China meets Austria

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August 2020

Program and cast


Vienna International School (Choir and Orchestra)
Susan Korhonen-Ali ,Conductor
Warwick Stengaards, Conductor
Karolina Sepp, conductor
Michael Burrows, Conductor
Music schools Wachau and Rankweil (wind orchestra)
Andreas Raidl, conductor
ShangHai United International School ShangYin Campus (Wind Orchestra)
Gao Jie, conductor
Xiaoqing Li, conductor
American International School Concert Band
Susan Seekirchner, conductor
Beijing Huijia Private School Instrument Music Performance Team
Pan Wu, conductor and piano
Shasha Han, conductor
Zong Hang, piano
Xinyi Li, piano
JSBM-Folk, Orchestra
Laura Bradley, conductor
Gabriele Stupka, conductor
PKUS Chaoyang Future School Art Troupe
Zhangran Fu, conductor
Spring of South Lake Children's Choir of Xi'an Qujiang South Lake Primary School
Zihan Zhou, conductor
Simiao Yu, piano
The Nightingales Choir of Beijing haidian Foreign Language Experimental School
Lin Zhang, conductor
Lei Qijun, piano
Vienna International School String Orchestra
Ben Detrick, conductor



China meets Austria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Hallelujah; arranged by Warwick Stengaards

Georg Philipp Telemann

Viola concert - Andante and Largo; arranged by

Warwick Stengaards

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hymn to joy; arranged by Michel

Warwick Stengaards


Richard Wagner

Pilgrims' Choir from "Tannhäuser"

Leonard Amber

West Side Story - Excerpts

Daniel Muck



This building is located on Dumbastraße/Bösendorferstraße behind the Hotel Imperial near the Ringstraße boulevard and the Wien River, between Bösendorferstraße and Karlsplatz. However, since Bösendorferstraße is a relatively small street, the building is better known as being between Karlsplatz and Kärntner Ring (part of Ringstraße loop). It was erected as the new concert hall run by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, on a piece of land provided by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1863. The plans were designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen in the Neoclassical style of an ancient Greek temple, including a concert hall as well as a smaller chamber music hall. The building was inaugurated on 6 January, 1870. A major donor was Nikolaus Dumba whose name the Austrian government gave to one of the streets surrounding the Musikverein.

Great Hall - Golden Hall

“As high as any expectations could be, they would still be exceeded by the first impression of the hall which displays an architectural beauty and a stylish splendour making it the only one of its kind.” This was the reaction of the press to the opening of the new Musikverein building and the first concert in the Großer Musikvereinssaal on 6 January 1870.

The impression must have been overwhelming – so overwhelming that Vienna’s leading critic, Eduard Hanslick, irritatingly brought up the question of whether this Großer Musikvereinssaal “was not too sparkling and magnificent for a concert hall”. “From all sides spring gold and colours.”






Brahms Hall

"In order not to promise too much it can be said that it has been made into the most beautiful, most magnificent, perfect example of a chamber concert hall that any of us knows in the world.” This was the reaction of a Vienna daily newspaper in October 1993 as the Brahms-Saal was presented to the public after extensive renovation work.

The surprise was perfect. It was a completely new hall. In contrast to the Grosse Musikvereinssaal, the Brahms-Saal had changed its appearance quite considerably over the years. When and how it acquired that slightly melancholy duskiness that was known to music lovers before 1993 cannot be precisely documented.




Glass Hall

As a venue for events from concerts to luxury banquets, the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium is not only the largest of the Musikverein's 4 new halls but also the most flexible in terms of usage.

Hub podiums enable the smooth transformation of the concert hall into a conference centre, the cinema into a ballroom, or the stage into a catwalk. State-of-the-art equipment for sound, lighting, video and widescreen digital projection provide the ideal conditions for half-scenic productions.
The Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium was designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer. With a height of 8 metres, the hall (including the gallery) can play host to up to 380 visitors.

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