Bob Dylan

He is regarded as one of the most important individual interpreters of the rock era, as an incarnation of a counterculture and is celebrated today as one of the most important songwriters of the century. The US news magazine "Newsweek" describes him as synonymous with pop music as "Einstein for physics". In December 2016, he was the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. On 31 March 2017, Bob Dylan's first triple studio album "Triplicate" was released. The longplayer contains thirty new recordings of songs from the American Songbook. The 38th Bob Dylan album was produced by Jack Frost and is the first new music since the album "Fallen Angels", which was released in early 2016 and reached number one in the Austrian charts, number five in the British charts and number seven in the US charts. 

 

Born on 24 May 1941 in the Midwest of the USA, Bob Dylan (real name: Robert Allen Zimmermann) has been active in many artistic fields for over five decades. In addition to music and songwriting, he draws and paints, co-wrote the script for "Masked & Anonymous" in 2003 and also played the leading role.

However, none of these numerous activities prevent him from untiringly continuing the "Never Ending Tour" - unofficially referred to as such - which started in 1988 with around 100 concerts per year.

Dylan, to whom directors Martin Scorsese paid tribute with the documentary "No Direction Home" and Todd Haynes with the feature film "I´m Not There", is a giant and an eternal enigma of rock and pop culture. An artist who refuses to rest on his legendary status and instead reinvents himself on stage evening after evening with his congenial accompanying band.

 

He inspires with new readings of songs that have moved and touched generations and again and again different pieces from a life's work, which looks in vain for his peers.

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April 2019

Wiener Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus is one of the largest and most artistically progressive institutions in international musical life. During the course of a season, which extends from September to June, some 750 wide-ranging events take place and more than 600,000 visitors can listen to around 2,500 different compositions. With this comprehensive and varied selection, the Wiener Konzerthaus – together with the Vienna State Opera House and the Musikverein – is central to Vienna’s reputation as one of the world’s leading music capitals.

From its earliest days, the Wiener Konzerthaus has held the highest cultural aims and artistic mission: «To act as a venue for the cultivation of fine music, as a meeting point for artistic endeavour, as a home for music and a cultural centre for Vienna». It was in this spirit that the Konzerthaus was inaugurated on 19 October 1913 with a festive concert attended by Emperor Francis Joseph I. To mark the occasion, Richard Strauss wrote the «Festliches Präludium op. 61», which was followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This programme combination, comprising a contemporary work and a masterpiece from the past, served as a model for the Wiener Konzerthaus’s future direction: today, too, an awareness of tradition and the joys of innovation form the main pillars of the Konzerthaus’s artistic identity.

 

Access to the Wiener Konzerthaus

Public transport:
Short walk from the U4 Stadtpark Station: 10 min walk from the U4/U1 Karlsplatz Station, or take the 4A bus.

From the tram and bus stops at Schwarzenbergplatz, accessed by D, 2 & 71 trams and 3A & 4A buses. The 4a bus stop is at Hotel Am Konzerthaus.

Taxi:
The nearest taxi stands are at the Hotel Intercontinental in the Johannesgasse and at Hotel Am Konzerthaus on the Heumarkt.

 

Great Hall

In the heart of the building (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’s flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). Designed with a sense of space and classical balance, its stage has provided the setting for many memorable concerts over the years. In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad.


Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity. The Great Hall has emerged from the major renovation with renewed splendour and, despite improvements in technical installation and audience comfort has continued to conserve its original elegance. Its unique atmosphere ideally lends itself to the broad range of artistic activities offered by the Vienna Konzerthaus.

 

 

Mozart Hall

Open and relaxing, welcoming and intimate, with its incomparable appeal, the Mozart Hall constitutes a jewel of international musical life. The perfect setting for all types of chamber music, from lute and Lieder recitals to string quartets and chamber orchestras, it can accommodate an audience of around 700 – an ideal size in which to experience the intimacy of chamber music and recital performances.

The Mozart Hall enjoys world-wide acclaim on account of its unique acoustics. This distinction makes it a top favourite with leading ensembles and soloists – as well as a popular venue for recordings. This was taken into account during the major renovation of the building: as with all other rooms in the Konzerthaus, the Mozart Hall is directly linked to a recording studio and a technical control room.



 

Schubert Hall

With its festive character, the Schubert-Saal presents the perfect model of a music salon, the restored use of the windows follwing the renovation having returned the room to its elegant, airy appearance.

Equipped with around 320 seats, it lends itself to a wide range of chamber-music concerts, as well as to receptions, dinners and lectures. It is home to the popular lunchtime concert series, as well as to events which enable promising young musicians to experience a professional concert stage. Many a musical career has been launched in the Schubert Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
 

Seating capacity: 320
Auditorium: 240 m²
Podium: 50 m²

 


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