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Vienna
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
This year’s Europop fiesta has the The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre… and The Australians Best known as the launch pad of ABBA, the European Broadcasting Union’s annual song contest has been described as an Olympiad for cheesy pop music where extremely partisan voting by member countries is part of the fun. Carrying the microphone for Austria this year is singer...
dropkick murphys
The Irish-American punk rockers kick off their European tour in Vienna Raucous and bursting with Celtic pride, The Dropkick Murphys have been mixing Gaelic folk with punk for 20 years and counting. The Boston originals, not ones to rest on their shamrocks, are now touring in support of their latest album 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory, the first...
candy dulfer
The Dutch jazz institution brings a fresh and funky injection of sax-appeal Propelled 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...
Wien Modern, the festival for new music, in its 28th year Apparently Wien Modern wants to change its image. This year the nearly month-long festival of “masterpieces of new music” is embracing pop music. With the motto “Pop.Song.Voice.” it seems as though the festival would like to span the gap between the “normal” classical music listener and the fans of Vienna’s...
Vienna Philharmonic
A closer look at the Vienna Philharmonic and the New Year’s Concert, its most important event of the year A 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 Schubert Pianist 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 scene An 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 await Going 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 times Does 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...
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