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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Art and music collide at this two-day electronic music festivalKicking off the warm season at MusemsQuartier, Electric Spring both showcases and celebrates the Austrian electronic music scene, with most of the culture center’s venues participating in this free festival. Sponsored by the city (with special participation from the Kunsthalle, whose current exhibition The Promise of Total Automation goes well...
The Strauss Family
The Strauss Family: Kings of the Blue DanubeMusic megastars are the kings: the king of pop, the king of rock, the king of the guitar. Vienna’s were the waltz kings: Johann Strauss I and his three sons, Johann II, Josef and Eduard, whose dance music dominated the entire 19th century. Even today, a silhouette of Johann II (1825-1899) –...
saul williams
Saul Williams incites the braying masses to revolt, a frustrated prophet for the digital age.In modern times, hacking is associated with the act of  “gaining unauthorized access to data in a system or computer.” This is precisely what slam poet/artist/rapper Saul Williams wants all of us to do – except, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a computer we...
Pierre Boulez
Composer, interpreter and conductor Pierre Boulez is unquestionably the most important “serious” musical figure of the last seven decadesNo one ever accused Pierre Boulez of being easy listenin’. Despite that, the French composer, interpreter and conductor remains arguably the most influential figure in modern classical music of the entire post-war period. His significance continues still today, deep into the 21st...
Pink Martini Jazz Fest Wien
An impressive line-up of big names in venerable venues awaitGoing strong since 1991, this major date on the summer festival circuit starts right as most classical venues close for the summer,  ­drawing world-class talent by  the prospect of ­playing in locations like the Staatsoper, ­Musikverein or the Rathaus itself. As with other famed Jazz festivals such as Montreaux, the...
pallas athene
Ernst Krenek’s opera Pallas Athene weint: A musical megaphone for our political timesDoes music amplify the uproar of the world around us, or does it soothe it? Is opera a pacifying opiate, or can it be a medium of provocation or insight? Pallas Athene weint by Ernst Krenek – with four performances this month by the Neue Oper Wien...
The city’s monster festival offers a little something for everyoneDrawing a staggering 3.3 million over three days last year, Donauinselfest, the largest free festival in Europe has come a long way from its origins as an  unexpectedly successful "cultural spring festival" thrown by a SPÖ (Social Democratic Party of Austria) district branch on the nearly-completed island in 1983.Still organized...
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 Bird Festival beckons with an eclectic line-up of rock, folk, blues, electric and country, showcasing the versatility of contemporary folk and singer/songwriting.Organized by the not-for-profit Vienna Songwriting Association, the three-day festival is now in its 12th edition,...
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 across the street from the College for Veterinary Studies, a beautiful early 19th-century complex in the 3rd district just behind the Stadtpark. There, nearly in the center of town, on warm evenings with the windows open, you...
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