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A Concert in Vienna

A concert at the world class concert house in Vienna

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2011-05-15..-04_617.jpg2011-05-15..-04_617.jpg2011-05-15..-20_101.jpgThis morning was the 2nd planned concert of our trip, to hear Bach and Mahler at the Vienna Music House, one of two world class music houses supported by Vienna.

I thought that we had box seats but as it turns out we didn’t, but the seats were great anyway. The seats were along the side of the auditorium and unlike the seats in the center, each row was elevated a little higher than the one in front. We sat about 20’ from the bass instruments.

The 1st 2 pieces were Bach with a smaller ensemble that stood up to play the first one. For the 2nd piece a few more players joined and they sat, For the Mahler the full orchestra played.

We did not know what to expect for a concert in Vienna except that we had heard that the Vienna people love their music. So here we were at a concert taking place at 11a.m. on a Sunday morning to hear the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra play.

We dressed up as best we could; Dale brought a blazer with dark blue pants that we bought from llBean and a really nice long sleeve shirt, his black shoes and socks. I brought a couple of pieces that can be used as a skirt or a dress with ties that can tie around the waist or as short sleeves. I also brought a black tank and a black knit top in the event it was cold. I also brought some comfy heels and bought some fun stockings in Salzburg that I never saw in Bakersfield.

The weather was cold, windy and rainy so I chose the red piece as a skirt with the 2 black tops layered, and my cashmere sweater under my raincoat. We were glad we’d brought the clothes we had as we only saw a couple of other people in jeans, all of the men had either suits or blazers and all of the women had dresses, skirts or nice pants with a coat.

The Music house was packed, we only saw a couple of empty seats and I remembered that I’d purchased the last 2 tickets available online on the day they became available.

The music was wonderful, the conductor was great to watch. The 1st violinist had a wonderful solo which we had never heard before. She seemed to be so young next to all the grey hairs but she was very strong in her playing.

So there were our concerts in Vienna.

Posted by Miss Chris 10:47 Archived in Austria Tagged vienna austria music concert mahler vienna_concert_house bach Comments (0)

More Tickets for Music in Europe

Buying tickets for Music events

Before we go to Prague we will go to Salzburg then Vienna, all this after visiting friends but that is another blog.

I found a dinner concert at the St. Peters Abby which looks good but touristy. It takes place in one of the oldest restaurants in Europe with music of Mozart. I still haven’t bought tickets just because I’m not sure it is what we want to do. The books say it is in the famous Baroque Hall but I can’t find any information about this hall and why it is famous.

There is also the same type, dinner/concert in Vienna and I’d thought that it would be fun to attend in the castle where Mozart actually played but now I’m afraid that it will just be too touristy.

We did pick up tickets for the Opera in Vienna. We decided that we’d try to get tickets and I went to a site in English but there were only 2 tickets, each nearly $200. We talked and talked but then I decided to search some more before purchasing. I then found 4 left for the date we could go; 2 in the highest price range and 2 in the 3rd. This entire site was in German so we had to guess at lots of words and did look some up on a translator site. At least I think that we got them as we couldn’t read everything. Once I picked the tickets up I went back and there were none but we think that we got them. We also bought tickets for a concert at the Concert-house and tickets to hear the Requiem at St. Charles Church.

As for hotels, they were going fast. I used the same technic I’d used for Prague; Frommer and tripadvisor.com for reviews then reviewing the maps for actual locations in relation to event locations. This took lots of time but I think that we have hotels in very central locations within walking distance to many events. But even as I was getting the rooms I picked up the last rooms at one hotel. I used hotels.com so after the trip we will have earned some free nights.

The tickets for Barber of Seville arrived so now the trip is becoming a reality.

Posted by Miss Chris 20:27 Archived in USA Tagged hotels salzburg vienna travel opera europe vienna_concert_house Comments (0)

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