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Sat, 16. June 2012

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Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2012

Summer Night Concert 2012
Photos: R. Schuster

The Vienna Philharmonic, the Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur and Betriebsgesellschaft and the Austrian Federal Gardens extended an open invitation to the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace for the ninth time on June 7, 2012. The Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn has not only become a fixed annual event with the Viennese, but has also established itself internationally due to the television broadcast in over 60 countries on all five continents. This year's concert, which was attended by around 100,000 people who took advantage of the free admission, had as its theme "Dances and Waves", and was augmented visually by the Association of the Vienna State Opera Ballet (Choreography: Gregor Hatala). The program also recognized one of the most important pathfinders of modern music, the great French impressionist Claude Debussy, whose 150th birthday is being celebrated on August 22, 2012. The 30-year-old Venezuelan, Gustavo Dudamel, who had made his debut with our orchestra in September 2007, conducted the program for the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, which was designed to emphasize the importance placed upon the ballet by some of the great opera composers. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin"), Modest Mussorgsky (Dance of the Persian Slaves from "Khovanshchina") and Alexander Borodin (Polovetsian Dances from "Prince Igor") represented the Russian Opera. The German musical drama was represented by Richard Strauss' "Salome" (Dance of the Seven Veils) and the Italian opera by the "Dance of the Hours" from "La Gioconda", Amilcare Ponchielli's most popular work. The performance of "La Mer - Three Sketches for Orchestra" served as a special tribute to Claude Debussy, whose virtuosic descriptive impressions of nature were effectively highlighted by the ambience of the Schönbrunn Palace park, which, as the palace itself, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The first encore was, according to established tradition, the waltz "Wiener Blut", op. 354, by Johann Strauss whereas for the final piece of the concert, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Intermezzo from the Zarzuela "La boda de Luis Alonso" by Geronimo Gimenez.

In addition to its socio-political, artistic and medial significance, the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn presents year for year a particular challenge for the performers, as well as for the organizers and broadcasters. The artist management agency Buchmann Gmbh coordinated a staff of over 700 (!) persons, while the ORF once again excelled with innovative and technical mastery. The European Broadcasting Union as well as Highlight, the TV-Marketing partner of the Vienna Philharmonic, made it possible for the number of countries which carried the concert to exceed that of last year. In Austria alone the event was viewed by 440,000 people, which corresponded to a 19 percent market share.

Such a major undertaking would be impossible without the efficient help of diverse institutions. We extend our gratitude to our exclusive partner ROLEX, and the Austrian National Bank, the Austrian Mint, ZZ Investment Management, Bank Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery, the Foreign Ministry and Wien Kultur, as well as the Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsgesellschaft and the Austrian Federal Gardens for their support in making the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn a reality.

 

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