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Inextricably Linked: Salzburg Festival and Vienna Philharmonic

9 AUG 2011

published in: Concert, General

Helga Rabl-Stadler, Clemens Hellsberg, Gabi Burgstaller, Photo: Susi Berger/Franz Neumayr
“The Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Festival are inextricably linked, and shall remain so. The world-famous orchestra is the artistic center, even the quality guarantee for the Salzburg Festival.” Landeshauptfrau Mag. Gabi Burgstaller emphasized this today, Tuesday, August 9, at the Fördererlounge of the Großes Festspielhaus, when she presented State decorations to the Executive Committee of the Vienna Philharmonic and to six members of the orchestra who have been performing at the Salzburg Festival for 25 years and more. Orchestra President Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg received the Ehrenzeichen des Landes, while Bernhard Biberauer, Prof. Gerhard Iberer, Prof. George Fritthum, Bruno Hartl, Johann Ströcker and Vice President Alexander Steinberger received the Großes Verdienstzeichen des Landes Salzburg.

Landeshauptfrau Burgstaller recalled that the relations between Salzburg and the Vienna Philharmonic, which appears in ten concerts and 25 opera productions at the Festival this season, go far back into history. After renowned Salzburg citizens had founded the International Mozarteum Foundation in 1870, the Vienna Philharmonic made its first guest appearance in Salzburg in 1877, which was the first-ever performance of the orchestra outside Vienna. The close and lasting connection between Salzburg and the orchestra goes back to the year 1921, when the first Mozart Concerts and Chamber Concerts took place as a framework for the Jedermann performances.

The Vienna Philharmonic, as the Landeshauptfrau also pointed out, has made it its mission to bring the ever-current message of music into the daily life and the consciousness of people everywhere. “These musicians offer not just the highest musical perfection, but in their performances, they embody the values that music is always trying to convey – humanity, reconciliation, peace and the common cultural values of all nations,” the Landeshauptfrau said.