IN PICTURES: February at the Goethe!
Oh February, how you came and passed very quickly! Where do the months disappear to? It only seems 2 minutes since we were telling you what happened in January and now we’re a week into March! Jeez! So, ready to find out what happened in February? Sit back, here goes!
Goethe Family Circle Reception
Every year on the first Wednesday of February, we invite local dignitaries, members of the consular corps, our major donors, Goethe Family Circle members and our many volunteers to the Goethe to say a great big thank you for all their support. We couldn’t do this thing we call the Goethe without them and their support, whether that’s through monetary donations, volunteer hours or support with various different projects – we cannot say thank you enough! This year, we welcomed Mr. Craig Harley to the Goethe Family Circle and received a pledge for a grant of $100,000 dollars from the German American Cultural Foundation! It was definitely a evening to be thankful!
Elysée Treaty Celebration 2017
Just a day after the Goethe Family Circle Reception we joined forces with our friends at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Atlanta, the French Consulate Atlanta and the Alliance Française d’Atlanta for our annual celebration of the signing of the Elysée Treaty. This year, we welcomed Join Maurin Picard, New York-based correspondent for Le Figaro and Dr. Dieter Dettke of Georgetown University, who will shared their unique perspectives on “Europe: What’s Next? Elections in France and Germany” which was moderated by Rickey Bevington, senior anchor/correspondent at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Some interesting and informative points were made to an audience who certainly enjoyed the subject.
A Note on Opera: “A German in Paris: Giacomo Meyerbeer and Grand Opéra.”
Next up in February was our usual ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture where students this month looked at “A German in Paris: Giacomo Meyerbeer and Grand Opéra.” Giacomo Meyerbeer, born Jakob Liebmann Beer in Berlin in 1791, was a Jewish expatriate who immigrated to France, eventually becoming the dominant musical presence in the French capital for much of the 19th-century. He developed the genre of grand opéra to its full scope, with its epic tone, sweeping historical narrative, huge casts, ballet, and special effects – including ice-skating on stage! His works have never completely gone into obscurity and are now slowly being revived. Regardless of how one finds this “Andrew Lloyd Webber” of French opera, his influence is palpable in works by later composers as diverse as Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, and Modest Mussorgsky. Students focused on Meyerbeer’s life as a Jewish composer living in early 19th-century Germany and then his later life as the “Toast of Paris,” defining exactly what is grand opéra and how it evolved by examining bits of Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots” and “Le prophète.” Meyerbeer’s influence on other opera traditions will also be illustrated. This month we’ll look at “Schiller and Italian Opera” to celebrate our new partnership with the Società Dante Alighieri – for more information and to register, click here.
AATG German Summit at Clemson University
In March we also headed to South Carolina and to the AATG German Summit at Clemson Unversity. Goethe Executive Director, Miriam Bruns, talked to students about the Goethe and what we do before moving on to asking them why they learn German and how German can help them in their future careers – especially in this part of the US! It was also a great chance for us to connect with teachers at the University.
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Interviews
As part of our Treffpunkt Goethe program, we hosted the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange interviews. CBYX for Young Professionals is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, which annually provides 75 American and German Young Professionals with the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts in a cultural immersion program.
New Partnership – Società Dante Alighieri
March also saw the start of a beautiful new friendship here at the Goethe – we partnered with the Società Dante Alighieri and began offering Italian classes! Currently, Italian classes are available at the beginner and intermediate level but watch this space as that may increase! It’s great that we now have a third cultural institution operating from our building! Welcome Dante!
As part of our educator outreach, we hosted the Georgia chapter of the AATG Sprachbad. 20 teachers from across the state met at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta for a workshop in which they exchanged ideas with one another.
In Conversation With… The Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United States, H.E. Kurt Jaeger
February ended with yet another event – In Conversation With… The Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United States, H.E. Kurt Jaeger. Ambassador Jaeger spoke to a crowd of around 80 people about the relationship of Liechtenstein with the EU as a model in a Post-Brexit World – definitely a hot topic at the moment! He raised some excellent points and a great night was had by all.
And that, ladies and gentlemen was February 2017 at the Goethe Atlanta! Did you attend any of our events? We hope to see you at the Goethe again soon!
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