My Tips For The Best Musical Events
There are one to three dozen Vienna concerts taking place in my hometown every day.
Below is a list of the best classical and contemporary concerts, concert series and festivals. They include those I visit with my local friends and family, and those I would choose to attend as an independent traveller.
Here is an overview over all classical Vienna concerts and musical events. The calendar will help you find out what events are on at your specific travel dates. It includes a whole range of events, from Schonbrunn Palace concerts, and Strauss and Mozart evenings, to Mozart operas and music by classical ensembles that are popular with visitors and local residents alike.
Seasonal Vienna Concerts
The Christmas season offers classical music you may not listen to throughout the year: trumpets, choirs, and clearly Christmas Carols. Many of them take place in Vienna's sumptuous baroque churches and at St. Stephen's Cathedral. The best concerts series in 2013:
Advent Concert Series: St. Anne's Church Vienna
Minoriten Church: Trumpets in Concert. A Very Special Christmas
The New Year is high season for classical music. After all, we traditionally waltz into the New Year to Johann Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz. Read more about New Year's Eve Concerts.
New Year's Day is the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's annual New Year's Concert, which is broadcast all over the world. If you weren't lucky at the ticket ballots of the notoriously sold out event, there are additional New Year's events to select from.
Spring is the season of music festivals in Vienna, and the start of a few annual concert series. A 'must visit' is The Sound Of Easter In Vienna ('Osterklang' Festival). This annual Easter music festival selects high quality operas, theatres and concerts, involving internationally renown artists like Jordi Savall and Gerald Finley, and conductors like George Prêtre. In 2013, OsterKlang staged Benjamin Brittan's 'Curlew River' and 'The Prodigal Son' in English (with German surtitles).
An organ, a trumpet, and a soloist: This evening Easter concert is a great way to end Easter Sunday celebrations.
St. Stephen's cathedral will fill with baroque classical music by composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Haendel, and Giuseppe Torelli.
You hear works of the Vienna Classic from Joseph Haydn, and from Austrian Romantic composer Franz Schubert.
Austrian baroque composer Joseph Haydn's music returns to St. Stephen's Cathedral: The 'Seven Last Words Of Christ On The Cross' will be performed by a string quartett at the cathedral, where Haydn once
sang as a choir boy. Haydn often referred to this composition of slow meditative tunes as one of his most accomplished.
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Other popular spring music festivals are Spring In Vienna (Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday) and
the Vienna Spring Festival, an exclusive event presenting a mix of classical, jazz and world music.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's annual free open air concert in the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace, with fireworks. Simply spectacular!
For a broad selection of Vienna concerts in the spring visit Spring Concerts in Vienna.
Many local classical orchestras and venues take a summer break in July and August. There are the all-year-round Vienna concerts at venues such as Wiener Kursalon, Palais Auersperg or Palais Palffy - quite touristy! And then there are those delightful string, trumpet and organ ensembles playing at Vienna's most beautiful churches.
Mozart and More unites four strings and a trumpet at St. Stephen's Cathedral, where Wolfgang Mozart got married. They created an almost intimate atmosphere at Vienna's prime landmark - I found it's the best way to experience the church, and Mozart music.
Organ and Trumpet The rather inconspicuous 900-year old Church of the Sovereign Order of Malta lets its beautiful baroque organ take centre stage at the summer concerts series 'Organ and Trumpet'. Listen to works by Wolfgang Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn a.o., and to your own pulse calming.
The Mozart V.I.P. Dinner And Concert package at the traditional Musikverein is certainly among the best and most exclusive of these events. It includes dinner at a gourmet restaurant, a personal squire, a fiaker drive, top seats at the Musikverein, and the opportunity to speak with the conductor, singers and soloists.
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The baroque church of St. Peter is another splendid location to absorb Mozart music. Every Saturday and Sunday you can listen
to Mozart piano sonatas at the crypta, performed on a Steinway piano. The concerts last just 45 minutes and are therefore great for busy travellers
Another almost intimate place to enjoy Mozart music: Under the fresco-decorated vaulted ceilings of a monastery where Mozart lived and composed for a few weeks,
four string players perform Viennese chamber music and string quartets, mostly by Wolfgang Mozart.
See an example of a concert in Mozart's House:
Wolfgang Mozart's famous Requiem gets even more magnificent at St. Charles Borromeo, a sumptuous baroque church with a spectacular dome and colourful frescoes.
Since the Mozart anniversary in 2006, the Orchestra 1756 (Mozart's year of birth) and the Heinrich Biber choir perform the Requiem here every Saturday,
turning it into one of the most popular Vienna Concerts.
More than 40 musicians play on historical instruments, replicating the ambiente of the Requiem's premiere in the 18th century.
Antonio Vivaldi At Baroque Churches
Few people know that Italian composer and violinist Antonio Vivaldi lived in Vienna for some time and died there. Because of this special connection, the
Church St. Charles Borrmeo and the Church St. Anna, both beautiful baroque landmarks, regularly stage the composer's main oeuvre Four Seasons.
The concert Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
at St. Charles Borromeo focuses on the grand oeuvre while Classic Exclusive at the more intimate (and heated!)
Church St. Anna includes some works by W. A. Mozart and J. S. Bach.
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