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Sunday, September 23, 2018
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...
Fu Manchu
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 distortion-heavy, driven sound and carefree lyrics about muscle cars, skateboarding science fiction and women have made them heroes among fans of the genre. Formed in 1985 as a hardcore band in Southern California, the quartet has...
hilary hahn
The Texan orchestra makes its Vienna debut alongside a star soloist. Fresh off winning a Grammy this year for their rendition of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, the Houston Symphony orchestra is making its first appearance in Vienna as part of a European Tour. To celebrate the Leonard Bernstein centennial, the ensemble of 88 will perform pieces from Bernstein’s musical On The...
slick rick
One of hip-hop’s founding fathers, Slick Rick weaves stories out of street life. A legend in his own time, Slick Rick is a name revered among the old-school hip-hop crowd, hailed as an inspiration for the likes of OutKast, Snoop Dogg, Nas and Eminem. Yet to a wider audience, the self-proclaimed “Ruler” Slick Rick may be the greatest artist they’ve...
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