From February 23 to March 24, the international Accordion Festival will bring some of the world's best players of this versatile instrument to Vienna. From melancholy Wienerlied chansons, to Klezmer, Musette and Zydeco - this month-long festival will feature just about every genre imaginable. This year's Accordion Festival will be opened by Otto Lechner and his Ziehharmonisches Orchester. The special Northern Lights feature will look at the Scandinavian music scene and the work of artists including Guro von Germeten, Lars Karlsson and Øivind Farmen. Running for six weeks from March 20 to April 30, the 2013 Vienna Blues Spring must be in line for a record of some kind. This celebration of all things blues will serve up a little bit of everything from classic Delta blues to rock blues and soul blues to boogie and contemporary takes on the genre. Around 35 concerts involving 400 musicians from 12 different countries are on the festival line-up, including a Chicago Blues Night starring Elmore James Jr.
The musical delights on offer at Vienna's long established Easter festival, Osterklang, from March 23-31, 2013 range from Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor to works by Georg Friedrich Handel, Benjamin Britten and Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio. The
Young Ensemble from the Theater an der Wien perform alongside acclaimed singers like Michael Schade Juliane Banse and Lawrence Zazzo. Top conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Fabio Luisi and Paul Goodwin, and the Wiener Symphoniker, the Concentus Musicus and the Vienna Academy will also take to the stage. On April 4, 2013 counter tenor Bejun Mehta, conductor René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin will get the Vienna Spring Festival under way at the Musikverein. Program highlights include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Johann Christian Bach. Among the countless musical attractions on the festival billing before the finale on May 16 is a performance by the London Philharmonic with Anne-Sophie Mutter, a concert by the Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel, seven world premieres and a special Wagner focus.
The Summer Night's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace is the world's best-known orchestra's annual gift to its home town and closes the spring festival season. On May 30, 2013 Lorin Maazel will be taking up the baton on the stage in front of the Neptune fountain for this free outdoor musical extravaganza. The concert starts at nightfall. The Vienna Philharmonic performed its first Summer Night's Concert in 2004. Last year's event was attended by around 100,000 people and attracted huge television audiences all around the world.
- International Accordion Festival, Feb 23-Mar 24, 2013, www.akkordeonfestival.at
- Vienna Blues Spring, Mar 20-Apr 30, 2013, www.viennabluesspring.org
- OsterKlang, Mar 23-31, 2013, www.osterklang.at
- Vienna Spring Festival, Apr 4-May 16, 2013, Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.musikverein.at
- Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night's Concert, May 30, 2012, 21.00, Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna, www.sommernachtskonzert.at