A Viennese Dream
Arguably the home of classical music as we experience it today, the Austrian culture capital, Vienna, has become something of a second home for the Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Since 1960, the Gewandhaus players have taken to the Viennese stage as part of their world-class tours and 2013 was no exception. On a rare one-city only stopover, the orchestra traveled in March to Vienna to perform under conductor Ricardo Chailly’s leadership at the world-renowned Musikverein.
The performance in Vienna is not new to the Gewandhaus’ repertoire – visits to the Musikverein have become something of a tradition for the traveling players, occurring regularly after Maestro Chailly took his position at the helm several years back. Chailly’s goal to realize more concerts throughout Europe during the performance season has given the visit to Vienna even more meaning. There is nothing comparable to the sounds of a symphony playing in the birthplace of classical music, as the many prominent members of the audience could attest.
It was also the first concert that the Gewandhaus Orchestra has performed at the world-class location since its new organ worth nearly 1.8 million Euros was realized in 2011. Organist Michael Schönheit made good use of the instrument with his rendition of “Rufe zu mir,” by Thomas Daniel Schlee – a movement that left the audience, including Gewandhaus Director Prof. Dr. Andreas Schulz and internally-recognized organist Martin Haselböck, clamoring to congratulate the organist after the show.
The Viennese Dream in March was the first in a series of visits to European metropolises that will take part this year, including a full festival schedule over the summer and a three-city tour that concludes with a return to Vienna in November. For a complete listing of dates and more information about the tour sponsored by DHL, you can have a look at the Gewandhaus’ website here: www.gewandhaus.de