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Music and Theatre for Everybody at the Festival Opening Party

19 JUL 2013

published in: General

Friday, July 19, 2013
A wealth of folkloric and traditional events awaits you on the first day of the Festival Opening Party, Friday, July 19. At Hohensalzburg Castle, the command “Open Fire!” will be heard at 4:50 pm, when the Traditional Rifle Corps offers a welcoming salute to be heard far and near. After a concert by the Salzburg State Wind Band and programme features including Stadtmusik Salzburg, the Salzburger Bürgergarde and the Hinterschroffenauer Alphornbläser, the autograph session with Festival artists is one of the highlights of the first day. The popular Salzburg Torch Dance crowns the proceedings on Friday evening.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Once again, the Opening Party Saturday will feature many Festival artists and projects.

We are looking forward enormously to this year’s Jedermann production. The ensemble 013, the Jedermann stage orchestra, offers musical samples from the production as well as its own compositions, featuring its intriguing combination of instruments ranging from brass instruments to harp and banjo. Three other Jedermann performers will also appear at the Party: Fritz Egger performs Liebeleien, adapted from Arthur Schnitzler, at the republic. Katharina Stemberger reads from the Brothers’ Grimm collection of fairytales; Stefan Sterzinger accompanies her on the accordion. Johannes Silberschneider recites ballads by Schiller, such as Die Kraniche des Ibykus and Der Handschuh, at the Stefan Zweig Centre at the Edmundsburg.

The rising talents of the Young Singers Project invite you to a musical journey of discovery this year. They devote their performance to opera and operetta repertoire, guaranteeing an entertaining and diverse evening at the University’s Main Auditorium.

The programmes presented by the Japanese Ensemble Yūsei, the Salzburg-based association West-östlicher Diwan (WöD) with the stadler quartet and Gareth Lubbe, and by master students of the International Mozarteum Summer Academy, point to the Ouverture spirituelle.

oenm, the austrian ensemble for new music, dedicates its performance at the Festival to one of the central composers of this Festival summer, Harrison Birtwistle, and offers a taste of his oeuvre at the Festival Opening Party: members of oenm play Crowd for harp and Duets for Storab for two flutes, as well as works by other composers. Students of the Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic, who will be performing the stage music in the Festival productions of Don Carlo, Così fan tutte, Falstaff, Rienzi and Die Meistersinger, show off their talent for chamber music.

Young friends of culture will have no shortage of events to choose from. Apart from interactive Festival Guided Tours of the City and the performance Puck und die Zauberblume, adapted from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, children can participate in numerous workshops at the Toy Museum and at the Museum der Moderne. The joint concert by superar and the Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Chorus is also worth a visit!

Further highlights include a reading by the actor Martin Waltz, the popular Street Theatre which performs Johann Nepomuk Nestroy’s Liebesgeschichten und Heiratssachen this year, and of course the two open-air stages on Papageno Square and Mozart Square. On Papageno Square, bands from Salzburg offer a fresh breeze: Bock auf Heidi, the jazz band The Markus Minarik Trio, M’s Grace as well as Strings on Fire. On Mozart Square, one of the performing groups will be ALMA, musicians for whom folk music is essential: a fortuitous meeting of tradition and innovation.

You will find all this and more in the programme folder, which can be downloaded here.

Events marked with a ticket symbol require free admission passes. These will be available from July 1 at 9:30 am at the SHOP • KARTEN/TICKETS at Hofstallgasse 1 (only 2 passes per person per performance).