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Grafenegg Festival: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

Grafenegg, Transfer to Grafenegg from Vienna Musikverein, Ecke Bösendorferstraße/Canovagasse

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About the Event

The majestic sounds of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Manfred Honeck, bring to life the enchanting fairy tales of Russia and China in a truly splendid orchestral performance. Through suites from Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird" and Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot," the orchestra masterfully captures the raw emotions and vibrant energy of both ballet and opera.

Max Bruch's first violin concerto, known for its beautifully expressive melodies, showcases the talent of celebrated young violinist, María Dueñas. In particular, the Hungarian‐influenced finale of the concerto is so captivating that it alone would be enough reason for Dueñas' dedication to this piece.

However, the concert begins in a different manner altogether, as John Adams poses the question, "You know that feeling when someone offers you a test drive in a stunning sports car and you wish you hadn't accepted?" This moment of near loss of control is transformed into music, with the orchestra acting as the powerful engine of this high‐performance ride.

Practical Information

For clients who have booked inclusive bus transfer:

Departure Vienna Musikverein, corner Bösendorferstraße/Canovagasse: 210 minutes before the concert begins

Return from Grafenegg: approx. 15 minutes after the end of the concert

Journey time approx. 55 min


  • John Adams – Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Fanfare for Orchestra)
  • Max Bruch – Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 1 g‐Moll op. 26
  • Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky – 'Der Feuervogel' — Suite aus der Ballettmusik (Fassung von 1919)
  • Giacomo Puccini – «Turandot‐Suite» (arrangiert von Manfred Honeck, orchestriert von Tomás Ille)
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Manfred Honeck

Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck was violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic for 10 years, and embarked on his conducting career as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, served as Music Director at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, was Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and has since 2008 been Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. A highly sought‐after conductor, other engagements have led Honeck to guest conduct numerous preeminent orchestras as well as opera houses.

Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1896, the brilliant American orchestra prides itself on a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians: PSO has been led by internationally recognized conductors such as Lorin Maazel, André Previn, and Mariss Jansons, who have been maintaining and enhancing PSO’s high standard of excellence. Since autumn 2008, the Orchestra’s Music Director and Principal Conductor has been Manfred Honeck, with Leonard Slatkin as its Principal Guest Conductor. For over a hundred years, PSO has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape and one of the finest representatives of American orchestral excellence. With a long and distinguished history of touring, both domestically and overseas, the PSO has earned critical acclaim for each tour. The orchestra has also achieved an illustrious reputation for its myriad recordings. Its disc featuring works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, with soloist Yo‐Yo Ma and under the baton of Lorin Maazel, won a Grammy Award.

Violin: María Dueñas


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