Midsummer Night's Gala

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January 1970

An institution turns 15: For a decade and a half, the Midsummer Night's Gala has ushered-in the summer season at the Wolkenturm. It is also Grafenegg's flagship media event, televised around the world. The best artists take centre stage, casting their spell over the audience amidst the idyllic scenery of the Castle grounds. For the anniversary gala, Rudolf Buchbinder has invited the South African soprano Golda Schultz and the German tenor Benjamin Bruns, with whom he will share the stage. Accompanying this fairy tale concert is the Tonkunstler Orchestra under its Music Director, Yutaka Sado.

Program and cast


Tonkunstler Orchestra
Golda Schultz, soprano
Benjamin Bruns, tenor
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano
Yutaka Sado, conductor

Grafenegg Festival, Austria

The Grafenegg Music Festival is a new major international Austrian festival for classical music close to Vienna. The annual festival takes place on the grounds of Grafenegg Castle. Two major venues have been built for the festival in the park of the castle: The open-air stage Wolkenturm (capacity 1,730, opened 2007) as well as the new concert hall Auditorium (capacity 1,372, opened 2008).

The artistic director is pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The festival's program consists of symphonic and chamber music as well as recitals. International guest orchestras are performing as well as the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, which serves as orchestra in residence. The first festival started on August, 23rd, 2007 and lasted until September, 9th, 2007.

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