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Vienna events, May-June 2015
A selection of the best concert, music and exhibition events, by Vienna In Your Pocket city guide,
See the venue code key at the bottom of the listings.

Classical Concert Highlights

13, 15, 22, 29 May, 09:00, 11:00, 19:30
10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22 Apr, 19:30
Wiener Symphoniker
Works by Mendelssohn, Ravel, Haydn a.o.

19 May, 19:30
Rudolf Buchbinder

26 May, 19:30
6, 7, 19, 20, 21, 23, Jun, 11:00, 15:30, 19:30
Wiener Philharmoniker
Works by Haydn, Mahler, Tchaikovsky

28 May, 19:30
Budapester Festival Orchestra
Works by Iván Fischer, Johannes Brahms

31 May, 1 Jun 19:30
András Schiff

6, 7 Jun, 19:30
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Works by Wagner, Bruckner, Mozart

10 Jun, 19:30
Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Renaud Capuçon / Ticciati

17, 18 Jun, 19:30
Wiener Symphoniker/ Grubinger / Vänskä

Opera & Ballet highlights

2, 5, 8, 11 May, 19:00
Don Pasquale (Gaetano Donizetti)
Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos

10, 14, 18, 22 May, 19:00
Nabucco (Giuseppe Verdi)
Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos

21, 23, 26 May, 19:00
La Cenerentola (Gioachino Rossini)
Conductor: Evelino Pidò

3, 6, 9 Jun, 19:00
Fidelio (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Conductor: Adam Fischer

11, 13, 16, 19 Jun, 19:00
Don Giovanni (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Conductor: Cornelius Meister

14, 18, 21, 24, 27 Jun, 19:00
The Tempest (Thomas Adès)
Conductor: Thomas Adès

Shows & Musicals

Until 30 June, 15:00, 18:30, 19:00
Mamma Mia!
A musical with the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

Until 30 June, 15:00, 16:00, 18:30, 19:30
Mary Poppins - The Musical
A musical based on the children's books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, and is a fusion of various elements from the two.

6-7 Jun, 15:00, 20:00
Apassionata 2015
Adventure and mystery with Apassionata, Europe's most successful family entertainment show with horses. The 2015 tour takes the production past 30 European cities.

18 Jun, 19:30
Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem
Over thirty of the world’s greatest extreme sports stars ride FMX, BMX and other sports contraptions. Headlined by 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana.

Concerts & Festivals

6 May, 19:00
Millencolin & Bombshell Rocks
Punk rock band Millencolin presents their new album "True Brew".

8 May, 20:00
Mother´s Cake
Austrian rock band.

16 May, 20:00
Vienna Hip Hop World
Small festival with local Hip Hop crews such as perVers, StvsB and one of our personal favorites Team H-Town.

28 May, 19:30
André Rieu & Orchestra
Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu is best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. He has turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rock music acts.

4 Jun-6 Jun, 14:00
Rock In Vienna
Vienna´s largest rock festival, at the Donauinsel, has over 30 bands playing during three days: Metallica, Faith no More, Body Count, Muse, Incubus, Limp Bizkit and more. For more information see

8 Jun, 19:00
Van Morrison
George Ivan "Van" Morrison,  is a Belfast-born singer-songwriter and musician responsible for legendary albums like Astral Weeks and Moondance.

10 Jun, 18:15
One Direction
English-Irish pop boy band based in London and propelled to international success by social media.

24 Jun, 19:00
Alice Cooper
"The Godfather of Shock Rock" has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock to pioneer a theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock people.

28 Jun, 19:30
Tom Jones
Sir Thomas Jones Woodward, known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer who became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s.


8 May-16 Aug
Lee Miller
Lee Miller (1907-1977) is considered one of the most fascinating artists of the 20th century. In over five decades, she produced a body of photographic work of a range that remains unparalleled, and that unites the most divergent genres.

Until 17 May
Romane Thana – Places of the Roma and Sinti
The focus of the exhibition is on places in Vienna and in the Burgenland province where Roma and Sinti have lived and/or are living today. This includes Roma settlements in Burgenland originally founded in the 18th century, traditional places in Vienna, but also places that bring to mind the long history of persecution and the Nazi genocide, such as Lackenbach, Auschwitz and Łódź.

27 May-23 Aug
Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality
This exhibition, in cooperation with the Austrian Friedrich and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation in Vienna, centres on issues of display and brings works by Kiesler into a dialogue with relevant contemporary artists.

29 May-20 Sep
Drawing Now 2015
The Drawing Now exhibition provides an up-to-date survey of drawing, painting and illustration in contemporary art. It showcases the viewpoints of around 35 international artists who collectively represent contemporary drawing and who, individually, are taking it in a direction of their own.

Until 1 Jun
Wally Neuzil – Her life with Egon Schiele
The painting "Portrait of Wally Neuzil" at the Vienna Leopold Museum is among the most well-known works by Egon Schiele. This exhibition seeks to uncover the person behind the portrait, Walburga Wally Neuzil (1894-1917), approaching her through artworks, autographs, photographs and documents.

Until 21 Jun
Josef Strau & Kristin Oppenheim
Josef Strau’s experimental artistic practice is anchored in the written word. In his installations, he contrasts fairly restrained architectural structures with often large quantities of text on pamphlets on lamps from flea markets, illuminated manuscripts, and printed and handwritten texts on posters and canvases. Kristin Oppenheim is best known for her highly intriguing sound installations. The American artist associates the mesmerizing sound of the pure singing voice with video, architectural elements, or (swinging) theatrical lights.

Until 5 Jul
Rinko Kawauchi – Illuminance
Kawauchi became interested in photography while studying at Seian College of Art and Design. She first worked in advertising for several years before embarking on a career as a fine art photographer. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society in 2012.

Until 17 Aug
Vienna. The Pearl of the Reich - Planning for Hitler
This exhibition in the Architekturzentrum Wien is devoted to the presentation of building in Vienna under National Socialism. Using Vienna as an example, the construction and planning activity of the Third Reich is presented for the first time in this form, which allows the buildings to be analysed and explained within the context of Nazi goals.

Until 23 Aug
My Body is the Event
The “Vienna Actionism and International Performance” exhibition is divided into several thematic sections that look at the questions that generally shaped a broad range of action art in the 1960s and 1970s. A comparison with parallel international movements will show that the Viennese artists were not only right up with the times but in many ways developed pioneering positions.

Until 13 Sep
Ludwig Goes Pop
One of the world’s most significant holdings of Pop Art, the collection of the German industrialists Peter and Irene Ludwig, is on show at Mumok. In this extensive overview, around 100 works from six different institutions associated with the Ludwigs will be brought together.

Until 14 Sep
Tracey Emin & Egon Schiele – Where I want to go
Tracey Emin, a superstar and enfant terrible of contemporary art, will engage in a fascinating artistic dialogue, as she will not only present her own works but will also incorporate a personal selection of drawings by Egon Schiele into the exhibition.

Until 27 Oct
Ken Lum – Coming soon
Ken Lum combines photographic images and texts, language and sculptural elements in order to question class affiliation and ethnic diversity in Western society, as well as the presentation of individuality within a socially and economically coded urban space.

Until end 2015
ASIA. China – Japan – Korea
The Asia collection of the MAK is one of the important European collections of art and applied arts from this region. It has been compiled from public and private collections over 150 years and offers a wide-ranging view of Asian art history.

Until end 2015
MAK Carpets
The MAK's collection of Textiles and Carpets is one of the most comprehensive collections of textile art in the world. The exquisite objects, compiled since 1864, give an overview of more than 1,500 years of textile history.

Trade Fairs

13-15 May
European Stroke Conference
Scientific exchange among clinicians and researchers interested in the pathobiology, pathophysiology as well as diagnosis and treatment of cerebrovascular diseases.

20-21 May
DMX Austria
Austria's leading trade fair for digital marketing and Austrian e-commerce.

1-4 Jun
European Biomass Conference and Exhibition.

11-14 Jun
EHA 2015
European Hematology Association (EHA).

Venue List

AA – Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, tel. +43 1 53 48 30,
AW – Arena Wien, Baumgasse 80, tel. +43 1 79 88 59 50,
AZ – Architekturzentrum Wien, Museumsplatz 1, tel. +43 1 522 31 15,
EH – Ernst Happel Stadion, Meiereistrasse 7, tel. +43 1 728 08 54
KH – Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsplatz 1, tel. +43 1 521 89 33,
KO – Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringerstrasse 20, tel. +43 1 24 20 02,
KU – Kunsthaus Wien, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, tel. +43 1 712 04 91,
LM – Leopold Museum, Museumsplatz 1, tel. +43 1 525 70 15 25,
MK – MAK, Stubenring 5, tel. +43 1 71 13 62 48,
MU – Mumok, Museumsplatz 1, tel +43 1 52 50 00,
MV – Musikverein Wien, Bösendorferstrasse 12, tel. +43 1 505 81 90,
MW – Messe Wien, Messeplatz 1, tel. +43 1 72 72 00,
RA – Raimund Theater, Wallgasse 18-20, tel. +43 1 59 97 70,
RO – Ronacher, Seilerstätte 9, tel. +43 1 588 85,
SH – Wiener Stadthalle, Vogelweidplatz 14, tel. +43 1 98 10 00,
SO – Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring 2, tel. +43 1 51 44 40,
SZ – Szene Wien, Hauffgasse 26, +43 1 332 46 41 25,
WM – Wien Museum, Karlsplatz, tel. +43 1 50 58 74 70,


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