Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 9:00pm

Distinguished conductor Lorin Maazel leads the fifth annual Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013 concert to be telecast on Great Performances, Friday, August 2 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. This year’s gala concert revolves around the works of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, both of whom would have celebrated their 200th birthday this year, and features German Canadian tenor soloist Michael Schade.

The outdoor concert in the magnificent baroque gardens of Imperial Schönbrunn Palace is free to thousands of attendees in Vienna, and serves the orchestra’s objective of making classical music accessible to a broad spectrum of concertgoers beyond its usual, core audience. The concert was recorded May 30 during a windswept rainstorm.

From Verdi comes the triumphal march from "Aida," the overtures to "La Forza del Destino" as well as "La mia letizia infondere" from "I Lombardi." The Wagner selections include the Grail Narrative from "Lohengrin" and music from his operas "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg," "Tristan and Isolde," and "Die Walküre.”

Maazel, a former child prodigy, conducted his first concert at the age of nine years. In his career to date, he has worked with around 200 orchestras and  is currently Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, and Executive and Artistic Director of the Castleton Festival. He has a close relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic, and has conducted the New Year's Concert in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein (an annual tradition on Great Performances) no fewer than 11 times.