Dracula: How Transylvania History Influenced Bram Stoker’s Novel

Bran Castle in Bran, Romania: Photo credit: Bran Castle

It has been more than 100 years since the publication of the novel, Dracula, by Irish author Bram Stoker, yet the story continues to intrigue readers. Written in 1897, it is set in a castle in Transylvania high in the Carpathian Mountains. Continue reading

Jewish Museum of Hohenems, Austria Honors Centuries of Urban Jewish Life

Jewish Museum of Hohenems, Austria. Photo credit: Böhringer Friedrich

The museums in Hohenems, Austria, focus on subjects that relate to the community. Most of those museums deal with classical music, ranging from the composer, Franz Schubert, for whom the annual Schubertiade Festival is named, to various opera singers. Others are about various professions such as shoemaking that were fixtures of everyday life. There is one museum, the Jewish Museum of Hohenems, that provides visitors with an in-depth look at local Jewish life over a period of hundreds of years. Continue reading

Schubertiade and the Shoemaker’s Workshop: Schuhmacher Museum

Schuhmacher Museum, Hohenems, Austria. Photo credit: Schubertiade

The Schubertiade is back in Hohenems, Austria during mid-July, offering an array of selections by prominent European composers, many of whom were contemporaries of Schubert. Within the Schubertiade Quarter of the small city are several museums. Some highlight the area’s music history and others focus on the local history Continue reading

Schubertiade Festival Continues in Austrian Village of Schwarzenberg

Schubertiade at Schwarzenberg, Austria. Photo credit: Schubertiade

Schwarzenberg, a village in western Austria near Hohenems, is one of the performance locations for the annual music festival, the Schubertiade. It became part of the festival in the 1990s when outings to neighboring locations were arranged, inspired by the travels of Franz Schubert. The village permanently became part of the Schubertiade Continue reading

The Manuscript Discovery in Hohenems, Austria and its Influence on Composer Richard Wagner

Hohenems Palace. Photo credit: Böhringer Friedrich

The small city of Hohenems, in western Austria, is the home of the annual music festival called the Schubertiade, so named because it focuses on the compositions of Franz Schubert. In addition to the music and scenery, there are museums and other historic sites which relate in some way to music history though are not necessarily to Schubert. One such place is the Hohenems Palace, Continue reading

Schubertiade: History of Austria’s Music Festival Honoring Franz Schubert

Hohenems, Vorarlberg, Austria. Photo credit: Schubertiade

The city of Hohenems, in Austria, kicks off its annual music festival, known as the Schubertiade, for 2017 on May 4. This event began more than 40 years ago to honor the music of composer Franz Schubert. Set in the beautiful Rhine valley in Austria’s westernmost state of Vorarlberg, the combination of Alpine scenery and commitment to music Continue reading

South Street Seaport Museum Celebrates Its First 50 Years

Schermerhorn Row, South Street Seaport Museum. Photo credit: South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum, near the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan, will be celebrating its first 50 years on Saturday, April 29, 2017, as New York City’s iconic maritime museum of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the ringing of the 1907 lightship Ambrose bell at 1 p.m. Continue reading