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Klezmer Reinvigorated: Fusing Old and New

So you want Balkan rhythms? Men in bowler hats playing accordions? How about melancholy music that makes you want to look wistfully off into the distance and murmur about “my lost homeland”? How about all of the above, at the seventh KlezMore Festival taking place in Vienna from Nov. 6-21 and for those not in […]

Legal Ambiguity: Skinheads and ORF

Heinz-Christian Strache mingled with party supporters after addressing a Freedom Party (FPÖ) rally last March, signing autographs across a temporary metal guardrail typical of any outdoor event. While he was chatting, the FPÖ leader was approached by two young men; apparently skinheads. Strache, a talented politician, was courteous, but it was clear he was apprehensive. […]

Where Tragedies Meet Hilarity

The stage at the International Theatre is empty as we enter, with only a lion-clawed armchair and a fat copy of The Illustrated Stratford Shakespeare leaning upright against the back. Here’s the problem, to do on stage what this bulky book manages between its embossed covers: to bundle all of Shakespeare’s pieces into one event. […]

Immigration’s Uncivil Law

In the arrivals hall of the Vienna International Airport, Daniella and Dorentinya Komani smiled and waved into the camera. Accompanied by their beaming father, Augustin, the 8-year-old twin girls set foot back in Austria on Oct. 21, back to the country they had grown up in, but had had to leave, despite their mother’s open […]

Big Money Merges with Big Brother

All over the world, Internet users entertain romantic delusions about cyberspace. To most of us Web surfers, the Internet provides a false sense of complete freedom, power, and anonymity. Every once in a while, of course, unsolicited messages and ads that happen to be mysteriously related to our most intimate habits intrude. They remind us […]

Tradition Under Threat

It is early Sunday afternoon, Oct. 31 at the Café Wortner in the 4th district, one of Vienna’s most appealing traditional cafes, recently voted “Best Kaffeehaus in Vienna” by the Chamber of Commerce (WKO) earlier this year. Partly it’s the setting, set back behind a fountain in a small triangular pocket park on the Wiedner […]

‘Here and Now’: Wien Modern

Modern music is not composed for dancing or consumption in a “feel good” fashion but is to be perceived in a concentrated and contemplative manner, has said young Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud, born in Innsbruck in 1974. And whether yea or nay, there will be plenty of chances to hear new music in contemplative […]

Martha Graham’s Dancers, On Stage, Here in Vienna

In America, Martha Graham has been an icon for generations of women. Yet she was one of the 20th century’s most iconoclastic artists. And one of its most influential: Born in 1894, she died less than twenty years ago, at nearly100, having created a completely new vocabulary of movement, revolutionizing the medium and freeing dance […]

The Legendary Edita Gruberova – Plus: Hindemith, Haydn and Richard Strauss

Now that the clocks have gone back and darkness descends ever earlier, it’s cheering to know that a feast of opera awaits us in all four opera houses in Vienna. Just a small number of those scheduled for November can be found in the Events pages. Not that October wasn’t festive or exciting. There were […]

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