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For the Austrian pop trio Folkshilfe, the last few years have been a rush of success. Successful albums, radio airplay between format and regional stations, completely sold-out concerts between Munich and the Vienna Arena and an Amadeus award out of a total of four nominations. With their original and still uncopied dialect squeeze synth pop with a focus on attitude in entertainment, the Upper Austrians have created a niche for themselves that has long since become an indispensable constant in German-speaking countries. After years of recovery and professional hustle, the inevitable pandemic not only brought a much-needed break, but also time and leisure for reflection.

In 2024, folkshilfe will go on tour with an unplugged set including guest musicians and show their very personal side in a seated setting. For the first time, the band is playing a concert set with an intermission in concert halls.

"'Vire' is definitely the most personal album we've made so far," says frontman Florian Ritt, "the songs are very much about the experiences the three of us have had in the last two years and how we “Over the last decade, Folkshilfe have created their own niche in which they can move completely freely and experiment without fear of contact. In addition to headlining concerts on large open-air venues, they played festival slots among hip hip-hop or dreamy indie bands. The broad acceptance from a wide range of audiences results not least from the openly displayed authenticity of the musicians and their songs. Folkshilfe share their concerns, needs and fears, give their listeners space for interpretation and are not afraid to declare themselves socio-politically when humanity demands it.

Pop mixes with ballad-like beauty, reggae quotes are lined up with rock elements. Folkshilfe recorded their ten new songs with different producers in different studios. They locked themselves away every day for a month to work meticulously on the light-hearted and summery songs. "If you divide life into times of day, then for me it's just midday," says Ritt. "A lot has happened to us and we can look back on a lot, but we also still have a lot ahead of us." "Vire" ventures into it Shares a romantic, nostalgic look back, but also promotes life in the now and the joy of what is to come.

Program and cast

Wiener Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus ( Vienna Concert House or Hall) 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.

Restaurants next to:

Gmoakeller

Hotels in immediate vicinity:

Hotel am Konzerthaus and Intercontinental

 

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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