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Events in Vienna

Vienna events, September-October 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

9, 12, 17, 21 Sep, 19:00
La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi)
Conductor: Michael Schønwandt

16, 19, 23, 26 Sep, 19:00
La Cenerentola (Gioachino Rossini)
Conductor: Michael Güttler

20, 24, 27, 30 Sep, 18:00
Chowanschtschina (Modest Mussorgsky)
Conductor: James Conlon

4, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21 Oct, 19:00
Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu

9, 14, 19, 23 Oct, 18:30, 19:00
Anna Bolena (Gaetano Donizetti)
Conductor: Evelino Pidò

12, 16, 18 Oct, 19:30
The Tempest (Thomas Adès)
Conductor: Graeme Jenkins

18, 29 Sep, 19:30
24, 25 Oct, 15:30, 11:00
Wiener Philharmoniker
Works by Blomstedt, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev;

Sept-Oct, 20:15
Wiener Mozart Orchester
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

22 Sep, 19:30
Mahler Festival Orchestra Japan
Hirofumi Misawa, Gustav Mahler

3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 19:30
Wiener Symphoniker
Works by Honeck, Schmid, Jordan, Bartók, Beethoven;

20 Sep, 11:00
Wiener Philharmoniker – 2015-2016 season opening
Kulman, Bychkov

6 Oct, 19:30
Ivo Pogorelich
Works by Liszt, Schumann, Stravinsky, Brahms;

12, 13 Oct, 19:30
London Symphony Orchestra
Bronfman, Gergiev

29, 30 Oct, 19:30
Wiener Symphoniker
Aimard, Jordan


12 Sep-31 Oct, 15:00, 16:00, 18:30, 19:30
Mary Poppins
The enchanting stage version of the Mary Poppins movie has proved enormously successful in numerous countries, with more than 11.5 million visitors already.


24 Sep – 31 Oct, 18:30, 19:30
Mozart! Das Musical
The Mozart musical throws light on the world’s most famous composer both as a historical person and as a legendary figure of classical music.



27 Sep, 20:00
Måns Zelmerlöw
Zelmerlöw represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song Heroes, and won the contest with 365 points, the third-highest score in the history of the competition.

2 Oct, 19:30
Eros Ramazzotti
His audience appeal comes from several factors, including his unique voice and his energetic delivery of catchy, melodic tunes which are often passionate mid-tempo autobiographical ballads. The instrumentation is rich in soft-rock influence.

8 Oct, 19:30
Rise Against
The American melodic hardcore band from Chicago is also known for their advocacy of progressivism, supporting organizations such as Amnesty International and the It Gets Better Project.

12 Oct, 20:00
A Finnish music group which plays well known metal pieces with classical instruments: “cello rock”.

16 Oct, 20:00
Classic UK rock delivered with whiskey vocals, combining alternative with British traditional rock.

21 Oct, 20:00
Diana Krall
Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. To date, she has won five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. She has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums.

27 Oct, 19:30
Simply Red
The English soul and pop band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career.
Their style drew upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic and rock to reggae and jazz.

31 Oct, 20:00
Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia
For the 50th anniversary of The Who, Pete Townshend has created a great orchestral version of the legendary Quadrophenia album for a large symphony orchestra, choir and soloists.

31 Oct, 20:00
Paradise Lost
Gothic metal band from England, considered by some to be one of the pioneers of the genre.


19 Sep
Ene Mene Mu Festival
With Leyya, Olympique, Breton, Bilderbuch, Klangkarussell and many more.

24 Sep – 11 Oct, 11:30
Wiener Wiesn
The fifth Wiener Wiesn Festival, Austria's biggest folk festival, will be held against the backdrop of Vienna's Riesenrad Ferris wheel. On the programme is live entertainment in traditional costumes.

25 Oct
Beatpatrol Festival
Electronic music festival with international top acts and about 30.000 party people.


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 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 4 Oct
Vienna´s Ringstrasse – The Making of a Grand Boulevard
Wien Museum celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse boulevard with a “making of” exhibition about its pioneering years: Vienna on the road to becoming a modern city, from the launch of its programme of urban expansion to the official opening of the splendid Ring boulevard on 1 May 1865.

Until 4 Oct
The Vienna Biennale
The first event of its kind to combine art, design, and architecture, with the aim of generating creative ideas and artistic projects to help improve the world. Its category-spanning, interdisciplinary approach and combination of artistic ambition and the creative economy open up new perspectives on central topics of our time and thus promote positive change in our society.

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 1 Nov
Joel Meyerowitz – Retrospective
Joel Meyerowitz (New York, 1938) is one of the most important protagonists of New Colour Photography in the US during the 1960s and 1970s, next to William Eggleston and Stephen Shore.

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.

Until 17 Jan
Black & White
The Albertina's new exhibition affords a look into the extensive photographic collection, which was created in 1999.

3 Sep – 12 Oct
One room for five - Twenty architectural years
The focus of the Architekturzentrum Wien this time is on the creative process through which projects are developed. How do architects bring their favourite themes and approaches from one project to the next and refine them? What kind of roundabout paths and sidestepping does this involve?

10 Sep – 24 Apr
Prosperous Poison - On the feminist appropriation of the Austrian unconscious
Carte blanche for students in the Master in Critical Studies at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Mumok devotes two floors to its collection of work since 1945.

11 Sep – 1 Nov
Mark Leckey & Emily Roysdon
The highly idiosyncratic work of British artist Mark Leckey combines videos, installations, objects, sound sculptures with popular culture practices, in particular those of British subculture and youth culture. Using various media, such as performance, video, text, photography, and printmaking, Emily Roysdon engages with the body, movement, space, and identity.

11 Sep – 18 Oct
World Press Photo
After the awards ceremony in Amsterdam, each year the prizewinning press photographs are assembled into a travelling exhibition that is visited by over a million people in 40 countries.

16 Sep - 10 Jan
The history and future of light design; an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum and the Fundação EDP.


24 Sep – 14 Feb
Ballgasse 6 - Galerie Pakesch and the 1980s Art Scene
When Peter Pakesch, a young man from Graz, started a gallery in Ballgasse in 1981, he created an artistic hotspot in what had hitherto been an inconspicuous little lane near Stephansplatz.


25 Sep – 24 Jan
Edvard Munch - Love, Death and Loneliness
The exhibition featuring around 120 of the Norwegian artist’s most important works includes icons of his art such as The Scream, the Madonna and the Kiss, as well as works exemplifying his experimental approaches to printed graphics.

9 Oct – 11 Jan
A Rush of Color - Masterpieces of German Expressionism
The Leopold Museum's new large-scale exhibition presents outstanding masterpieces of German Expressionism from the collection of the Osthaus Museum in Hagen. Works by artists including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Mueller, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Alexey von Jawlensky, Franz Marc and others are on show.

Trade fairs

11-13 Sep
Cake World Austria
The largest cake show in northern and central Europe.

17-18 Sep
Job and career for women
The career and education fair for women.

25-29 Sep
European Cancer Congress
40th ESMO European Cancer Congress: reinforcing multidisciplinarity.

3-7 Oct
Cochrance Colloquium 2015
23rd annual Cochrane Colloquium. Evidence-Informed Public Health: Opportunities and Challenges.

8-11 Oct
International Contemporary Art Fair.

15-16 Oct
Gewinn Messe
Investment fair.

23-26 Oct
Modelling Fair
Austria’s largest exhibition and show for model building, game, hobby.

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,
GH – Bank Austria Gasometer Halle, Adalbert-Stifter-Strasse 73, tel. +43 1 33 24 64 10,
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,
OB – Ottakringer Brauerei, Ottakringer Platz 1, tel +43 1 49 10 00,
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,



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