The big birthday party is scheduled for October 19, 2013, but the Wiener Konzerthaus will start getting into the swing of the 100th anniversary celebrations this fall. During the coming season the illustrious concert hall will be presenting a program that relies on the customary mix of tradition and many-sided modernity, but nevertheless has some surprises in store. The Berlin Philharmonic will be making two guest appearances under the baton of Konzerthaus honorary member Sir Simon Rattle. Among the highlights of the orchestral concerts will be performances by soloists Patricia Petibon, Elīna Garanča, Hilary Hahn, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang and Daniel Barenboim. There will also be exquisite chamber music from leading ensembles such as the Artemis Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet and the Hagen Quartet, while recitals by Elisabeth Leonskaja, Grigory Sokolov, Mitsuko Uchida and Maurizio Pollini promise unforgettable piano music.
The anniversary has inspired the Konzerthaus to include six new cycles, addressing a wide range of themes, in the program. For example, the Percussive Planet series with Martin Grubinger will demonstrate the diversity of the repertoire for percussion, and Thomas Gansch will explore the frontiers of jazz. And the Triolino workshops will add offerings for the youngest age group (from three) to the successful children's concert program.
On October 21 and 22 the Wiener Konzerthaus will host the Hollywood in Vienna film music gala. Thrilling Moments is this year's theme, and the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra will be joined by star Hollywood conductor David Newman on a journey into the nerve-tingling world of suspense movies. The program features encounters with the Mafia (The Godfather, score by Nino Rota), The Untouchables (Ennio Morricone) and erotic obsessions (Basic Instinct, score by Jerry Goldsmith).
The Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award will be presented to Lalo Schifrin who is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2012. Schifrin's world famous Mission Impossible theme tune made movie history, and his collection of honors includes six Oscar nominations, four Grammy Awards and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The composer will be conducting a selection of his music.
The Wiener Konzerthaus is home to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Kammerorchester and the Klangforum Wien. Among the Konzerthaus's self-produced events are regular performances by the Vienna Philharmonic and other international orchestras, as well as soloists and chamber ensembles.