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Thursday, September 20, 2018
The Strauss Family
The Strauss Family: Kings of the Blue Danube Music 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 decades No 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...
Classical saxophone gets its due at this festival, featuring a week of international talent performing all over town Usually associated with jazz, this festival shows off the saxophone’s wide range in its original role in classical music: as an intermediate instrument between woodwinds and brass. Founded and organized by Lars Mlekusch, a prominent saxophonist and professor at the Vienna Conservatory,...
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 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 events Friends 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...
Richard Galliano and Ron Carter
Jazz greats Ron Carter & Richard Galliano team up for a rare live performance Turning 80 this year, bass man Ron Carter has few peers left standing from jazz’s mid-20th century second golden age. His staggering number of collaborations has earned him a Guinness World Record as Most Recorded Jazz Bassist, boasting over 2,200 individual credits to his name in...
Bard's Reign
Recently, an aging American celebrity with implausibly dyed hair has caused bitter discord between his avid supporters and those who are repulsed by his undecipherable utterances (and even the sound of his voice). No, I’m not talking about the Republican Party’s candidate for President and his "bragadocious" misogyny. Rather, it was the news that The Swedish Academy had awarded the...
After 18 years, the Canadian-American singer-songwriter is still going strong Known for his characteristic, warm voice, a complex, ever-changing style and frequent switching from guitar to piano, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been performing his own songs to critical acclaim since his ­eponymous 1998 debut album. In recent years, his music has expanded from his indie roots, releasing his first opera...
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