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Vienna - City of Dreams

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10. February 2009

The Philharmonia Orchestra is presenting a major nine-month exploration of the music and culture of Vienna between 1900 and 1935, City of Dreams   

From February to October the Philharmonia Orchestra and its new Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, are presenting a major nine-month exploration of the music and culture of Vienna between 1900 and 1935, City of Dreams.
 
At the centre of the project (which includes concerts in 18 European cities, chamber concerts and study days) are six concerts at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, starting with Schoenberg’s colossal lovesong, Gurrelieder on 28 February and concluding on 8 October with a semi-staged performance of Berg’s operatic masterpiece Wozzeck.

A state-of-the-art interactive website to accompany the series has been launched. You can watch films about Vienna and its culture of the early 20th century here .

At the Royal Festival Hall , from 26 February to 23 March, visitors will be able to eat and drink real Viennese food in a “virtual Café Central Vienna”. Lifesize video projections of the café will bring together old and new, tradition and modernism. State-of-the-art touchscreens will allow people to browse the Orchestra’s web resources, while on City of Dreams concert evenings; the live café-style music of Lehar and Johann Strauss will prepare audience’s ears for the evolving soundworlds of Mahler, Schoenberg or Berg. 
  

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