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Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2014

Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2014

An estimated 40,000 people came to the magnificent grounds of Schönbrunn Palace to hear compositions by Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss.

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Schönbrunn Palace, Palace Gardens
(in front of the Neptune Fountain)
1130 Vienna

Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
Soloist: Lang Lang, Piano

The Vienna Philharmonic performed its annual Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, an open air event with free admission, in the unique ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The Summer Night Concert was conducted for the first time by Christoph Eschenbach. The soloist was Lang Lang.

Despite less than optimum weather conditions approximately 40,000 people came to the magnificent grounds of Schönbrunn Palace to hear compositions by Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss. Lang Lang performed brilliantly as piano soloist in the Burlesque for Piano and Orchestra by Richard Strauss.

With this open air concert in Schönbrunn, the Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Christoph Eschenbach

Born in Breslau, Germany, Christoph Eschenbach overcame the most difficult of circumstances to become one of the finest pianists and conductors of the late 20th century. In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure in September 2010 as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Christoph Eschenbach's successful international career as a pianist began when he won the First Prize at the Clara Haskil Competition in Lucerne in 1965. He celebrated his concert debut in the USA in 1969 with the Cleveland Orchestra under Georg Szell. Szell was impressed with his musicianship and gave him lessons in conducting, starting a close relationship that lasted until Szell's death in 1970. Eschenbach's conducting debut took place in 1972.

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Since that time, Christoph Eschenbach has directed numerous prestigious orchestras such as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Hamburg, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

A prolific recording artist over five decades, Christoph Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. His recordings include works ranging from J.S. Bach to music of our time, and reflect his commitment to not just canonical works but also the music of the late-20th and early-21st century.

Lang Lang

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Lang Lang inspires millions around the world with his open-hearted, emotive piano playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages. He started playing piano aged three, won the Shenyang Competition and gave his first public recital by the time he was five. He entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory aged nine, won First Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition and played the complete Chopin Etudes at the Beijing Concert Hall at 13. His international breakthrough came at the age of 17 in a performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Lang Lang has been featured on every major TV network and in magazines worldwide. He has performed for international dignitaries and in 2013 he was designated by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace focusing on global education.

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Lang Lang is a role model who has helped to encourage more than 40 million Chinese children to learn to play the piano. In 2011, Lang Lang Music World was launched, a multi-functioning arts complex in Shenzhen and Chongqing, China, where children can go to receive piano education, participate in master classes and competitions, attend concerts and purchase educational products. Lang Lang himself continues to give master classes regularly throughout the world at the invitation of the most prestigious musical institutions.

Tens of thousands of people have enjoyed Lang Lang’s performances in open air concerts in parks and venues around the globe. One of these performances was in 2008 when Lang Lang appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic at Schönbrunn Palace with Zubin Mehta conducting.

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Schönbrunn Palace: Nature, Art and History; Music and Joie de Vivre

Dr. Otto Biba

Ever since Emperor Maximilian and the year 1569, the Hapsburgs maintained a retreat where Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens are located today.A small hunting castle was situated here which was destroyed during the second Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683. Twelve years later,

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Sommernachtskonzert 2012 ©  WPH/Richard Schuster ≡ InfoSommernachtskonzert 2012 | + Zoom

Important Information for All Visitors

There is no admission fee for the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn. The park is accessible for all visitors. The Main Palace Gate as well as the Meidlinger Gate (eastern side of the palace) and Hietzinger Gate (western side of the palace) will remain open on the evening of the concert until 1:00 AM.

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The Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn is presented by Rolex. Since 2008, Rolex is the worldwide exclusive partner of the Vienna Philharmonic and through its commitment makes possible the realization of various projects, among them the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn and the New Year's Concert.

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