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Vienna
Friday, January 19, 2018
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) –...
Osterklang
An eclectic repertoire of world renowned artists present dance in manifold forms at Osterklang.Reveling in sound and movement since 1996, Osterklang blends old classics with new approaches, presenting music with a spiritual angle by world-class artists. This year’s selection fuses theater, concert, ballet and cabaret, exploring the power of dance between Eros and Thanatos.The opening performance is a ballet...
the tiger lillies
The Tiger Lillies promote their latest album A Cold Night in Soho.Combining prewar cabaret with Brechtian aesthetics, macabre themes and an anarchic punk rock attitude, the highly influential ­Tiger Lillies have been bending genres since forming in 1989, even earning a Grammy nomination in 2003 (for The Gorey End, a collaboration with illustrator Edward Gorey and The Kronos Quartet).Best...
Richard Galliano and Ron Carter
Jazz greats Ron Carter & Richard Galliano team up for a rare live performanceTurning 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...
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...
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...
String Quartet
The enduring fascination of string quartets for musicians, composers and audiencesThe remarkable thing about the string quartet is how it endures. There are plenty of combinations of instruments, even matching instruments: say, trumpets, trombones and tubas. Composers also continue to find fancy new foursomes (I’m sure there’s a piece for piccolo, ukulele, basset-horn and harp somewhere).But the string quartet...
Ennio Morricone
The legendary soundtrack composer goes on tour, celebrating 60 years of musicIconic, influential and prolific with over 500 film and TV scores and over 100 classical works, Ennio Morricone is easily the most recognizable film composer of all time. Rising to fame for his genre-defining (and often parodied) “spaghetti” western soundtracks for Sergio Leone, his works include A Fistful...
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...
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