Music

Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven!

This year we celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. This brand-new video series takes you on a musical pilgrimage through Beethoven’s Vienna.

Saving the Salzburg Festival

A musicians' initiative to do aerosol studies made the Festival's 100th anniversary possible after all. From here, the studies will help the Vienna Philharmonic and others stay safe from COVID-19.

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.

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 chaos Following 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...

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...

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 ...

DJ Shadow is Spinning at the WUK This September

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

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...

Accordion Festival

On its 18th birthday, this world music festival explores Spain Still 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 audiences The remarkable thing about the string quartet is how it endure...

Ennio Morricone

The legendary soundtrack composer goes on tour, celebrating 60 years of music Iconic, 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...

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 Vienna Raucous 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 year A 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 stage Giving 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 album A huge influence on the grunge movement and bands like Nirvana, Blur or Radiohead,...

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 tickets The concert season has finally reopened. From...

Ben Harper

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

Waves Vienna

The club culture festival presents emerging international artists Now 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 strong Known for his characteristic, warm voice, a complex, ever-changing st...

On Music: Donauinselfest

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

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 stage by Benjamin Kubaczek & Cynthia Peck   “Competitions are...

On Music: Eurovision 2016

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

On Music: Cool Britannia

The Radiokulturhaus introduces Britain’s post-jazz scene Attracting 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 culture As 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 meetup On a Monday evening, in t...
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