Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2011 From THIRTEEN’s
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Airs Friday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m. on WTVP 47.1
The works of Liszt, Paganini, Mussorgsky, and Strauss are featured on the traditional concert from
Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace Gardens
Distinguished conductor Valery Gergiev leads the third annual
Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night
concert to be telecast on Great Performances,
Friday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m. on WTVP 47.1. This year’s theme revolves around “Virtuoso Pictures,” as exemplified by the works
of Franz Lizst, Niccolo Paganini, Modest Mussorgsky, and Johann Strauss.
Great Performances is a presentation of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected
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The concert in the Schönbrunn Palace’s magnificent baroque gardens is free to thousands of attendees in Vienna,
and serves the Orchestra’s objective of making classical music accessible to a broad spectrum of concertgoers beyond its usual,
The musical program is as follows:
(adaption: Fritz Kreisler)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, 1st Movement
Pictures at an Exhibition
Johann Strauss II
Wiener Blut, Walzer, op. 354 (encore)
On the Banks of the Danube
This is Gergiev’s second time leading the popular summer concert, and he’s part of a distinguished lineup
that has included Bobby McFerrin, Zubin Mehta, Plácido Domingo, Georges Prêtres, Daniel Barenboim and Franz Welser-Möst.
Maestro Gergiev was born in Moscow and grew up in the Caucasus. He has been the artistic and general director
of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg for many years, and has long enjoyed a warm relationship with the Vienna
Liszt’s Les Preludes is one of the 19th century composer and virtuoso pianist’s most famous orchestral
works which he likened to the “series of preludes to that unknown hymn” (i.e. Death). Virtuoso violinist Paganini’s skill is
mirrored in his Violin Concerto No. 1, the first movement of which is played by Austrian Benjamin Schmid on a 1731
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition further embodies the evening’s “virtuoso pictures” theme. The 1874
work was composed in remembrance of an artist friend, and offers a musical tour through a gallery. The “pictures” are brought
to life by the Vienna State Opera Ballet, choreographed by soloist dancer Gregor Hatala who also choreographs the dance accompanying
audience favorite Wiener Blut.
Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided by The Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund,
the Irene Diamond Fund, the Starr Foundation, Vivian Milstein, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Joseph A. Wilson, Vera von
Kuffner Eberstadt, public television viewers, and PBS. Exclusive corporate support for the concert is provided by Rolex.
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