Every year, as the days grow longer, Austria gets ready for one of the classical calendar’s highlights: the Vienna Philharmonic’s Summer Night Concert. This event, inaugurated in 2004, brings the prestigious ensemble together with some of the world’s most illustrious soloists—in front of an audience that regularly numbers more than 100,000—in the gardens of Vienna’s world-famous Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The 2015 Summer Night Concert brings renowned maestro Zubin Mehta and highly accomplished Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder together with the Vienna Philharmonic for a program celebrating Nordic composers. You'll hear lively works by Danes Carl Nielsen and Hans Christian Lumbye; Jean Sibelius's timeless, deeply moving Finlandia; and from Norway, Christian Sinding's lilting Rustle of Spring and well-chosen selections by Edvard Grieg: highlights from Peer Gynt, and the perennial favorite Piano Concerto in A Minor played impeccably by Buchbinder.
Photo © Richard Schuster
With Gustavo Dudamel
With Zubin Mehta