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A Party for Everybody on July 23 and 24, 2011

17 JUN 2011

published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

Stephan Balkenhol „Sphaera, 2007“ /© VBK, Vienna 2011
Before the first premiere opens the 2011 season, we present our Festival Opening Party. Despite stressful rehearsals, our artists will take time for you – the citizens of Salzburg and guests of our city. We also invite you to glimpse behind the curtains for the first time. Concerts, open rehearsals, a film premiere and many other features are offered without admission on various Festival stages and squares of the Old Town.

The Austrian first performance of John Cage’s legendary sound project Musicircus offers all Salzburgers a podium to contribute actively to the success of the party. The central concept behind this sensuous happening is Cage’s idea of the absolute equality of all tones and noises. What started in 1967 as an invitation to a few dozen musicians will turn the entire Old Town of Salzburg into a huge MUSICIRCUS for three quarters of an hour on July 24, 2011: come, play and listen with us – whatever you feel like! There may be no other place on earth that has such a dense population of musicians and music lovers as Salzburg during the Festival season. Imagine all those people coming together on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm and beginning to play: a string quartet next to a singer-songwriter, a guitar trio under the open window of a singer, a wind band marching past a choir, the bell on a goat mixing with the sound of the Brass Brothers; the church bells, the traditional marksmen on the city’s mountains: all these will flood Salzburg’s historic center, from Mozartplatz to Universitätsplatz, with acoustic anarchy! We all are the party! Please register for the Musicircus at + 43 (0) 664 – 546 55 28 or cornelia.anhaus@torren.at

You may download a folder with the detailed program of the Festival Opening Party here.

Free tickets for various events will be available starting on July 1, 2011 at the SHOP • TICKETS, Hofstallgasse 1.

For the rehearsals of Jedermann and Le nozze di Figaro, free tickets will be drawn by lottery. Further information will be available at www.salzburgerfestspiele.at starting on July 1.