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Vienna
Monday, January 22, 2018
Vienna Philharmonic
A closer look at the Vienna Philharmonic and the New Year’s Concert, its most important event of the yearA curious thing, tradition. On the first day of the year in Vienna – provided you don’t sleep all day after the excesses of the previous eve – you turn on the TV at 11:15 and watch the live broadcast of the...
Elisabeth Leonskaja
Pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja celebrates her 70th birthday performing Franz SchubertPianist Elisabeth Leonskaja doesn’t take time for pleasantries on stage. She sits and begins to play nearly before the clapping stops, her mien serious if not downright stern. But within moments, her sweeping and sovereign lyricism has the hall in her grip.Born in Tbilisi and trained in Moscow, Leonskaja came...
saul williams
The New York slam poet breaks back into the hip-hop sceneAn alternative hip-hop icon since acquiring the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion in 1996, esteemed spoken word artist Saul Williams has since risen to global fame for his poetry, writing and acting. Highly influential in both music and literature, his list of appearances and collaborators is long, including...
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...
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...
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