Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn--2013
You love music. You love concerts. You love the thrill of an open air event. You will be in Vienna at the end of May. Jot down in your calendar—May 30 for the Summer Night Concert Schonbrunn; a delightful evening of music by Verdi and Wagner.
The music played by the elite 169 years old Vienna Philharmonic will be conducted by Lorin Maazel. Maazel was born in 1930 and was a child prodigy in the world of orchestra conducting. He was playing the violin superbly by the age of five. He conducted his first orchestra (NBC Symphony) at the age of seven and with an invitation from no less a personality than Toscanini. The 83 year old maestro will bring his individual style to this beautiful evening.
The setting for the musical evening cannot be grander. It is in front of the Neptune Fountain in the Palace Gardens of Schonbrunn. The Palace is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. A visit to the Palace is a must when you are in Vienna. The Palace is a monument to the Imperial Habsburgs. Started in 1548 by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II it has had over the years many royal patrons. The Palace is named after an artesian well which was a ‘beautiful spring’ thus Schonbrunn.
Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna is The Tourist attraction of Austria with nearly 3 million visitors each year. It is wise to arrive here using public transport as there is a paucity of parking spaces.
This year’s concert will feature Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Aida’—The Triumphal March.
Richard Wagner’s Prelude to the ‘Meistersinger von Nurnberg.’
Wagner—Tristan and Isolde—Prelude and Liebestod.
Wagner—Logengrin and Ride of the Valkyries— Grail narrative and prelude only.
Verdi—Overture—‘La Forza del Destino.’
It will be and evening you will cherish for the rest of your life and remember the entry is free but make sure to arrive early to grab those free seats for the general public otherwise you will have to stand in the special area for the spill-over audience.