To salute Vienna’s unique and extraordinary musical legacy, the Carnegie Hall in New York City is currently hosting a three-week citywide festival. The event features symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music and a variety of new music that is emerging from the Austrian capital. The central piece of the festival is a concert series by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. Within the framework of the festival, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is also hosting a series of events, including lectures, concerts and exhibits centered around Vienna.
The residency of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, which includes seven concert performances, marks only the second time in history that the Viennese musicians have performed opera in concert at Carnegie Hall. The festival extends throughout New York City and features other musical highlights such as Beethoven’s violin sonata cycle, Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and the premiere of new work by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas. Apart from concert performances, the celebration combines a variety of art disciplines including film screenings and art exhibitions at different cultural venues throughout the city. The kick-off event of the festival was the annual traditional Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 21, 2014.
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York present Vienna:
As part of the Vienna - City of Dreams festival, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall, the University of Vienna, the Sigmund Freud Museum, the Austrian Film Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, (le) Poisson Rouge and the Czech Center New York, is hosting a series of events including concerts, lectures, panel discussions and exhibits. Find more information about the full program at http://www.acfny.org/category/music/vienna-complex-festival-2014/.