The Mayors of Austria's four major cities -- Vienna, Salzburg, Graz and Innsbruck -- are inviting select groups through Music Celebrations to perform in the American Celebration of Music in Austria.
This annual concert series, established in 1996 to commemorate Austria's Millennium, has been a great success. Annually, the festival incorporates the concerts into various special musical celebrations taking place in Austria. Music and dance groups are featured in a variety of performing venues, from historic cathedrals and concert halls to palaces, spa resorts, and historic outdoor settings.
Austria is so steeped in music that musicians the world over consider a performance tour here as a musical pilgrimage to the cradle of Western Civilization's musical heritage. To combine performances in exciting and historical venues with on-the-spot exposure to the music of the Masters is an enriching musical and educational experience.
Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler, Schonberg, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Bohm and numerous other musical personalities were all Austrian by birth or adoption. Vienna was their home. Their music influenced the entire world. Festival participants see their homes, their manuscripts, their musical instruments, venues of their incredible performances, and walk in their footsteps.
Picture your choir singing in Salzburg Cathedral, your orchestra performing in Vienna's Konzerthaus, your band playing in Mirabell Gardens! Festival participants perform once in each of the four hosting cities. Itinerary options might also include cities outside of Austria such as Prague, Leipzig, Venice, Budapest, Munich and others.