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Vienna: Mozart, Strauss And DJ Sounds

Every night in Vienna around 10,000 music fans are treated to live classical music, something that is simply unheard of in any other city in the world. Each year the Vienna concert schedule includes more than 15,000 events of various sizes and genres. No other city has been home to so many composers - Mozart, Mahler, Haydn, Beethoven and Johann Strauss, the king of the Viennese waltz, all worked in the city. The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Boys' Choir set the international tone, while the State Opera House and the Golden Hall at the Musikverein are among the world's leading venues. Traditional strengths endure to this day - the electronic sound pioneered by local musicians and leading DJs enjoys worldwide popularity.

Vienna is the world capital of music: The New Year's Concert by the Philharmoniker thrills millions of TV viewers in over 80 countries each year. The Vienna Boys' Choir, which now has its own concert hall called "MuTh" in the Augarten, celebrates its success on every continent. And the Wiener Symphoniker causes a sensation. Vienna has two world class concert halls, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus. The city is also the ideal setting for a high-caliber range of festivals covering everything from ancient music at Resonanzen or contemporary compositions at Wien Modern. OsterKlang, the Vienna Festival, the Vienna Jazz Festival and the Summer Nights concert by the Vienna Philharmonic are among the other program highlights.

The Vienna State Opera is prized for its exceptional acoustics. There are performances almost 300 nights a year and a different billing virtually every day. The Theater an der Wien has established a name for itself as "the other" venue for opera. New premieres each month - from baroque to contemporary - are a hit among opera-goers. The Volksoper presents classic operas in German, musicals and lively operettas.
Fans of musicals are entertained to the ABBA hit "Mamma Mia!" at the Raimund Theater, "Besuch der alten Dame" at the Ronacher and "Kiss me, Kate" in the Volksoper. And on Rathausplatz this summer, enjoy classic musical films every evening as well as a diverse culinary offering.

Such creative musical surroundings make Vienna a hotbed for contemporary musicians. Clubs such as Flex, Fluc, Rhiz, Pratersauna and Grelle Forelle play the electronic sound of local musicians who also cause a sensation around the world, ever since the duo Kruder & Dorfmeister conquered the world with their downbeat in the early 1990s. The next generation has long since established itself - and the musical styles are more diverse than ever.

The sound:frame festival provides a platform for performances by avant-garde visual artists. The soundtrack for the Gürtel Nightwalk is laid down by bands at the vanguard of the indie and electronic scene. The Danube Island Festival - Europe's largest open-air party - pulls in some three million visitors each year, with acts from a host of genres on the billing. Vienna's new club festival "Waves Vienna" presents eighty live acts between Alternative, Electronic and Rock on four days. And the Karlsplatz pop festival brings the newest trends in Austrian music to the stage.

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