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Festival Opening Party 2014 • Setting the Stage for Music, Theatre, Literature and Dance!

14 JUL 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:50 h;
published in: General

“With numerous free events, the Festival wants to set the stage for the citizens of Salzburg and their guests, inviting them to an eventful summer. From the Festival Opening Party to the Siemens Festival Nights to the brass concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, there are hundreds of opportunities to enjoy the Festival atmosphere for free,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

Friday, July 18, 2014 | from 4:50 pm onwards

Once again, our guests may look forward to a plethora of traditional events on the first day. At 4:50 pm, the command “Open fire!” resounds from the heights of the Hohensalzburg Castle, followed by the salute of the Traditional Rifle Corps, sure to be heard far and wide. Among the highlights of the first day are the Autograph Session with our Festival artists (5 pm, Faistauer Foyer) and the organ concert by students of the International Mozarteum Summer Academy at the Main Hall of the Mozarteum (7:30 pm). The Salzburg Street Theatre group performs its piece Wie man Hasen jagt on Friday (7 pm, Waagplatz). Appearances by the Stadtmusik Salzburg, the historical Bindertanz dance group, the Salzburger Turmblasen and Salzburger Bürgergarde lead up to the popular Salzburg Torch Dance – a varied programme, offering something for everyone.

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | from 10 am onwards

Festival Artists and Connections
The Ensemble 013, the stage orchestra for Jedermann, an idiosyncratic collection of instruments from brass to harp and banjo, already enchanted its audience at the Festival Opening Party last year. This year it will present its newly recorded CD Jedermann, featuring all the music used in the production (2 pm, courtyard at Wolf Dietrichsruh).
The actor Philipp Hochmair – one of the guests of last year’s Young Directors Project – has teamed up with the musical duo Die Elektrohand Gottes and will present his revised reinterpretation of the piece Jedermann – Reloaded, eine ekstatische Reise ins Jenseits (10:30 pm, republic).
Mozart’s Don Giovanni – which sees a new production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf this Festival summer – is the main focus of two programmes by one of Germany’s leading guitarists, Heike Matthiesen. Sevilla takes our guests on a musical journey to Don Giovanni’s hometown, also one of the centres of guitar history. “Mozart in a guitarist’s guise” is the focus of the second part of the Don Giovanni programme (4 and 6 pm, Kuenburgsaal, Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 16).
The performances by the rising young talents of the Young Singers Project met with such enthusiasm last year that it is only consequent to continue this success story at this year’s Festival Opening Party: here, they present some of the most beautiful opera and operetta melodies (5:30 and 7:30 pm, Main Auditorium of the University). On the Festival programme, they perform La Cenerentola for Children and Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Children; the young singers are also heard in Der Rosenkavalier, Fierrabras, Il trovatore and in Mozart’s Spatzenmesse.
Franz Schubert occupies a prominent place in this year’s Festival programme, with the opera Fierrabras, the “Great Schubertiade” featuring Oliver Widmer & Friends and a song recital by Anja Harteros. Reason enough to present his Winterreise to the Salzburg audience in a completely different guise: Lia Pale and mastermind mathias rüegg reinterpret this song cycle in Gone too far, turning it into a totally new and modern version which is jazzy and optimistic (5:30 pm, republic).
The performance of the Salzburg State Wind Band has become a tradition at the Party. Conductor Alex Schillings has assembled a fascinating programme focusing on the anniversary of Richard Strauss – flanked by works by Respighi, Brossé, Smetana and Dvořák (4 pm, Mozarteum).
The “total work of art Faltenradio”, an invention of the Vienna Philharmonic’s principal clarinettist Matthias Schorn, has to be experienced live – our Party guests have that opportunity when he performs his programme Zoo, a balancing act between irony and musicianship, between classical music and clownery (8 pm, Mozarteum).
Students of the Vienna Philharmonic’s Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy, who provide the stage music in the Festival productions of Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier, Il trovatore and Fierrabras, also showcase their collective chamber music talents (8:30 pm, Kuenburgsaal, Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 16).
Salzburg’s churches also join the Party, heralding the Ouverture spirituelle: at St Peter’s, organ improvisations and Mozart’s Coronation Mass will be performed by the resident ensemble, Stiftsmusik St. Peter (2 and 4 pm, St Peter’s Abbey). At the Kollegienkirche, Musica antiqua performs Music of the Salzburg Court Orchestra (11 am).
The focus of this year’s Ouverture spirituelle is on Islam, and thus the event DERWISCH erzählt promises an imaginative journey through the Orient (3 pm, republic).

Of course, there are numerous offers tailored to a younger audience, and many theatrical and literary events as well – additional programme highlights, for example a performance by Avi Avital, are scheduled indoors and in the open air and are well worth sampling! Read more in the Programme Brochure (only available in German) – and enjoy picking out your personal favourites!

Distribution of Free Tickets
There has been a change in the beginning of ticket distribution: in order to give the working population an equal chance to receive the tickets of their choice, tickets will be given out starting on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 9:30 am. The SHOP • KARTEN/TICKETS of the Salzburg Festival at Hofstallgasse 1 is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Only two tickets will be given out per person for each event; free tickets are only required for the performances specifically marked in the folder. 

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