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Interview with Gloria Coates

Program Meeting - March 2019

Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30 PM

Please join us for an exciting evening of music with member and composer Gloria Coates at our March meeting! Member Valerie Errante, a professional Soprano, will interview Gloria about her life and her career, including playing clips from her symphonies.

 Gloria Coates was born in Wausau, Wisconsin and began composing at an early age, winning a national composition contest at the age of fourteen. She studied at Louisiana State University and at Columbia University in New York, earning a number of degrees, including a Master of Music in Composition with post graduate studies. While maintaining a residence in the United States, Gloria has lived in Europe since 1969, devoting her time primarily to composition. She organized the German-American Music Series in Munich from 1971-1984 , presented the results of her experiments with multiphonic vocal technique at the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music in 1972, and founded the music program for the University of Wisconsin's Semester Abroad in 1975. She has lectured on American music, written musicological articles, and wrote and broadcast radio programs on American music for the German radio. Her breakthrough as a composer came with the premier of "Music on Open Strings" (1973) at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 1978. This same work was performed in the Musica Viva Series of the Bavarian Radio in Munich in 1980 (the first orchestral composition by a woman to be performed in the 35 years of the series), and was one of the 10 finalists for the International Koussevitzsky Award in 1986. She was invited to the First Festival for New Music- Moscow in 1981, and lectured on her music at Harvard in 1984. Gloria has composed works for orchestra (including 14 symphonies), vocal music with piano and orchestral accompaniment, numerous chamber music works for two to nine instruments (including 8 string quartets), solo instrumental pieces, choral works, electronic, and music for the theatre.

LValerie Errante is Associate Professor Emerita of Voice at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she taught from 1997-2015, serving as the chair of the voice area from 2000-2015, teaching studio voice, lyric diction, vocal pedagogy, and directing the UWM Opera Theater. Dr. Errante holds a D.M.A. from The Eastman School of Music and served as Associate in Voice in the Community Education Division of that school. She has also taught at the University of Iowa (1996-97), the Folkwang Hochschule für Musik in Essen, Germany (1991-92), and at Northern Michigan University (1979-81). She began her European career in the Opern Studio of the Bayerisches Staatsoper, followed by several seasons as leading Coloratura soprano at the opera house in the city of Kiel, where she sang over 30 operatic roles. She has been a guest in opera and concert works throughout Germany, in Italy, Israel, and Estonia, as well as her home-town of Rochester, New York, in Detroit, Dayton, Iowa City, and Washington, DC. She has sung with the Rochester Oratorio Society, the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded under the direction of Giuseppe Patané on Ariola/Eurodisc. A solo CD of both the Art Songs and the popular songs of fellow Rochesterian, the late Alec Wilder, which was issued on Albany Records in October 2000 to spendid reviews. A CD of American song, Songs of Love and Longing, recorded together with Jeffry Peterson was released in July 2008, also on Albany Records. As an author, she is represented by two articles and an edition of Selected Songs of the Munich School: 1870-1920, published by A-R Editions in 2010. Since her retirement in August 2015, she has lived in München where she is care-giver for her mentor and close friend, Rita Loving. She is a member of Hands Gallery, a cooperative for hand-made artistic goods. Her label Pudel Design features hand knitted and sewn articles (for people) but she will happily take on commissions for animals as well!

For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, check out How to Join or contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Webinar series for Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad

Washington, DC

February 28, 2019

American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation (ACAGF) begins series of Webcasts for The Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act (H.R. 7358).

Beginning March 13, ACAGF will host a series of Webcasts for the recently introduced legislation, The Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act (H.R.7358)(TFAA).

American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation(ACAGF) is the section 501(c)(3) sister organization of American Citizens Abroad (ACA). ACAGF’s mission is to support education and research on issues affecting Americans living and working abroad.

TFAA was introduced in December of 2018 by Representative George Holding (R-NC). The bill changes existing citizenship-based taxation rules (CBT), in US tax law, to residency-based taxation (RBT). RBT is sometimes referred to as territoriality for individuals. The approach has attracted bipartisan support and is widely supported by the community of US citizens living and working overseas.

The ACAGF Webcasts will serve to provide more information on the bill to the community and other interested parties.  In attendance will be Matt Stross, Tax Counsel for Representative Holding.  Mr. Stross will talk about the provisions of TFAA, where it stands currently, and next steps.   ACA management along with other presenters will also discuss how this potential change in US law will affect individual filing requirements and investment strategies.

“ACAGF and ACA, along with the community of Americans overseas, are excited about TFAA and our organizations want to do all they can to support efforts and see that the legislation is enacted,” said Jonathan Lachowitz, ACA Chairman. “Introduction of TFAA in the last Congress is a big first step in getting residency-based legislation enacted.  There is still lots to be worked out with the legislation and these Webcasts will help with that process,” added Charles Bruce, ACAGF Chairman and ACA Legal Counsel.

The first Webcasts, with both on-site and dial-in attendance options, will be held on March 13thin Geneva, Switzerland and March 14thin Zurich– 5:30–7:00 CET. Other Webcasts will be added in cities in Canada, Mexico, the Far East, South America, and the Middle East, in the coming weeks.

For downloadable version of PR: https://www.americansabroad.org/media/files/files/98927a89/pr-for-webcasts-tfaa-190228.pdf

For more information:  Marylouise Serrato, infor@americansabroad.org, +1 202 322 8441


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Happy 8th Birthday

Hands Gallery Celebrates

Dear AAUPW Members,
How  time  flies!  Come  celebrate with me 8 years of Hands Gallery on Thursday,  March 14.  Meet in the Pariser Str. 21 between 7 and 8 p.m.
for drinks and snacks and for a chance to win some handmade prizes. At 8 p.m. simply go next door to enjoy Kurdish food at Dilo's for a casual GNO.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Claudia Ziersch
Hands Gallery - Kooperative für textiles Kunsthandwerk
Pariser Str. 21 - 81667 München / Haidhausen
089 67 97 1964
Buy Unique Handmade Gifts at Hands Gallery!
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Did you know?

“Did you know?"

“Did you know? “ is a new feature of our newsletter. A sort of catch-all for items of interest...contributions welcome. D.P.

. . .. That St.Patrick’s day will be celebrated in a big way on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17..A parade, bands, music, and food trucks will liven up the area from Munchner Freiheit to Odeonsplatz..The fun starts Saturday at noon and Sunday with a parade from Munchner Freiheit to Odeonsplatz. at 1300. More information at https://www.stpatricksday.de/

Attention book lovers! Amerika Haus is once more offering its Book Swap on Sunday, March 24, from 10 am to 4 pm. Books in good condition are ‘swapped’ for coupons valid for purchase of donated books.  Children’s books welcomed. Check the Amerika Haus website for more details.  Amerika Haus is located at Barerstr.19a.

And of course book lovers are also welcome to attend our monthly book club meetings.

. . . That “reading” and “travel” are the most popular “hobbies” our members list on their membership applications. Some others are “power sleeping” and “raising quail”...We are an interesting group. . .

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Afternoon with Girls from IMMA

An afternoon of Irish fun!

St. Patrick Day Parade on Sunday, March 17, 2019  @ 11:45

Come join IMMA & AAUPW and celebrate the "Luck of the Irish!"
As a change from our brunches, we will be taking our IMMA girls to the Munich's St. Paddy's Day Parade this year on Sunday, March 17  Again this is open to all members. We will meet around 11:30 am - open end. Interested in joining us?  Please contact Tara tarajap@yahoo.com.
Wear green or your thematic socks!  If you need socks, let me know.

Looking for AAUPW Member to be liasion to IMMA starting second half of 2019.  Please let me know if you are interested.

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Upcoming Events in March 2019

St. Patrick’s Day Parade -March 17th - Save the Date!

MING/IBCM/Irish Business Network Event - St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Here come the Irish! Meet in the Feilitzschstrasse (near McDonald’s) at the parade’s launch point for St. Patrick’s Day Parade (11:45-13:30) followed by festivities at the Wittelsbachplatz.  “Let’s paint the town green again” - dress in green and march with us (ca.1500 in 62 groups) to the “green fun” . For the first time, the weekend of 15-17 March will be a full weekend of fun and feature several rounds of  fun events organized by the Munich Irish Network e.V. and the Irish Business Network. s weekend in Munich. For more information see the attachment StPatricksDayMunichEvents2019

Bavarian-American Friendship Evening

MING/IBCM Event – 9th Annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening

Sunday, 28th April (1700-2300) - Frühlingsfest, Hippodrom Tent.  Seating begins at 17:00 and will be cut off at 18:00. Our MING co-founder Linda Jo Rizzo will again "Rock Us to the Rafters!" The event is organized by MING Co-founder Dave Dowdy of TripleD Events. Let’s go bayrisch!  For details please see attachment: BavAmFriendshipEvening2019

A Defense of Freedom: On the Rise of Authoritarianism Today – Lecture by Timothy Snyder

Thursday, February 28, 2019 (18:30-21:00) Amerika Haus Event

Yale’s Levin Professor of History and author Timothy Snyder will explain how anti-democratic forces have become a threat to democracy. Prof. Snyder will discuss his latest book, The Road to Unfreedom, Russia-Europe-America, a stunning chronicle on the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America and a forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history. Registration is necessary: https://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/a-defense-of-freedom-on-the-rise-of-authoritarianism-today-democracy-in-danger/ or https://en.xing-events.com/TimothySnyder.html

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Next Book Club Meeting

Book Club - March 2019

Dear Book Club - our next meeting is Tuesday, March 12th at 7pm to read The Last Palace ,  by Norman Eisen. Location and contact details to follow per email.  All are welcome!

For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact Pat at ppbfrei@aol.com or carolyn.berger@web.de

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Models sought for Body Image Movement project

A Photoshoot with You!

Susanne Heiker is the Munich photographer who recently held an exhibit at the Hands Gallery store and is known by many having taken pictures at the Women's March in 2018. She is embarking on an exciting new art project and is looking for women models willing to bare all! Inspiration for her new project came from the founder of the Body Image Movement Taryn Brumfit and Nora Tschirmer. They made a wonderful documentary film called Embrace, which encourages women to embrace the diversity of their bodies. Susanne wishes to photograph as many women as possible for her upcoming art project without clothing. If you are interested to find out more, use the link to visit Susanne's website, where you will find an English version of the text near the bottom of the page.  https://susanneheiker.de/embrace-your-body/
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Member Bulletin Board – March 2019

Bulletin Board

GNO!!! -If anyone wants to organize an event that Lynda will send out the Evite and Wendy will get it on the Blog!
It is March and there has not been one GNO! Come on Ladies let’s get going!
4TH of July Party!!! We are still hoping that someone will step up and offer their garden and home for our 4th of July party!
If you think you could be a Hostess please let Lynda Sagrastano or Jane Scheiring know ASAP! Thanks so much!


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Equal Rights Amendment

Help Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Thank you to all that wrote postcards and participated in the Women’s March.   Here’s another request.

There are now bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House to remove the deadline in the ERA preamble.  Note that although the ERA deadline does not appear to be constitutional, it could save time in court if Congress were to remove the deadline.  Please contact your 2 Senators and your Representative to support these bills. Here are links to look up your Congress members and what you can write in a simple email -  Senators and U.S. Representative. This will take less than 10 minutes and can help women have equal rights in the U.S. Constitution (like 85% of all countries).

Also, if you are from one of the 13 unratified states (AL,AR,AZ,FL,GA,LA,MS,MO,NC,OK,SC,UT,VA) please contact your state Senate and House representatives to support ERA.

There’s lots of information on www.democratsabroad.org/era.  This is really a women’s issue, not a partisan issue – and supported by our “parent” organization AAUW.  Feel free to contact Shari at ( era@democratsabroad.org ) with any questions and offers to help.

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performs Gloria Coates

Concert featuring works of member Gloria Coates

Women Composer Gloria Coates (who also happens to be a fellow AAUPW member) was recently featured in a concert in Scotland which aired on the BBC Radio Saturday, January 12th . The program called "Hear and Now," featured three symphonies written and composed by Gloria and performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Ilan Volkov.  It is rare to have the entire concert devoted to one person, especially rare is a woman composer, because of this, it was a very big honor for Gloria. Gloria will be our speaker (interviewed by Valerie Errante).at our March meeting,

Do not miss your chance to hear her! The concert featuring three of her symphonies will be airing for one more week on the internet...Go to: BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now!


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Cyberbullying at Schools – Particularities & Explanation Patterns

Program Meeting - February 2019

Wednesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM

Our speaker this month will be Ruth Festl from the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, the German Research Center for Environmental Health. She will elucidate on the particularities of Cyberbullying, making this phenomenon one of the major concerns of adolescents growing up in the digitized world today. She will present selected findings of her longitudinal research project, "Cyberbulling at Schools," focusing on the ambivalent role of adolescents who are often perpetrators and victims at the same time.

Since January 2018. Ruth Festl is working as a postdoctoral researcher in Social Media  Her research activities focus on the positive and negative aspects of the use and effects of social media and online communication especially in regard to children and adolescents. She studied education at LMU Munich and received her doctorate in 2014, from Univ. of Münster, with a dissertation on  Cyberbullying perpetration. For the last eight years she has worked on various projects for European Research Council, DFG or German Research foundation and German Youth Institute focusing on children, adolescents, families and media.

For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, check out How to Join or contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Upcoming Events in February 2019

US Expat Tax Survey - Submissions until Sunday, February 3, 2019

Attention European-based American Payers of US Taxes - US Non-Resident Taxation

The overseas organizations of the major US political parties have long been concerned about the U.S. non-resident taxation policies.  Both parties are continually involved in various related initiatives. Democrats Abroad (DA) has launched its 2019 Non-Resident Taxation Research Project to generate information that they can use to advocate for reforms to relieve the burden of tax, banking, financial account reporting, securities and other laws that discriminate against Americans living abroad.  Republicans Overseas has similar efforts underway.

If U.S. non-resident taxation is applicable to you, please contribute your inputs by filling out this questionnaire.  open for submissions until midnight US EDT on Sunday February 3, 2019.

It is a lengthy questionnaire (takes about 15 minutes to complete), but you should only be presented with questions relevant to your situation, as specified in your responses.  The survey is anonymous.  All questions are optional.

Please share this email with other Americans abroad impacted by U.S. tax obligations and/or share this link on your social media channels. Thank you for your support with this important research and the efforts to persuade Congress that urgent tax relief is essential.

Ben Rhoades – In the White House – The Years with Barack Obama

Friday, February 15, 2019 Amerika Haus Event (19:00 - 21:00)

Take part in an evening with Ben Rhodes. Obama’s speechwriter and one of his closest national security advisors for eight years.  Moderated by Ingo Zamperoni, this promises to be a fabulous behind-the-scenes look at the Obama years, as well as a discussion about Washington today, as he provides insights into the inner workings of U.S. politics today. Registration is necessary, and the seating limited (Room M218 at the LMU) https://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/die-jahre-mit-barack-obama/ or or  https://en.xing-events.com/benrhodes

A Defense of Freedom: On the Rise of Authoritarianism Today – Lecture by Timothy Snyder

Thursday, February 28, 2019 (18:30-21:00) Amerika Haus Event

Yale’s Levin Professor of History and author Timothy Snyder will explain how anti-democratic forces have become a threat to democracy. Prof. Snyder will discuss his latest book, The Road to Unfreedom, Russia-Europe-America, a stunning chronicle on the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America and a forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history. Registration is necessary: https://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/a-defense-of-freedom-on-the-rise-of-authoritarianism-today-democracy-in-danger/ or https://en.xing-events.com/TimothySnyder.html