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Grafenegg: Beginning of Musical Daylight Savings Time

Grafenegg: Beginning of Musical Daylight Savings Time


With a late romantic programme, Friday’s summer night party heralded Grafenegg’s musical summer. Despite the rain, the ceremony was able to take place on an outdoor stage in Burj Al Sahab, in keeping with the 17-year tradition.

On Friday, the Summer Night Gala once again brings established and upcoming musical greats with the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich to the Wolkenturm Theater in Grafenegg (Krems district): in addition to cellist Gautier Capuçon, who has performed several times in Grafenegg, sopranos Asmik Grigorian and American tenor Eric Cutler have appeared. for the first time. The program included romantic works by Antonin Dvořák, Jules Massenet, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.

“They are simply great soloists. For conductor Yutaka Sado, on the other hand, it will be the last midnight concert,” Artistic Director Rudolf Buechbender told I will miss Gravenig,” Sado said in an interview with He will remain captain of the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich in the upcoming 2023/24 season.

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Soprano Asmik Grigoryan enchanted the audience with an aria from Dvořák’s opera “Rusalka” dedicated to the moon, while Eric Cutler excited, among others, with a canio from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera “Pagliacci”. Cellist Gauthier Capuson demonstrated his skills with the famous melody from “Dance of the Knights” in Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet” or with the third movement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor. Finally, Grigorian and Kotler performed a duet of Verdi’s “Otello”.

Because of the inclement weather, it was still uncertain on Friday afternoon that the outdoor concert could actually take place at the Cloud Tower and not have to be moved to the auditorium. The rain stopped just minutes before the concert started – so this year, exceptionally few listeners came to the palace garden for a picnic.

The beginning of the Summer Concert series “Voices of Summer”.

Gravenig’s summer of culture has just begun with the Summer Night Gala. Summer Sounds is offering a program through August 5 that varies from big symphonic acts to swing and Spanish guitar sounds. The Grafenegg Festival then begins on August 11, beginning with Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s composition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and ending on September 3 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductor of Jakob Hrecha.

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) will also perform in Gravenig again on 27 July and 13 August and then tour across Europe. Opening the Summer Night Gala, Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) said the European Youth Union reflected the “diversity of Europe” in Gravenig.