From Vienna, Austria
May 31, 2018
AN ITALIAN NIGHT
If I had planned a grand finale for my last night in the world capital of music, I could not have done it better. As it turns out, tonight – May 31, 2018 – there is going to be the annual summer night concert at the Schönbrunn imperial palace on the outskirts of old Vienna. And I had no idea about it until my daughter told me a few days ago.
The concert is FREE, a “gift of the Vienna Philharmonic to all music lovers” in Vienna. Some 140,000 people are expected to attend it. And not just in Vienna. The concert will be also shown around the world by 140 networks.
Since I will probably not have a chance to write about it after I get back from the concert, here’s a preview for you.
And also this one about tonight’s concert put out by the Vienna Philharmonic, based on the 2016 event.
Vienna Summer Night Concert starring the Vienna Philharmonic – now in 360°
You can also watch this video from the 2007 concert.
Here’s also a short video about what it takes to stage such a massive event:
SUMMARY: VIENNESE VS. AMERICAN CULTURE
And now you can see how strong musical culture still is in Vienna. Some 140,000 people, young and old, will line up to see this concert tonight. In the US, such crowds can usually be expected at major sporting events. Classical music is practically extinct.
See BEWARE OF BEASTS IN PRIESTS’ CLOTHING, Feb 2018
D’EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN CULTURE
America’s vulgar and militaristic “culture”
Oversexed, overweight and undernourished – spiritually and intellectually – masses led by beasts in priests’ clothing
Some 81 million Americans believe the Sun revolves around the Earth!
For more, read… https://wp.me/p1jFeo-2tb
The leading guest stars are both Russian – the conductor Valery Gergiev, a Putin pal, and the one and only Anna Netrebko, the modern day Maria Callas. Here’s the start of their “official” concert bios.
The reigning prima donna of the 21st century, Anna Netrebko has redefined what it means to be an opera star and has become the most acclaimed soprano in the world. From singing at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics to becoming the first classical artist named to TIME magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, she serves as opera’s leading global ambassador and is widely recognized as one of today’s most compelling, committed performing artists in any genre.
Valery Gergiev is a vivid representative of the St Petersburg conducting school. His debut at the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Theatre came in 1978 with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 1988 Valery Gergiev was appointed Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996 he became its Artistic and General Director. He ran it “like a Tsar.”
What the official bio doesn’t state explicitly is that Gergiev and Putin are pals from way back in Saint Petersburg (see https://goo.gl/5r2TGm). In the left photo, Putin is presenting his friend with the “Medal of Labor”. In the right one, he is praising his work as director of the Marinskiy theater in Peter.
And the program is almost all Italian, with a nod to Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.
THE PROGRAM OF THE JUNE 1, 2018 CONCERT
Guillaume Tell: Overture: Finale
La forza del destino: Overture
Adriana Lecouvreur: “Io son l’umile ancella”
Cavalleria rusticana: Symphonic Interlude
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Swan Lake: Neapolitan Dance
Romeo and Juliet – Suite No. 2 op. 64b, No. 1. Montagues and Capulets
Tosca: “Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore”
Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo
Pagliacci: “Stridono lassù”
UPDATE May 31, 2018 – 11:30 PM
SUMMER NIGHT SCHÖNBRUNN CONCERT
Miraculous arrival, easy exit
Well, I did it. I am just back from a wonderful experience of sharing the Italian Night with the Vienna Philharmonic and some 140,000 classical music fans at the Schönbrunn palace.
Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. The Schönbrunn is surrounded by 320 acres of beautifully manicured parks, fountains and paths.
ENTRANCE: 2.5 MILE WALK
Keep that enormous size of the property in mind when I tell you that I walked 2.5 miles just to get to the entrance gate. And another 1.5 miles to the actual concert site. And a little over a mile on the way out back to a metro station.
Why all this walking? Some 140,000 people attended tonight’s concert. So they spread out the entry points far away from the main entrance which I had used on my previous visits to the palace. Anyway, it was a good exercise.
BEFORE THE START
Here are some shots I took of the crowd scenes before the start of the concert.
As you can see, I found myself a comfy seat on that pink blanket my daughter gave me.
CONCERT VIDEOS, SCENES
Here’s a video clip from the start of the concert.
SUMMER NIGHT SCHÖNBRUNN CONCERT – Rossini’s Guillaume Tell: Overture: Finale – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – May 31, 2018
Americans may recognize this as the “Lone Ranger” theme music.
And now, here’s also a video clip from Verdi’s AIDA, including the magnificent Triumphal March.
SUMMER NIGHT SCHÖNBRUNN CONCERT – Verdi’s AIDA Triumphal March and Ballet – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – May 31, 2018
And now, some still shots taken during the various performances, with many flood light changes coloring the stage and the palace backdrop.
GETAWAY, MY ARRIVAL STORY: HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET
I left early, over an hour into the concert, to beat the crowds on the way out. It worked like a charm.
Now, my arrival also worked like a charm, but no thanks to me. Basically, I got on a “wrong” bus that took me to the opposite end station on the U4 line (Hütteldorf vs. Spittelau). Yet I arrived at Schönbrunn about 15 minutes BEFORE I would have had I taken the “right” bus.
How is that possible?
Well, sometimes our spirit guides can work magic to teach us that the “right” or the “wrong” choices in human terms are merely products of our ego. And once we give up the egos, miracles can follow. Like this bus/metro story.
Back in Neustift am Walde, I jumped into the first bus that stopped at the station. It turns out to be a “wrong” bus. Instead of 35A, it was a 43B. I noticed my “error” right away and asked the driver what U4 station he was going to.
“Hütteldorf,” he replied
Now, I knew I had seen that name on the subway maps. So I thought it was the first station before Spittelau, my intended destination with the “right” bus.
“No problem,” I thought. “So I will just ride one extra station.”
You can imagine my surprise when suddenly, the train pulled into the Schönbrunn station. That’s the concert venue. And it took no time at all from Hütteldorf,” It would have taken at least twice as long from Spittelau. And the trains was not crowded at all because it was coming from a suburb instead of the city center.
SIGNS, SIGNS… EVERYWHERE – FOR THOSE WITH OPEN EYES AND HEARTS
I just smiled ear-to-ear when I realized what happened. It was my spirit guides teaching me another lesson of trusting them (i.e., God) instead of my ego.
“Thank you,” I said out loud, raising both of my arms to the sky. “So that’s why you also guided me this afternoon to that little church in Neustift am Walde where a profound verse was carved in stone above the door.”
In Glück und Gunst In luck and favor
Weils Menschenkunft Because human future
Bei Menschenleid With human suffering
Nur Gott bescheid Only God decides
Got it! God decides what is the “right” or the “wrong” bus for us to take in life.