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Wiener Symphoniker
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Symphoniker Open-Air

The Wiener Symphoniker, one of Vienna’s best orchestras, are treating the Viennese and their guests to no less than two free open-air concerts. Lahav Shani, the orchestra’s first guest conductor, is taking up the baton.

May 8: Festival of Joy

The sixth Festival of Joy is taking place on Heldenplatz this year: The occasion is the anniversary of the capitulation of the Nazi regime in 1945 and this year also a commemoration of 1938. The Wiener Symphoniker and the Austrian Mauthausen Committee (MKÖ) extend an invitation to a concert on the historical Heldenplatz. Host Katharina Stemberger leads through the program, which also includes speeches and the broadcast of video messages. Live TV broadcast on ORF III!

The focus of the event is on the universal language of music. Conductor Lahav Shani has compiled a program with a decidedly Jewish touch:

It will again be kicked off with Kurt Schwertsik’s “Hier und Jetzt!” (Here and Now!): The Austrian composer created it last year specially for the Festival of Joy. Works by Ernest Bloch and Leonard Bernstein will follow. Celebrity violinist Julian Rachlin performs solo excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Ludwig van Beethoven’s "Ode to Joy” concludes the event.

Monday, May 8, 2018, 19:30, free admission, rain or shine

Festival of Joy, Heldenplatz, open-air concert by the Wiener Symphoniker

Festival of Joy at Heldenplatz

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Julian Rachlin with a violin in his hand

Julian Rachlin

© Julian Wesely

May 12, MuseumsQuartier Open Air

The Wiener Symphoniker are performing another open-air concert on Saturday with free admission: They are transforming the main courtyard at the MuseumsQuartier into Vienna’s most beautiful open-air concert hall. The orchestra and conductor Lahav Shani are planning a romantic summer program with works by Mozart, Dvorák, Tchaikowsky and Prokofiew, among others.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 19:00, free admission

Lahav Shani, Festival of Joy 2018

Lahav Shani

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Wiener Symphoniker

Wiener Symphoniker

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Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
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MuseumsQuartier Vienna

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 4 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        6 parking spaces within the MuseumsQuartier complex
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair service in the MQ-Point by the main entrance: daily 10 am – 7 pm free rental (form of ID left as a deposit). Inductive audio systems in the auditoriums (Hall E + G).
      Seeing-eye dogs by prior arrangement with the respective cultural institutions.

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      Access to all MuseumsQuartier institutions: no steps. All public elevators are suitable for wheelchairs.


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