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This year, the Imago 2014 Exhibition was held in the hometown of Vienna, Austria, which is a gorgeous European city with much to offer artists in the way of inspiration, especially the "Old Town" quarter.
This was my first time participating in an International program which was mostly in the Austrian-German language. I traveled with my husband, David, and son, Paul, who displayed artwork at the event as well.
The opening night featured a program of music and poetry with visual art on display.It took place in the lower level “crypt” of St Peter’s Church which is renowned for its Baroque architecture and artwork.
The crypt is a large, multi-room facility with vaulted ceilings and it was more like being in someone’s cozy family room than a formal auditorium.
What a pleasure to watch the performances of so many accomplished musicians and writers!
Featured musical performers included the charming Peter Ritzen, soloist with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, conductor and composer, Werner Pelinka who is an all-around accomplished Viennese pianist and composer (also charming), Barbara Pavelka, a very talented young Viennese soprano and more. In between musical acts, artist extraordinaire, Michael Fuchs and writer Ilse Pauls offered poetry readings as did others.
To finish the evening, vocalists gathered once more to salute the new St Pope John Paul II with a short “Marienchoral” composed by Werner Pelinka entitled “Totus Tuus”.
Below is a selection by Ritzen and Pelinka from 2013.
Play this music while perusing through more photos...
Gallery photos from the event- before, during and after. All photos by Jentz.
Poetry: On the Road with Jesus link
Europe by Paul Jentz link
Karlskirche, Vienna link
Austrian Composer link
Papal Portraits link
May Crowning link
Holy Family link
Imago page link
Ribbons of Confidence link
A Blue Bike link