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Jazz Fest head dies

Heinz Krassnitzer passed away unexpectedly on 21 September at the age of 61. Krassnitzer was a vibrant performer and leader of the jazz scene for the last 40 years and main coordinator of the Vienna Jazz Festival. Since 1991, the summer festival has been celebrating the smooth music in venues such as the Vienna State […]

Shaky Carinthian summer

The Carinthian Summer looks back on a season with 14,000 visitors and an 88% capacity utilisation, peaked by a London Symphony Orchestra concert as a grand finale, but its future is unclear. Subsidies have been cut and, according to Thomas Schlee, director of the music festival, talks with the federal government are still “open-ended”, as […]

New Orleans meets Vienna

Renowned New Orleans jazz pianist Tom McDermott comes to Vienna. He will play at the Amerikahaus on 27 August at 18:30, at the Chilli Jazz Festival on 29 August at 17:00, and at Porgy & Bess on 30 August at 19:30. One of New Orleans’ top piano players and composers, Tom McDermott developed his style […]

Google streaming in Austria

The streaming service “Google Play Music All Access” became available in Austria in August after having gone online in the U.S. in May. “Millions of songs” are available for a monthly fee of €7.99 for those that sign up before 15 September, making the service €2 cheaper than its main competitors Spotify and Deezer. For […]

Jazz Herbst cancelled

Due to a deficit of €1.17 million, founder and organiser Johannes Kunz declared the Salzburg festival bankrupt on 20 August. According to Kunz, sponsors disappeared and large companies which normally bought tickets in bulk didn’t pull through. The Salzburg Old City Association sponsored another event in August, “Jazz in the City,” which may have affected […]

Fatmagic tours Europe

U.S.-based and Austrian-born musical duo Fatmagic have returned to tour Austria to promote their new album, Connecting Worlds, released in May. Consisting of Radina Tara Vel and Markus “Madmax” Fahrenberger, the pair’s music is “electric freestyle” – electronic based, mixed with live instruments and incorporating multiple musical genres. The unique style combines electronic music with […]

Rathaus Film Festival

Rathaus Film Festival

While most Vienna concert halls are closed in summer, you can still have a daily dose of world-class performances at the Rathaus Film Festival 2013 in front of City Hall. Every evening at nightfall for a full 65 days (from 29 Jun. to 1 Sept.) you can enjoy some of the greatest stars of classical music, dance and jazz on a […]

Final Fantasy music live

On June 14 and 15, the Konzerthaus will host Distant Worlds, a multimedia event showcasing themes from the hit videogame franchise Final Fantasy, currently on world tour. On the Vienna stop, orchestral duties shall be taken over by the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra, with Grammy Award winner Arnie Roth conducting; composer Nobuo Uematsu will be attending […]

Verdi and Wagner in Wien

This May, Vienna will celebrate the bicentennial birthday of two beloved opera composers, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. Both spent time in Vienna: In 1843, Verdi staged his opera Nabucco here, which was the first time it was performed outside of Italy. He later led performances of Rigoletto in 1852 and Requiem in 1875 at […]

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