Music

Froth and Finesse

The longest-running piece of musical theater of all time, Die Fledermaus captures an era, and (perhaps) the way Austrians like to see themselves.
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Music is Trump

The Resonanzen Festival, nine intensive days of early music in January, confirms that music still holds all the cards.It’s not f...

The Past as Future for Music in Vienna

In Japan, Vienna is the Ongaku no Miyako, “the capital of music,” and that’s where Mayu Kotari wanted to be. A pianist from Tokyo, Kotari has been liv...

Culture Music | November

Mesmeric Metamusic Composer Olga Neuwirth creates magnificent soundscapes from apparent chaosFollowing one modernist paradigm in the fine arts ...

Expat’s Voice | The (Other) Sound of Music

Austrians like to show off their serious appreciation of classical music. But if you want them to erupt into joyful singing, you’ve got to play them s...

ELO and Waves Vienna

The 1970s pop icons are reunited and on tour at Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, and up-and-coming tour Vienna’s most storied venues at the Wave...

New Kids in Town

The Junges Ensemble at the Theater an der Wien: boot camp for six newly minted opera singers.The opera world can be “a crazy and dangerous place...

Californian Alt Rockers Incubus Are Finally Back in Vienna

After a six-year hiatus, the Californian alt rockers are finally back on tourOnce labeled as “a nu-metal band for people who don’t like nu-metal...

Our Top 5 Music Festivals This Summer

From chill lake-side vibes to eclectic performances in old Italian towns, the European festival circuit has it all. Here are our 5 favorite open air f...

Fame and Fable | Composer Ignaz Pleyel’s Forgotten Legacy

On composer Ignaz Pleyel and a tiny museum less than an hour from Vienna.It’s a story that sounds like sardoodledom – a contrived plot, improbab...

Fu Manchu Is Coming to the Arena on March 15th

Fu Manchu, the masters of stoner rock, return with a fuzzy new album.One of stoner rock’s most celebrated names, Fu Manchu and their distortio...

The Grandmaster is in

The music legend throws an audio-visual block party for the history of Hip Hop.With Hip Hop entering something resemblin...

Is Music Composed Before 1961 old?

The Klangforum’s Festliche Tage Alter Musik – with works composed between 1908 and 1961 – show us how old (and beautiful) modern music really ...

The Blue Bird Festival is Coming to Vienna!

Twelve singer-songwriters take the stage for Vienna’s best-known festival of its kindIntimate, emotional and atmospheric, singer-songwrite...

Get Your Meshugge on at the KlezMore Festival

Two weeks of Yiddish celebration from around the world show the versatility of a classic folk traditionExpressive melodies that draw from Yiddis...

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

Enchanting and confusing, Die Zauberflöte returns to the house it helped buildHowever you look at it, the story is confusing. Somehow, Mozart’s ...

Overdose on Indie Rock, Hip Hop and EDM at Waves Festival

The international showcase festival and conference presents indie rock and club culture in all its gloryPresenting the city’s clubscape alongsid...

DJ Shadow is Spinning at the WUK This September

The alternative hip-hop legend returns with a new album in towA seminal figure among turntablists, DJ Shadow (Josh Davis) greatly contributed to...

Summer at Schloss Grafenegg, Where Classical Music Meets the Outdoors

Outdoor concerts at SchloĂź Grafenegg are the perfect setting for an ambrosial sound experienceMy first summer job as a teenager was ushering at ...

What to Expect at Donauinselfest 2017

Notable tributes and newcomers make this year a salute to musical innovators then and now.June in Vienna just wouldn’t feel the same without tho...

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...

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 ...

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 a...

Accordion Festival

On its 18th birthday, this world music festival explores SpainStill going strong after 18 years, the city's own International Accordion Festival...

The Power of Four

The enduring fascination of string quartets for musicians, composers and audiencesThe remarkable thing about the string quartet is how it endure...

Ennio Morricone

The legendary soundtrack composer goes on tour, celebrating 60 years of musicIconic, influential and prolific with over 500 film and TV scores a...

This Year, Take Vienna by the Balls

The dust has settled from the New Year's fireworks. Now Vienna looks forward to its famous ball season. Whether you're a seasoned ball-goer or haven't...

Tension and Tragedy – West Side Story 

The deadly rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets ignites once again, as an international cast takes the stage celebrating Jerome Robbins’ legacy Th...

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 ...

Dropkick Murphys in Vienna

The Irish-American punk rockers kick off their European tour in ViennaRaucous and bursting with Celtic pride, The Dropkick Murphys have been mixin...

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 firs...

On Music: The Mess Age

Saul Williams incites the braying masses to revolt, a frustrated prophet for the digital age.In modern times, hacking is associated with the act...

Blue Bird Festival

The Vienna Songwriting Association puts indie music on center stageGiving artists the chance to wow an audience hungry for newcomers, the Blue B...

The Pixies are in Town!

The alternative rock icons come to town with a brand new albumA huge influence on the grunge movement and bands like Nirvana, Blur or Radiohead,...

Bernhard GĂĽnther 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...

A Bard’s Reign’s a-Gonna Gall

No, I’m not talking about the Republican Party’s candidate for President and his "bragadocious" misogyny.Rather, it was the news that The Swedi...

Slam Poet Saul Williams

The New York slam poet breaks back into the hip-hop scene.An alternative hip-hop icon since acquiring the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand ...

Elysium and the Death of Socrates

Ernst Krenek’s opera Pallas Athene weint: A musical megaphone for our political times.Does music amplify the uproar of the world around us, or d...

Vienna’s Classical Music | 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...

Ben Harper

The eclectic musician reunites with his backing band The Innocent Criminals for a new albumA darling of the alternative crowd, socially conscious ...

Waves Vienna

The club culture festival presents emerging international artistsNow going into its sixth iteration, the Waves Vienna Music Festival and Conferenc...

On Music: Rufus Wainwright

After 18 years, the Canadian-American singer-songwriter is still going strongKnown for his characteristic, warm voice, a complex, ever-changing st...

On Music: World Peace Choral Festival

Youth choirs from around the world sing for a better tomorrowHosted by Vienna’s classical music posterboys the Wiener Sängerknaben, the World Pe...

On Music: Donauinselfest

The city’s monster festival offers a little something for everyoneDrawing a staggering 3.3 million over three days last year, Donauinselfest, th...

On Music: Profound Lightness

Pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja celebrates her 70th birthday performing Franz SchubertPianist Elisabeth Leonskaja doesn’t take time for pleasantries...

Wiener Festwochen: Music Highlights

Throughout its 65 year history, this festival has consistently presented the year’s most innovative offering of music, drama, performance, and dialogu...

On Music: Winner Takes All

Austrian band contests and the next generation in pursuit of the big stageby Benjamin Kubaczek & Cynthia Peck â€śCompetitions are...

On Music: Eurovision 2016

This year’s Europop fiesta has the The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre… and The AustraliansBest known as the launch pad of ABBA, the European Broadca...

On Music: Cool Britannia

The Radiokulturhaus introduces Britain’s post-jazz sceneAttracting a plethora of talent, London has long boasted a lively jazz scene, with many ...

Halls of Records | Vinyl in Vienna

With the resurgence of vinyl going global, the City of Music finds itself punching far above its weight with a thriving record store cultureAs t...

Yes, Uke Can! Ukulele Meetup in Vienna

The Wiener Ukulele Stammtisch brings amateur ukulele players together every month for an informal strum-and-sing meetupOn a Monday evening, in t...

On Tonight: The Vienna Underground – Tunnel

Tunnel: the popular student hangout and live jazz club gets a “reboot”, refusing to fix what’s not brokenReinventing a classic is fraught with p...