Summer Night Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic
At the Summer Night Concert, the Vienna Philharmonic play open-air in Schönbrunn Palace park and to the familiar high standard. What is unusual is that they play this concert, held each year since 2004, with free admission: it is a way for the famous ensemble to give around 100,000 visitors and the global TV audience a special experience.
Public Viewing in London
This is the first time that the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn in Vienna will be broadcast live to London, Bucharest, Madrid and Monza from Schönbrunn Palace in the form of a public viewing. Win a trip to Vienna: Share your favourite impressions of the Summer Night Concert public viewing in London on Instagram and Twitter at #viennaconcert. A unique and exclusive prize awaits – celebrate New Year’s in Vienna including the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch the Vienna Philharmonic rehearse for their New Year’s concert.
Bychkov and the Labèque Sisters
Semyon Bychkov takes up the baton for the Summer Night Concert. Born in St Petersburg, Semyon Bychkov’s name came to international attention in concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras. Formerly, Chief Conductor of the Orchestre de Paris and WDR Symphony Cologne, Bychkov’s discography extends to more than 30 CDs and DVDs. He is in demand in all the major music capitals, including the opera houses and orchestras in London, Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Amsterdam, New York, Paris, Chicago and Munich. Joining him for the Summer Night Concert are the international piano duo, Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Program of French composers
- Georges Bizet: Farandole from L'Arlésienne, Suite No. 2
- Hector Berlioz: Rákóczy Marsch from "La Damnation de Faust", op. 24
- Francis Poulenc: Concert for two pianos and orchestra, d minor, FP 61
- Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
- Maurice Ravel: Boléro, ballet for orchestra
Before the Summer Night Concert, starting from 4 p.m., video portraits of the five price winners of the BePhilharmonic – Strauss Music Contest 2016 will be broadcast onto the huge video walls in the setting. At 7.50 p.m. the winners of the contest groovin’Tango quINNtett will be perfoming live.
2016 Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic
26 May 2016, 8.30 pm
Alternative date in case of bad weather: 27 May 2016
A weather hotline is available (only!) on the day of the concert, 26 May 2016, with information on whether the concert will go ahead: tel. 0800 0800 99
Place: Schönbrunn Palace park, between Schönbrunn Palace and the Neptune Fountain.
The concert cannot be heard on the meadow behind the stage – in front of the Gloriette.
Admission is free, no reservations required
Park at Schönbrunn Palace Entrance at Hietzinger TorMaxingstraße, 1130 Wien
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
Special offers for people with disabilities
Sightseeing-train through the palace park with hydraulic auto-lift for wheelchairs. Daily between 10 am and 6 pm from mid March until the end of October. Reduced price for wheelchair-users.
Daily until dusk, some sights only accessible through gentle climbs and over gravel paths.
- Further information
The U4 subway line will be closed between “Hütteldorf” and “Hietzing” stations from 30 April to 1 July 2016. Diversions will be in place via tram lines 49, 52 and 58 as well as rapid transit railway and regional trains from “Hütteldorf” station, which provide connections to subway lines U3 and U6. A bus will also operate along this section of the U4 as a rail replacement service. More information