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Vienna events, September - October 2014
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

1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 17 ,20, 24, 26, 27, 29 Sep, 20:15
1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31 Oct, 20:15
Wiener Mozart Orchester
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

18, 19, 21, 22 Sep, 19:30
Tschaikowskij-Symphonieorchester Moskau
Works by Vladimir Fedosejev, Prokofiev, Dvořák

6, 19, 25, 26 Oct, times vary
Wiener Philharmoniker
Works by Schubert, Dvorak, Messiaen a.o.

28 Sep, 19:30
English Baroque Soloists / Monteverdi Choir & Soloists / Gardiner
Works by Händel, Bach

10 Oct, 19:30
Yuja Wang
Works by Albéniz, Granados, Balakirews, Chopin and Liszt

26 Oct, 11:00
Wiener Symphoniker / Hrůša
Works by Bedřich Smetanas

Opera & Ballet highlights

11, 14, 18 Sep, 18:30, 19:00
La Fanciulla Del West (Giacomo Puccini)
Conductor: Graeme Jenkins

21, 25, 28 Sep, 18:00/18:30
2 Oct, 18:00
Don Carlo (Giuseppe Verdi)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu

22, 27, 30 Sep, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30
6 Oct, 19:00
Schwanensee (Rudolf Nurejev, Marius Petipa, Lew Iwanow)
Conductor: Koen Kessels

5, 8, 11, 14, 16 Oct, 18:00, 18:30
Idomeneo, Rè Di Creta (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach

9, 13, 17 Oct, 19:00, 19:30
Roberto Devereux (Gaetano Donizetti)
Conductor: Andriy Yurkevych

29, 31 Oct, 19:00
La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)
Conductor: Dan Ettinger


11 Sep, 18:00
The American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s.

16 Sep, 20:00
Tony Bennett
An American singer of popular music, standards, show tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also an accomplished painter, having created works—under the name Anthony Benedetto—that are on permanent public display in several institutions.

18 Sep, 20:00
Pharrell Williams
Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo The Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music. Williams has earned seven Grammy Awards including two with The Neptunes.

30 Oct, 20:00
Mick Flannery
An Irish singer and songwriter. His debut album Evening Train featured tracks which had previously won Flannery two categories at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville as judged by his idol, Tom Waits.

30 Oct, 19:00
A Swedish progressive metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990. The band has consistently incorporated progressive, folk, blues, classical and jazz influences into their usually lengthy compositions.

Musicals & Shows

6 Sep-31 Dec, 18:00, 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.

12 Sep-5 Oct, times vary
Circus Roncalli
When Circus Roncalli performs in front of Vienna City Hall in the evening, the square transforms into a colorful sea of lights. The program "Time is Honey" enchants with dizzying artistry, horse ballet and quirky clowns.

23 Sep-26 Oct, times vary
Dirty Dancing
The legendary dance film in musical form - with mambo and sensual hip-movements.

2 Oct-31 Dec, 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.


11 Oct-19 Oct, times vary
Erste Bank Open Vienna
The Vienna Open is a professional tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts.


9 Sep-8 Feb
Arnulf Rainer
His revisions developed in the 1950s made the Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer known throughout the world. The Albertina honours the internationally renowned artist on the occasion of his 85th birthday with a comprehensive retrospective, in which important stations of his complex artistic development are presented through key works.

12 Sep-11 Jan
Joan Miro
With his imaginative pictorial motifs, Joan Miró is one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. The Albertina's solo exhibition has around 100 paintings, drawings and objects, which strives to emphasise the poetic quality of the famous surrealist.

18 Sep-6 Oct
BUS:STOP Krumbach
What started with an unusual idea in Krumbach became reality this year – the seven bus shelters designed by international architects and implemented in close collaboration with seven regional partner architects and local craftspeople have been erected and are in use.

17 Sep-18 Jan
Masterpieces in Focus - Josef Dobrowsky
Austrian painter Josef Dobrowsky (1889–1964) was one of the most important Austrian artists of the interwar years and a trailblazer of modernist painting in Austria. His works have remained practically unknown to the general public.

Until 5 Oct
SHOEting Stars - Shoes in Art and Design
An entire cosmos of stories, personal experiences and preconceptions linked to shoes. They symbolise passion, fetish, sensuality and the search for perfection. The subject of this exhibition is the contemplation of shoes as transient fashion projects, as well as design objects that make their own autonomous statements.

Until 12 Oct
New Ways of Doing Nothing
Devoted to a form of artistic production that opposes activity, doing and manufacturing and instead gives an affirmative slant to forms of doing nothing, of refraining or a tautology. Here, refraining from something not only leads to a critical moment but also a creative one.

16 Oct-8 Feb
Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel
A comprehensive retrospective to an exceptional American couple, the photographers Lillian Bassman (1917–2012) and Paul Himmel (1914–2009). In this exhibition, two lives are united in an extraordinary artistic symbiosis.

17 Oct-26 Jan
Alberto Giacometti - Modernist Pioneer
An exhibition about the artist who is widely considered to be the most important sculptor of the 20th century. The works of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) are among the most expensive artworks in the world. As recently as 2010 his work L‘homme qui marche l fetched the astronomical sum of 74 million euros at Sotheby's in London, the highest price ever paid for a sculpture.

Until 8 Feb
The Present of Modernism
Mumok explores the grand utopian project of modernism, asking about its relevance today and its potential for future generations. This new presentation includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, films, and architectural models. The show begins with classical modernism, early abstract art and futurism, and works by Picasso and Bauhaus artists.

4 Oct-18 Jan
Cosima von Bonin
A retrospective exhibition shows how Austrian artist Cosima von Bonin's work has moved more and more in the direction of installations that increasingly come to take possession of the space they are placed in.

18 Oct-1 Feb
Pin - Jenni Tischer
In Jenni Tischer’s exhibition Pin the vocabulary of minimalist sculpture comes up against the history and practice of textile work.

23 Sep-7 Oct
Artware - Young Art
Young Art Auction (YAA) offers emerging artists a unique platform to present themselves. Various young artists are selected to present an artwork each.

11 Sep-2 Nov
Diana Al-Hadid & Utopian Pulse & Cinthia Marcelle
The large-format sculptures and drawings of the Syrian sculptor Diana Al-Hadid presents complex constellations involving architectonic structures, elements of landscapes and figurative allusions. The show “Utopian Pulse – Flares In The Darkroom” follows utopian projections that serve the purposes of secession from and resistance to our particular present. Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle carefully creates situations and performative actions that reflect social or financial structures using films and photographs.

5 Sep-12 Oct
World Press Photo
The annual competition of photographs by press photographers and photo-journalists from all over the world. An impressive demonstration of achievements in international photo-journalism and a unique retrospective of events of worldwide importance and historical significance that have taken place during the previous year, covering subjects like politics, culture, sports and nature.

16 Oct-18 Jan
World War I in Vienna - City Life in Photography and Graphic Art
World War I was the first war to involve civilians on a massive scale. With the city transformed into a "home front", its inhabitants became participants in a war which, though waged in remote regions, affected each and everybody's life with great immediacy. War enthusiasm and expectations of an early victory were short-lived and soon gave way to a more sober mood.

Until 15 Sep
Europe's best Buildings - The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture
Acknowledging and honouring outstanding achievements in the field of architecture in Europe. The prizes are generally awarded to projects displaying an innovative character that serve as orientation, and indeed often as a manifesto, for the development of contemporary architecture.

Until 7 Sep
Masterpieces in Focus - Franz Barwig the Elder
In the series Masterpieces in Focus, this May the Belvedere is staging an exhibition about Franz Barwig the Elder (1868–1931), one of Austria’s most important and successful sculptors of his time.

Until 14 Sep
Josef Dabernig – Rock the Void
Artist and filmmaker Josef Dabernig works in a wide range of genres and shows his work in all kinds of art institutions and at international film festivals. His early works are characterized by a stringent formal order.

Until 15 Sep
And Yet There Was Art – Austria 1914-1918
The assassination of the Austrian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, on the 28th of June 1914 in Sarajevo was the fatal trigger of World War I. One hundred years on, the Leopold Museum is dedicating a comprehensive exhibition to the fate of Austrian artists who were active between 1914 and 1918.

Until 28 Sep
The Metropolis Experiment – Vienna and the 1873 World Exhibition
The spotlight is trained on the years around 1873, a crucial transformative phase in Vienna's development towards becoming a big city. Marking the key year of the era, the World Exhibition of 1873 was a project of gigantic proportions that underlined Vienna's efforts to secure an important role internationally and coincided with the high point in a phase of economic prosperity and optimistic hopes for the future.

Until 28 Sep
Alex Katz – Drawings, Cartoons, Paintings
Alex Katz is a central figure of the American self-reflexive painting tradition, for which the assonance of rationality, sensuality and abstraction is characteristic.

Until 5 Oct
Exemplary – 150 Years of the MAK, from Arts and Crafts to Design
This exhibition to mark the MAK’s 150-year jubilee will examine how the museum, established in 1864, developed from being a promotional and educational institution for Austrian artisans into one of the world’s most important sites for contemporary productions from the fields of applied art, design, architecture, and contemporary art.

Until 5 Oct
Flaka Haliti – Henkel Art.Award. 2013
The Henkel Art.Award of 35,000 euros, consists of 7,000 euros in cash and two exhibitions; the prize is available to artists from twenty-three countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Until 12 Oct 2014
Pae White – Orllegro
Orllegro is an aggregation of fabrications, interpretations, simulations of history, narratives, and objects, some of which were sampled from works of the MAK collection. The exhibition title references a fictitious word invented by the textile industry in the 1950s, promising a magical material that was a faux version of something real and perhaps altered the way the world viewed synthetics: assigning an invented word to a fake material, it activated a false nostalgia from an artificial past to render a stylish, more sophisticated—yet equally artificial—future.

Until 20 Oct
Line and Shape - 100 Master Drawings from the Leopold Collection
Interesting insights into the abundant compilation of drawings acquired by Rudolf Leopold during his 40 years of collecting art. With works by some of the best draughtsmen of the 20th century, including Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Alfred Kubin. The number and extraordinary quality of these works from the Leopold Collection is unrivalled by most other museums.

Until end 2014
A visual memory of Viennese society – Franz Xaver Setzer´s portrait photographs
Within the framework of the new permanent presentation of art from 1918 to 1938, this selection of unique photographs from the studio of the Viennese photographer Franz Xaver Setzer affords interesting insights into the sophisticated world of Viennese society of the 1920s and 30s.

Until end 2014
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 2014
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

15-19 Sep
EASD Diabetes Care
Promoting excellence in diabetes care through research and education.

24-25 Sep
Verpackung Austria 2014
Packaging trade fair.

26-27 Sep
Smart Careers for Women
Career planning for women.

2-5 Oct
ViennaFiar 2014
The most important international platform for contemporary art from Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe. MW

11-13 Oct
Austrian Hair International & Beauty Trends
The latest hair collections, hair cosmetics, wholesale, salon equipment, cosmetics, education, fashion.

16-17 Oct
Financial investment fair.

23-24 Oct
Trade fair for event technology, and symposium for events and theatre.

23-26 Oct
Ideenwelt & Modellbau
Creative design, handicrafts, painting, furnishing and decorating, plus Austrias largest model building, game, hobby and handicraft show.

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,
BV – Belvedere, Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, tel. +43 1 79 55 70,
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,
MH – Marx Halle Wien, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, tel. +43 1 888 55 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,
NF – Novomatic Forum, Friedrichstr. 7, tel. +43 1 585 20 11,
RA – Raimund Theater, Wallgasse 18-20, tel. +43 1 59 97 70,
RO – Ronacher, Seilerstätte 9, tel. +43 1 588 85,
SC – Secession, Friedrichstrasse 12, tel. +43 1 587 53 07,
SH – Wiener Stadthalle, Vogelweidplatz 14, tel. +43 1 98 10 00,
SO – Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring 2, tel. +43 1 51 44 40,
WL – WestLicht, Westbahnstrasse 40, tel. +43 1 522 66 36,
WM – Wien Museum, Karlsplatz, tel. +43 1 50 58 74 70,
WU – WUK, Währinger Str. 59, tel. +43 1 40 12 10,

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