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Friday, July 20, 2018
Elvis Costello
Widely regarded as one of the greatest singers/songwriters ever, Elvis Costello is known for his witty lyrics, often using wordplay in his songs, which has brought him the reputation of being a “pop encyclopedia.” Rising to fame with his 1977 debut album My Aim is True, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has won...
Péter Eötvös’s Tri Sestri at the Staatsoper: A cornerstone work about paths not taken, memory and farewellsIt takes only about ten notes of a lonely accordion to set the mood. All the more jarring, then, is the first line seconds later: “That music is so cheerful.”Tri Sestri (Three Sisters), by Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös, is based on Anton Chekhov’s...
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...
music
An intro to subscriptions for the upcoming music season, or how to remember where you put the ticketsThe concert season has finally reopened. From now until the last day of June, Vienna’s concert halls offer a musical bounty that is unsurpassed. For the most part,  this means “classical” music: a term that, for some, exudes a musty odor inducing visions...
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...
Magic Flute Zauberflöte Mozart
Enchanting and confusing, Die Zauberflöte returns to the house it helped buildHowever you look at it, the story is confusing. Somehow, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is a fairy tale: There’s a dragon, some magic, a quest, good and evil, a couple earning their happy ever after. But there are also side stories and pre-stories and allusions to...
Accordion Festival
On its 18th birthday, this world music festival explores SpainStill going strong after 18 years, the city's own International Accordion Festival continues to showcase the instrument in various unexpected ways by both local and international talent. This year's theme, Viva España, focuses on the Iberian Peninsula, with numerous Spanish combos coming like the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra. Featuring Spanish...
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...
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...
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