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Vienna – The year before it had to be canceled due to the pandemic, and this year the traditional Gravenig’s “Summer Night Party” is being presented again in all its glory. The Lower Austrian Concert Show on the majestic Wolkenturm, which sparkles far from state lines, will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2021. The open-air show has been in the summer festival season in Grafenig since 2007 and is a cultural pioneer in the region thanks to ORF TV images that are sprouting around the world. This year, ORF will be there again, when top-notch artists cast a spell on the audience against the perfect backdrop of the castle’s expansive promenade. After South African singer Golda Schultz had to cancel due to health reasons, artistic director Rudolf Buchbender invited American Rachel Willis Sorensen to attend the concert. In addition, German tenor Benjamin Bronze will participate in the early summer concert for the first time, and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will once again give the concert the honor of being a soloist for the anniversary. After the concert was canceled last year, which ORF soon replaced with Gravenig’s musical journey with Rudolf Buchbinder and members of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the concert can now be held with just over half the audience. The best footless first-row seats, for all those who can’t be in Gravenig, guaranteed ORF’s time-varying live broadcast on Friday, June 11, at 9:20 p.m. on ORF 2, which also marks the start of ORF’s signature luxury cultural summer ( Details at presse.ORF.at). Television production is also present at ORF TVthek (https://TVthek.ORF.at) throughout Austria as a live broadcast and after the seven-day broadcast as video on demand and can be watched again on Saturday, August 7, at 9:55 pm on Sat 3. On Sunday 13 June, Radio Niederösterreich will broadcast a recording at 8:04 pm.
Willis Sorensen, Bronze and Bushbinder with songs from opera, opera and musicals
This year’s Summer Night Concert program features many successful operas, operettas and musicals, from Engelbert Humperdinck’s show “Hansel and Gretel” to Leonora’s hit from Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”, sung by Rachel Willis Sorensen, to Franz Lehar. Duet “Silent Lips”, which Benjamin Bronze will sing with the sopranos. Star pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will compose music with them on the spectacular outdoor stage. For environmental reasons, fireworks that ended the festive evening in the past will not be used this year. Instead, Marcus Neuster, a visual artist, will be invited for the first time, who will play the Cloud Tower in light-score themed graphics throughout the ceremony. As always, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich will play the lion’s share of the evening under their lead conductor Yutaka Sado, which will end with an excerpt from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “Firebird”. The direction of ORF’s image for broadcast television is in the tried and tested hands of Heidelinde Haschek, and for the first time, ORF cultural journalist Teresa Vogl will be the presenter on an atmospheric evening under the stars.