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Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn2010
On June 8, 2010, the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn took place for the seventh time. This year beautiful summer weather greeted over 130,000 people, who enjoyed the lovely ambience of the palace grounds and participated in an event which was broadcast by the ORF, with the support of the European Broadcasting Union, in 61 countries. The theme for the evening's program was "Moon – Planets - Stars" and was conducted by Franz Welser-Most, who, though concurrently being involved in the intensive final rehearsals for the June 16th premiere of "Tannhäuser" at the Vienna State Opera, graciously agreed to step in for Seiji Ozawa, who was forced to cancel due to illness.
The orchestra performed for the first time compositions by John Williams, the most prominent of contemporary film composers ("Indiana Jones", "Harry Potter", Star Wars", Jurassic Park", "E.T.", "Superman", "Jaws", and many others), selecting excerpts from the "Star Wars" score, including the "Star Wars Main Title", "Princess Leia's Theme", and the "Imperial March". The program also included two waltzes, "Sphärenklänge", op. 235, by Josef Strauss, and "Abendsterne", op. 180, by Joseph Lanner; "Mars", from Gustav Holst's "The Planets"; and - in honour of the orchestra's founder, Otto Nicolai, whose 200th birthday occurred the next day - the "Moon Chorus," from the opera "The Merry Wives of Windsor" sung by the Chorus of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna (preparation: Johannes Prinz).
The only work on the program which was not in keeping with the concert's theme was Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, performed by a long-time faithful friend of the orchestra and "guest star" of the evening, Yefim Bronfman. With the music world commemorating Robert Schumann's 200th birthday on June 8, 2010, the encores began with Schumann's "Träumerei" in the instrumentation by Johann Herbeck. This was followed by the waltz, "Wiener Blut", op. 354, by Johann Strauss, now the obligatory encore of the Schönbrunn Concert, and the fast polka, "Auf Ferienreisen", op. 133, by Josef Strauss, which brought the evening to its conclusion.