Matthias Naske © www.lukasbeck.com
Dear friends and music lovers!
Welcome to the new season where the joy and happiness emanating from the 500 or so concerts listed here is almost palpable. As always, we have set the bar high when it comes to the artistic standards and liveliness of the music-making when drawing up this new season. Of course, gauging musical excellence is always a personal and very individual process, but the Wiener Konzerthaus can only contribute successfully to Vienna's musical life and showcase its qualities if it has the backing and support of as many people as possible. In this sense, I am very happy to say that the Wiener Konzerthaus remains as vital as ever in its 105th season and is increasingly relevant to a growing number of people of a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.
That is our driving force and motivation in serving musical life in Vienna – ot only for the many top-class musicians who appreciate the acoustic qualities of the different halls and above all the Wiener Konzerthaus’s audiences, but also for our employees who contribute to the house with great joy and dedication.
The programme of the 2017/18 season seeks to harvest these riches to the full and, with unexpected flights of the imagination, reflects the inexhaustible richness of musical life today, as well as the heterogeneity of our culture. Indeed, the differences in aesthetic, intellectual and conceptual approaches, as well as the respect and appreciation of diversity can form the foundation stone of our culture, if that diversity is characterised by musical and artistic excellence. The portrait series featuring very different musical personalities and ensembles, such as singer and conductor Barbara Hannigan, opera and Lied singer Michael Schade, viola virtuoso Antoine Tamestit, pianist Daniil Trifonov, the unique Die Strottern and the Cuarteto Casals point in all different directions. But they also form a coherent whole because all of these musicians, just as everyone listed here are outstanding musical personalities. With their combined experience, skill, talent and stage presence, they all enter into a dialogue with the audience.
I would like to particularly draw your attention to a new subscription series highlighting the very special relationship between Teodor Currentzis, that wonderful and inspiring musician, and the Wiener Konzerthaus. In addition to the established and popular subscription series Musica Juventutis and Rising Stars – which is a series jointly curated by a range of leading European concert halls – we will also lift the curtain on a new format entitled Great Talent featuring fascination musical talents from Austria.
Together with all of my colleagues, I wish you lots of exciting and happy encounters in your Wiener Konzerthaus!