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Their (Least) Favourite Thing

On my Austrian husband’s first holiday in the U.S., my whole family was there, and in an annual ritual, we all sat down in front of the TV and put on The Sound of Music. As scenic views of Julie Andrews cavorting through the Alps rolled out before us, my sister exclaimed to her children, […]

Danube’s Sound of Music

The Danube International School in Vienna will be holding their 20th Anniversary concert on Thursday, April 25. Music will include renditions of Vivaldi, Bach, and Hammerstein. The school’s program announces, “We hope our concert will bring a touch of awe, pleasure and happiness to you all and will ultimately benefit the lives of the children […]

Competing with the Von Trapps

Competing with the Von Trapps

When I saw that your excellent Vienna Review was now under the wing of Falter (which I admire very much), I thought I would send along the following from a recent column by my friend Simon Hoggart in The Guardian. We have friends from our days in Washington who have always been involved in Foreign […]

In Search of a Third Stream

Climbing the stairs to the Grosser Saal at Vienna’s Konzerthaus (3., Lothringerstraße 20) one is reminded that this massive edifice is not simply imperial in its imposing appearance and massive size, but is in fact one of the final, crowning achievements of Kaiser Franz Josef’s public works. At the landing midway up to the Parterre […]

A Brave New (Global) World

Schloss Leopoldskron, a U.S.-owned 18th-century castle by a lake on the outskirts of Salzburg, a grandiose location, hosted a seminar with a very grandiose name: “Global Citizenship: At Home (and?) in the World.” Under its high ceilings of rococo stucco, a select group of U.S. students were discussing ways to make our shared world a […]

Vienna on Film

When I meet Thomas Ballhausen, we are obliged to enter his offices via the gates to the Vienna Boys’ Choir because of the ongoing and sometimes intense protests against the redevelopment of that corner of Augarten. He is neat and intense, bookish and clearly passionate about his subject. And not always easy to pin down: […]

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