday, 28 November to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your choice of main. Find out more »
New Zealand/Germany Scientific Relationships, including Associate Professor Nancy Bertler’s work in Antarctica.
A reading from “Neuseeland – ein Länderporträt” Join us for the annual Sonnenwendefeier and listen to Ingrid Kölle read from her book “Neuseeland – ein Länderporträt” (German edition). This talk will be in both German and English, and there will be time for questions. Copies of her book (in German) will be available for purchase on the evening ($25, cash only)… Find out more »
A FILM EVENING
Kaddisch für einen Freund (2010/11)
Directed by Leo Khasin with a running time of 94 minutes