Snapshot: Austrian Society Heuriger Showcases Music from Student, Faculty Harpists

| September 30, 2014
Department of Music faculty member Sue Taylor and student Liz Mahood perform harp duets of Austrian folk music outside the Priest House for the Austrian Society of St. Louis' Heuriger on Sept. 28.

Department of Music faculty member Sue Taylor and student Liz Mahood perform harp duets of Austrian folk music outside Webster University’s H. Sam Priest House for the Austrian Society of St. Louis’ annual Heuriger on Sept. 28.

The Austrian Society of St. Louis held its annual Heuriger event on Sunday, Sept. 28 at the H. Sam Priest House on the Webster Groves campus.

For the last few years, Webster University has been hosting the annual event that showcases Austrian culture, wine and food, customs, and this year its folk music. A heuriger is a wine tavern popular in Vienna in which wine-growers serve the most recent year’s wines, and comes from heurig, which means “this year’s.”

Members of the society enjoyed Austrian wine and homemade foods prepared by society members. In addition, they were presented with a musical treat: Austrian folk music performed as a harp duet from faculty member Sue Taylor and Webster student Elizabeth (Liz) Mahood.

Taylor teaches harp in the Department of Music and is also a member of the Austrian Society. Mahood studied abroad in Vienna during summer 2014 and is majoring in Biology and Jazz Studies. She was a soloist with the Webster Symphony Orchestra last year in a major work for harp. In addition to the harp, she also plays jazz guitar.

“Liz certainly came away from Austria with enhanced curiosity about the culture and the country, and that is the added benefit we wish students to have, of course. We also want them to have never-ending concern for that country and its people,” said Taylor.

During the formal part of the event, Dennis Joerger, president of the Austrian Society, thanked the University for its hospitality. Event host Guillo Rodríguez, representing Webster’s International Programs and the Office of Study Abroad, highlighted the University’s Vienna campus and its recent move to Palais Wenkheim in Vienna’s 2nd district.

About the Austrian Society

The Austrian Society in St. Louis has about 80 active members. Its objectives include encouraging and supporting friendship between St. Louis and Austria, promoting understanding of Austrian culture, and assisting in bringing educational programs about Austrian arts, science, and business to the St. Louis region. It is estimated that the St. Louis region has 200,000 to 250,000 people that can claim some Austrian heritage, usually in association with German ancestry.

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