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Thursday, February 21, 2019
jazz fest
Vienna’s annual jazz summer presents international stars and local talent. As orchestras go on tour and Vienna’s major concert halls take a well-deserved Sommerpause (summer break), the smooth tones of the Jazz Fest Wien move in to fill the silence. The international jazz festival has become a household name in Vienna’s cultural landscape: attracting roughly 60,000 visitors each year, its...
Schönberg
Twenty years of the Arnold Schönberg Center and an exhibit on Jung-Wien, Vienna’s fin-de-siècle creative wave “New music is never beautiful on first acquaintance.” For many, this remark by Arnold Schoenberg, made in a radio interview in 1931, might seem the understatement of the century. Especially if they have made any acquaintance with the music of Schoenberg himself, the “inventor”...
arcade fire
The Canadian art rock band returns with its most upbeat album yet. Ever since their critically acclaimed debut album Funeral back in 2004, Montreal’s most recognizable musicians have become one of the most important voices of indie rock, winning a Grammy for their album The Suburbs in 2011 and even an Oscar nomination after scoring Spike Jonze’s sci-fi-drama Her two years later. Arcade...
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, improbable characters and a good measure of melodrama. That’s the life and legacy of Ignaz Pleyel, the Austrian village schoolmaster’s son who was celebrated during his lifetime as one of Europe’s most popular composers. But...
The introspective musician creates dreamy beats for a changing world. With an eclectic style that draws from jazz and world music, English electronic artist Simon Green, better known by his stage name Bonobo, is currently on tour to promote his 2017 album Migration, dead set on hypnotizing his many fans with his most emotional work to date. Debuting in 2000 with...
The campy continent-wide tournament of patriotic pop hysterics returns. Every year in May, Europeans fall under the peculiar spell of an unusual event that combines patriotism with disposable bubblegum pop: In the 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest, no fewer than 43 countries will compete against each other under the fitting motto “All Aboard!” Performing dramatic, over-the-top songs in hopes of...
Benjamin Britten’s take on Shakespeare’s seminal comedy comes to life in a brand new production. English may not be nearly as popular as Italian, German or French in the world of opera, but there are more productions than most assume. Fortunately, the Theater an der Wien has sought to emphasize that, offering a brand new production of Benjamin Britten’s A...
The legend and Nobel laureate continues his never ending tour with his first triple album. One of the most important and influential performers of the 20th century, Bob Dylan emerged from the 1960s American counterculture as one of its most dominant voices. His influence over the modern music scene and pop culture has been immense, leaving an indelible mark on...
Thoughts about music in a raucous world and International Noise Awareness Day. The concert halls in Vienna are phenomenal spaces. You might think I’m talking about the music. But what flabbergasts me is how quiet they are. There is no air-conditioning rumble, no sudden siren from the street. I love listening to their silence, to the wondrous moment of noiseless...
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