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Vienna
Saturday, January 20, 2018
René Clemencic and his Consort celebrate half a century of early music concerts at the MusikvereinWhat do we know about European music in 1492, the year Columbus was busy voyaging – he thought – toward Asia? We might have a Hollywood impression. But how garish it is, and how brutal the amplification. At that time the world was a...
Showing off the instrument’s versatility, this international festival offers a month of squeezebox fever. Featuring both regional and international acts, the brainchild of local impresario Friedl Preisl (who also organizes the Klezmer festival Klezmore each November) goes into its 17th year, continuing to promote this traditional folk instrument’s use in both traditional and new, innovative approaches.Their special theme this year...
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...
gramola
The compact disc is still a viable archival medium, especially for classical musicI just read a Japanese best-seller about cleaning. The basic premise is that if you reduce your belongings to a perfect minimum of only those things you feel deeply about, then designate each a special place in your home, you will live the rest of your days...
Pixies
The alternative rock icons come to town with a brand new albumA huge influence on the grunge movement and bands like Nirvana, Blur or Radiohead, this seminal band from Boston is fronted by Black Francis (sometimes known as Frank Black). Still going strong after reuniting in 2004, they continue their signature sound with their new album Head Carrier. Only their sixth...
west side story
The deadly rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets ignites once again, as an international cast takes the stage celebrating Jerome Robbins’ legacy The first measures of Leonard Bernstein’s jazz prologue start slowly, a melodic counterpoint to the snapping of fingers, driving the audience wild with anticipation. The turbulent sights and sounds of Manhattan in the 1950s will be brought...
candy dulfer
The Dutch jazz institution brings a fresh and funky injection of sax-appealPropelled to global stardom in the early 1990s with her break out debut album Saxuality, jazz and funk saxophonist Candy Dulfer has made an indelible mark in a male dominated genre. Influenced by giants like Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Dexter Gordon, she fuses experimental tempos and moods...
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...

Ben Harper

ben harper
The eclectic musician reunites with his backing band The Innocent Criminals for a new albumA darling of the alternative crowd, socially conscious multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ben Harper is widely noted for his skill on the slide guitar and highly respected for his musical style – a diverse mix of folk, blues, rock, soul and reggae – winning three Grammys...
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