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Friday, December 15, 2017

Cynthia Peck


If you Love Classical Music, Keep Your CD Player on Hand

The compact disc is still a viable archival medium, especially for classical music I just read a Japanese best-seller about cleaning. The basic premise is that if you reduce your belongings to a perfect minimum...
amateur orchestras

Wunderkind or not, Vienna’s Amateur Orchestras Give you a Stage

A plethora of orchestras for non-professionals makes Vienna a paradise for amateur music You took piano lessons and then you quit. The lessons were because of your mother, quitting was because it got boring. Such...
Magic Flute Zauberflöte Mozart

At the Theater an der Wien René Jacobs Does The Magic Flute

Enchanting and confusing, Die Zauberflöte returns to the house it helped build However you look at it, the story is confusing. Somehow, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is a fairy tale: There’s a dragon,...
morrocan food lorient

L’Orient Serves up Savory Morrocan in Leopoldstadt

The cuisine of Morocco at L’Orient combines warm spices with a carefully designed space In Arabic, khattat means calligrapher, the scribe whose perfectly formed lines transform text into art. A similar transformation is happening at...

Summer at Schloss Grafenegg, Where Classical Music Meets the Outdoors

Outdoor concerts at Schloß Grafenegg are the perfect setting for an ambrosial sound experience My first summer job as a teenager was ushering at the Hollywood Bowl. In that exuberant L.A.-style classical music party, the...
musical performances churches

Take me to Church! Vienna’s Godliest Music Venues

Your guide to the best musical performances at churches throughout Vienna. It is obvious, but must be said: A church is not a concert hall. But music has been performed in houses of worship for...
Pierre Boulez

The Konzerthaus Celebrates Pierre Boulez’s Legacy one Year After his Death

Composer, interpreter and conductor Pierre Boulez is unquestionably the most important “serious” musical figure of the last seven decades No one ever accused Pierre Boulez of being easy listenin’. Despite that, the French composer, interpreter and...
The Strauss Family

Celebrating the Strauss Dynasty and the 150th Birthday of the Viennese Waltz

The Strauss Family: Kings of the Blue Danube Music megastars are the kings: the king of pop, the king of rock, the king of the guitar. Vienna’s were the waltz kings: Johann Strauss I and...
music and performing arts

Celebrating 200 Years of Teaching Music and Performing Arts

The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) celebrates its 200th anniversary with a cascade of events Friends of mine used to live across the street from the College for Veterinary Studies, a beautiful early...