The Austrian capital will mark a number of musical milestones in 2017. In addition to 150 years of the Blue Danube waltz, 175 years of the Vienna Philharmonic and the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Vienna Boys' Choir’s MuTh concert hall, upcoming musical milestones include 200 years of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, the 220th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert and what would have been Falco’s 60th birthday (†1998). There are also various imperial jubilees in 2017, including the 300th anniversary of Empress Maria Theresa’s birth and the 180th anniversary of Empress Elisabeth’s birth. The city will also mark 120 years of the Giant Ferris Wheel and 265 years of Schönbrunn Zoo.
At first glance Vienna seems to be all about classical music, a genre that up to 10,000 music fans can enjoy live every night. The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, founded 175 years ago, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir (est. 1498) are among the capital’s leading international exports. The Vienna State Opera, Musikverein and Konzerthaus are at the top of many tourists’ itineraries. Music fans will also find a whole host of interesting places such as the House of Music, Mozarthaus Vienna and the capital’s other concert halls. The beat of the waltz is always in the air in Vienna. Couples have been dancing to the sounds of Johann Strauss’s world famous Blue Danube Waltz for 150 years now, and the golden statue of the ‘Waltz King’ in Stadtpark is one of the most photographed sights in the whole of the city.
Music fans will have little trouble finding the ideal location to indulge their passion. Each year the Austrian capital stages more than 15,000 concerts of all sizes and genres. But there’s more to music in Vienna than concert halls – it can be enjoyed in concert cafés, balls, at Heuriger wine taverns, at the turn of the year on the New Year's Eve Trail or at the Vienna City Marathon where classical melodies fill the air along the way. But Vienna also has a different sound to it, particularly at night in the bars and clubs on the Gürtel or down on the Danube Canal, with Flex, Fluc, rhiz and Grelle Forelle as well as the nearby Pratersauna leading the way. The idea that the city’s musical experience extends to all genres and eras is demonstrated first and foremost at its numerous music festivals: there’s Wien Modern, Resonances, Voice Mania Rock in Vienna, the Danube Island Festival, Popfest and Waves Vienna.