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Vienna: City of Dreams

February 20–March 16, 2014

Vienna: City of Dreams was a three-week citywide festival in February and March 2014 that celebrated the cultural splendor of the great Austrian city. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra played an unprecedented seven concerts at the Hall—both on its own and as the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera—a testament to Carnegie Hall's stature as a destination for great artists. The festival featured symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music, lieder, and new music; in addition, Carnegie Hall partnered with leading New York City cultural institutions to present film series, art exhibitions, and panel discussions.

Led by conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, and Zubin Mehta, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera anchored the festival, performing masterpieces from the Austro-Germanic tradition that spanned Haydn to Johannes Maria Staud. The concert performances of Berg's Wozzeck and Strauss's Salome marked only the second time ever that the Viennese musicians have performed opera in concert at Carnegie Hall.

Other festival highlights included violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace playing the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout performing works by Mozart and C. P. E. Bach, and baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Christoph Eschenbach in Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin. A Discovery Day event focused on Schubert's final years. In a delightful turn during an encore in the festival's closing concert, Maestro Zubin Mehta handed his baton to soprano Diana Damrau, who joined him to conduct the orchestra in Johann Strauss Jr.'s Unter Donner und Blitz.

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Festival Partners

Advent Lutheran Church
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Brooklyn Central Library: Dweck Auditorium
Center for Architecture
Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership
Czech Center New York
Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
The Jewish Museum
The Juilliard School
Keyes Art Projects

(Le) Poisson Rouge
Leo Baeck Institute
The Morgan Library and Museum
The Museum of Modern Art
Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement
Neue Galerie New York
New York Art Resources Consortium
The New York Public Library
The Paley Center for Media
Viennese Opera Ball in New York 

Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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