Keeping the tradition alive and juxtaposing the new with the tried and tested – this was the idea of director Egon Seefehlner, who founded the International Music Festival of the Wiener Konzerthaus Society in 1947. In line with this mission, the festival will once again feature exquisite world stars this year. This year's music festival at the Konzerthaus will be opened on May 11 by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8. Between then and the final concert with superstar Diana Krall on July 1, a wide range of guest performances by international orchestras and musical performances by leading soloists will be presented.
In addition to the diverse forms of performance such as musical theater and video opera, the range of genres represented in the festival is once again extensive. It includes a performance by the Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and piano recitals with Hélène Grimaud, a song recital with Diana Damrau, and major choral works such as Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Daniel Harding.
Chamber music can also be experienced in all its diversity: the Philharmonix can be heard, as can the Artemis Quartet. The overall program
is rounded off by a whole series of jazz and world concerts as well as literature and film events in the best tradition of the Konzerthaus. Throughout the festival, sound installations by Hilario Isola and Enrico Ascoli will make the festival a unique experience on the main staircase in the Grand Foyer.
39th International Musical Festival 2019
May 11 - July 1, 2019