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Monday, April 23, 2018
Austrian band contests and the next generation in pursuit of the big stageby Benjamin Kubaczek & Cynthia Peck “Competitions are for horses, not artists,” quipped Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. Perhaps. But the world thinks otherwise, and competitions are flourishing – not only in classical music.Band contests have seen an upsurge in recent years. There are 50 in Austria alone, according...
Vienna film commision
No Mission is ImpossibleA damsel in yellow silk pressed tightly against his body, special agent Ethan Hunt (alias Tom Cruise) is roping down from the roof of the Vienna Staatsoper. It’s a spectacular scene crowning the 2015 blockbuster Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, made possible by the behind-the-scenes efforts of the Vienna Film Commission. Celebrating 8 years of supporting filmmakers...
Harri Stojka
Viennese music legend Harri Stojka looks ahead at 60There’s very little certainty in the life and career of an artist. Musical trends and creative triumphs come and go, and so do most musicians’ fortunes. In a career spanning more than four decades, Viennese guitar virtuoso Harri Stojka has found a way to stay relevant even as others around him...
Jodie Foster directs this fairy tale for the Great RecessionUnfolding in real time, Money Monster features George Clooney as Lee Gates, a smug, arrogant TV host of a financial advice show, taken hostage on air by an irate small-time investor wiped out by a bad tip of his. Demanding justice or at least answers from the faceless financiers that...
Wien Modern, the festival for new music, in its 28th yearApparently Wien Modern wants to change its image. This year the nearly month-long festival of “masterpieces of new music” is embracing pop music. With the motto “Pop.Song.Voice.” it seems as though the festival would like to span the gap between the “normal” classical music listener and the fans of Vienna’s...
Anoka Faruqee
Faruqee’s pulsating compositions make their solo debut in EuropeMost revolutions turn stuffy with time. But the Secession certainly tries to cultivate its reputation for unconventional contemporary art it has enjoyed since its foundation in 1897, even installing a temporary swinger club in its basement (next to Klimt’s Beethovenfries) for Swiss artist Christoph Büchel’s exhibit in 2010.Yet sometimes, understatement is...
Maggie Smith brings Alan Bennett’s touching memoir to lifeDescribing itself as a “mostly true” story (more on that later), The Lady in the Van dramatizes the unlikely relationship between celebrated playwright/screenwriter Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys), played by Alex Jennings, and eccentric bag lady Ms. Sheperd (played by Maggie Smith, reprising her stage role),...
Ennio Morricone
The legendary soundtrack composer goes on tour, celebrating 60 years of musicIconic, influential and prolific with over 500 film and TV scores and over 100 classical works, Ennio Morricone is easily the most recognizable film composer of all time. Rising to fame for his genre-defining (and often parodied) “spaghetti” western soundtracks for Sergio Leone, his works include A Fistful...
light oceans
The moral dilemmas of M.L. Stedman's best-selling novel brought vividly on screenDirector Derek Cianfrance’s (The Place Beyond the Pines) exquisite adaptation of M.L Stedman’s literary sensation is permeated with intense emotional paradoxes, with turbulent elation and grief, with denial and conscience, separation and reconciliation. Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a veteran of The Great War, seeks to insulate himself from...
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