Classical Music, Vienna
In the immediate vicinity of this lovely monument there is a hall where there are ( in the summer for sure) concerts of "light nature", designated mostly for visitors. To break the ice and stir up sensitivity champagne is served in the intermission. If not much more, this outing could be a good musical souvenir from Vienna.
Before visiting Vienna, I purchased an advance ticket for a performance of a classical string quartet advertised as a "Konzert im Mozarthaus" (Concert in the Mozart House). The name in the advertising is a little confusing because the concerts are not in the building on Domgasse 5 known as the Mozart House. Instead, the venue for the concerts is the Sala Terrena on Singerstrasse 7 -- a small, ornately decorated Baroque concert hall with a vaulted ceiling. Mozart and other famous classical composers/musicians performed in this small concert hall which is renowned for its terrific acoustics.
The Sala Terrena seats up to 100 people -- and there were a few empty seats for the performance that I attended. However, during the busy tourist season, it is probably best to purchase an advance ticket to ensure seat reservations. With this tip, I have included a link to a web page with more information about the concerts and how to purchase tickets in advance.
The Vienna Kursalon was built between the years 1865 and 1867 by Johann Garber in the style of the Italian Renaissance. It's a beautiful building--the brothers Strauss's venue of their famed Promenade concerts.
We attended a classical music concert, interspersed with aria and sometimes accompanied by dancing at the Kursalon. It was filled with Viennese charm and joi-de-vivre. The Virtuosic musicians of the Salonorchester "Alt Wien", one of the best known performers of Viennese classical music, were very entertaining, add to it the extraordinary opera singers and you have an evening filled with Viennese charm.
The only negative aspect of the evening was that I developed an "earworm". The Blue Danube waltz kept playing in my head for the rest of the evening and the following day as well.
There are so many concerts to choose from . Depending on your budget you can see anywhere from a 10 to a 30 piece orchestra. We saw the Imperial Orchestra in Beethoven Platz. It was a fabulous two hour show with opera singers, and wonderful musicians and dancers. It was 29E with a glass campaign of included. Tickets can be bargained from the sellers in Stephenplatz . It cost 10E more from the hotel desk.
Vienna is a city of music.Here you can visit houses of great composers like Beethoven,Haydn ,Mozart ,Strauss, Arnold Schonberg, Schubert. There a lot of halls of concert:Imperial Saal, in Beethoven Platz, Kursalon,near Stadtpark, Musikverein, Staatsoper. In Hofburg Palace and in Schonbrunn Palace are halls where you can listen a concert,if you want.
If in Vienna you definitely want to go see a classical music concert as it was the centre for classical music back in the 1700s. I saw one that performed pieces written by both Mozart and Strauss who were both Austrians and lived much of their lives in Vienna.
Even if you don´t like classical music, give it a try!
You won´t regret it! You don´t even have to dress up.
Better book online in advance, Kategorie S-Superior was about 72 Euro and had a good view.
Had the whole afternoon to "waste" so, I thought of taking pictures of these memorial plaques featuring different musicians and how they were connected to Wien. Some were born here, some were buried here and some lived for a time in this great city of music.
In Vienna you can spot signs at almost every building in the city centre. "This famous musician lived here", "that famous composer was born here" etc etc. It's not only Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart who lived here, there are sooo many more. Hence the city of Vienna stole the idea of the L.A. "Walk of Fame" and created a Classical Music Walk of Fame between "Theater an der Wien" and Stephansdom in 2001.
By the way: Please note that neither Mozart nor Beethoven or Haydn were born in Vienna. Mozart was born in Salzburg, Beethoven in Bonn (Germany) and Haydn in Niederösterreich.
The Palace sits at the top of a very 'expensive' looking street and demands repsect as you approach. It's a powerful building - much more than that bungalow, Buckingham Palace - and seeps history from it's fabulous stonework and statues.
On both occaisions I was there I walked around the grounds in amazement and wonder. My mind could almost see the people who lived there and passed through. I could almost hear Mozart et al playing the 'hits of the day' for the Emperor
We were continually hounded by street sellers to buy tickets to a classical concert at all the major tourist attractions of Vienna. We finally found a seller who had standing room tickets for 5 euro each to see the Vienna Classical orchestra at the National Museum. A normal ticket cost 40 or so euro.
When we arrived we found that our seats were marble steps directly next to the people who paid 8 times as much as us for their tickets. We even had a better view due to the height of our steps.
Thoroughly enjoyed the evening and recommend to buy the cheap tickets. The music was great, the performers were entertaining, and the price was a real steal. This was the best buy of our 6 week trip through europe.
We went to a concert at Schönbrunn. It was wonderful. They played various pieces from operas such as Magical Flute, Don Giovanni etc. There was a couple singing and a ballet couple. You can buy the tickets at the information desk at the place. It feels so different to attend a concert where once Mozart has played...
Johann Strauss Jr. - I've heard of his compositions long b4 I even know how to speak English! My parents are fans of his, hence.
I remembered a lot of scenes from my childhood, not because i've excellent memory, but rather, the music holds an unexplainable association to that part of my memory. It's like some sort of classical conditioning. (& no, I'm NOT the dog, :p)
It's probably safe to say that Strauss' fame surpasses even that of the Emperor. & his "Blue Danube" & "Tales from the Viennese Woods" are some of my favorites.
Next visit, I must stay long enough & learn how to waltz.....
Vienna is the city of the waltz & the opera.
There's a concert practically every night of the year.
Composers such as Mozart, Haydn & Schubert are associated with this city.
Mozart was performing at Schonbrunn at age 6 & it was in Vienna that he composed his first "opera buffa".
Johnann Strauss, Snr & Jnr. both performed in Vienna for the major of their lifetime. Symbolic of the Viennese style, the Strauss had left their marks on this city for many centuries.
Today, it was still a tradition to hold the ball season from mid-Jan to mid-Feb in the city of Vienna.
As well as the Stars with the names of famouse composers in a trail across the city, there are many statues of famous composers who visited or lived in the cite. Schubert, Mozart, Brahams to name but a few. A fun way to spend an afternoon is to do a tour of them.