Bicentenary Celebrations of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde at the Vienna Musikverein:
Vienna Musikverein is the home of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of Music Lovers in Vienna), a society founded in 1812. The year 2012 marks the for 200th anniversary of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and some of the biggest names in the world of classical music will be performing at its Bicentenary.
In 2012, concerts at the Musikverein will be given over to the Bicentenary celebrations. In fact, the festivities will get underway even earlier – as soon as the 2011 concert season begins in Fall. (See what’s on at the Musikverein here.)
Concerts at the Musikverein
The Bicentenary celebrations will bring a large number of artists and performances to the Musikverein. In all there will be 401 concerts in 61 cycles to enjoy. Some of the star billings include:
- Claudio Abbado, who will grace the Musikverein with his presence once again with regular appearances as a conductor from the coming season onwards.
- Daniel Barenboim is another of the key artists, bringing one of his own cycles to the billing.
- Angelika Kirchschlager will also contribute her personal Musikverein cycle.
Bicentenary Official Opening
On September 5 and 6, 2011 Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will officially open the season, followed by the Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann on September 7, 2011.
During the 2012 anniversary year the Musikverein will give precedence to music dedicated for the Society of Music Lovers in Vienna, and various pieces currently under commission. The new organ which was christened in spring 2011 is certain to feature in the concerts.
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