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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cynthia Peck

Cynthia Peck is originally from Southern California, but she does not miss the sun. She lived in Tokyo for a decade, and she does miss the food. Now the Konzerthaus and Musikverein are her main living rooms, as are a few select restaurants around town. Trained in Vienna as a professional cellist, she also works at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, translates and edits lots of books about Buddhist epistemology and Austrian history, and is thinking about apprenticing as a chef. What she enjoys most is writing about music.
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 decadesNo 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 DanubeMusic 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 eventsFriends of mine used to live across the street from the College for Veterinary Studies, a beautiful early...
String Quartet

The Power of Four

The enduring fascination of string quartets for musicians, composers and audiencesThe remarkable thing about the string quartet is how it endures. There are plenty of combinations of instruments, even matching instruments: say, trumpets, trombones...
Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

Sounding Treasures

What do old musical instruments displayed in glass cases have to do with music? The world-renowned Collection of Historic Musical Instruments has the answerMusic should be heard, not locked away in glass display cases,...
Vienna Philharmonic

The Toughest Ticket in Town

A closer look at the Vienna Philharmonic and the New Year’s Concert, its most important event of the yearA curious thing, tradition. On the first day of the year in Vienna – provided you don’t...
Wien Modern festival

Bernhard Günther of the Wien Modern Festival Answers Unanswered Questions

Bernhard Günther, the new artistic director of the Wien Modern festival, sets his courseWhere do we come from? Where are we going? And where the hell are we? These are the three “ultimate” questions of...
pallas athene

Elysium and the Death of Socrates

Ernst Krenek’s opera Pallas Athene weint: A musical megaphone for our political timesDoes music amplify the uproar of the world around us, or does it soothe it? Is opera a pacifying opiate, or can...

Tonight’s the Night

An intro to subscriptions for the upcoming music season, or how to remember where you put the ticketsThe concert season has finally reopened. From now until the last day of June, Vienna’s concert halls offer...