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Wiener Symphoniker

Symphonic open-air concert

The day of liberation from National Socialism was 72 years ago: The Allied troops had won. The Second World War was finally at an end.

The Wiener Symphoniker, one of Vienna's best orchestras, and the Austrian Mauthausen Committee (MKÖ) extend an invitation - supported by other organizations - to a festival concert on the historical Heldenplatz. Host Katharina Stemberger leads through the program, which also includes speeches and the broadcast of video messages.

Wiener Symphoniker, Ádám Fischer, Camilla Nylund

The universal language of music, which is at the center of the event, is intended as an expression of the commitment to democracy and freedom in Austria. Ádám Fischer conducts the Wiener Symphoniker. The event is opened with a premiere by Kurt Schwertsik: The Austrian composer created "Hier und Jetzt!" (Here and Now!) specially for the Festival of Joy. This is followed by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Ludwig van Beethoven, including the "Ode to Joy" to finish with.

The celebrated Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund has been secured as soloist. The young, prize-winning Viennese violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian performs Mendelssohn Bartholdy's violin concerto.

TIP: Live TV broadcast on ORF III

Program "Festival of Joy 2017"

From 7.10 pm - video messages
From 7.30 pm - opening and speeches
8.00 pm to approx. 9.10 pm - musical contributions:

  • Kurt Schwertsik: "Hier und Jetzt!" for orchestra (UA)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to the incidental music "Egmont", Op. 84
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for violin and orchestra in E minor, Op. 77 64
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: "Ah perfido!", scene and aria for soprano and orchestra, Op. 65; Overture No. 3 to the opera "Leonore", Op. 72b; Excerpt from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: "Ode to Joy"

Festival of Joy 2017

Monday, 8 May 2017, 7.30 pm
Admission is free!
Held whatever the weather.
There is only a limited number of seats reserved for older guests and people with special needs.
Live broadcast on ORF III


Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
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