A festival for music lovers
The Musikverein-based Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde or Society of Music Lovers in Vienna was founded in 1812. Events at the Musikverein in 2012 will be given over to the 200th anniversary celebrations. In fact, the festivities will get underway even earlier as soon as the 2011 concert season begins in fall. The celebrations will bring a large number of artists and performances to the venue. In all there will be 401 concerts in 61 cycles to enjoy. Claudio Abbado will grace the Musikverein with his presence once again with regular appearances as a conductor from the coming season onwards. Daniel Barenboim will be another of the key artists, bringing one of his own cycles to the billing. Angelika Kirchschlager will also contribute her personal Musikverein cycle.
On September 5 and 6, 2011 Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will officially open the season, followed by the Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann on September 7, 2011. During the 2012 anniversary year the Musikverein will give precedence to music dedicated for the Society of Music Lovers in Vienna, and various pieces currently under commission. The new organ which was christened in spring 2011 is certain to feature in the concerts.
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