Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)
Saturday, August 4 - Arrive in Vienna, capital of the Habsburg Empire and center of classical music. A Festival representative will meet flight arrivals for your transfer in air-conditioned buses to your hotel in Eisenstadt. Take time to unpack and enjoy a brief walk around this beautiful, small city. For those who arrive Eisenstadt in time, a one hour walking tour will depart each hotel at 4:00 pm. At 7:00 pm, a 30-minute house meeting will be held at each hotel followed by a short chorus rehearsal beginning at 7:45 pm at Haus der Begegnung.
Sunday, August 5 - Begin with breakfast at your hotel. Festival Orientation begins at the Kulturzentrum, located across from Hotel Burgenland, followed by morning rehearsalsfor chorus, orchestra, and soloists. While performers are in rehearsal, Observers will meet with festival staff to review the schedule before touring Haydn’s house. Pianists will meet at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium to review the schedule and attend the opening lecture delivered by Dr. Magrath. After lunch, piano seminar attendees will return to the Conservatory for the afternoon lectures by Dr. David Heller and Dr. Alan Chow followed by practice time. Chorus and orchestra will continue with rehearsals while Observers visit the Franziskanerkirche, church of the Esterházy family, followed by a walk through the Schloss Park to the Orangerie and Leopoldine Temple. The chorus and orchestra will rehearse briefly after dinner. The evening is open for pianists who wish to practice.
Monday, August 6 – Morning rehearsals will continue in the Kulturzentrum for chorus and orchestra. Pianists will have time for practice before Alan Chow's piano master class at the Haydn Konservatorium, which will be followed by a lecture and organ demonstration by Dr. David Heller. During the morning, Observers will visit the Bergkirche for an English speaking guided tour of the historic Bergkirche where Haydn's late masses along with Beethoven's Mass in C were first performed and where Haydn is buried. Those who wish, may also tour the stations of the cross. Following lunch, there will be an informative lecture at the Kulturzentrum given by Dr. Walter Reicher, Intendant of the Haydn Festspiele, who will share his insights on Joseph Haydn. Rehearsals then continue in the afternoon for the chorus, orchestra and soloists while piano seminar participants return to the Haydn Konservatorium for a master class taught by Jane Magrath. Meanwhile, Observers are invited to attend a wine tasting seminar hosted by Eva Wagner's Weinhaus. That evening we return to the Kuturzentrum for the festival's Opening Convocation and reception with participants as guests of the Governor of Burgenland.
Tuesday, August 7 - Morning and afternoon rehearsals for chorus, orchestra, and soloists will be in the Esterhâzy Palace. While the morning rehearsal is going on, Observers will tour the Melinda Esterházy exhibit at the Esterházy Palace. Piano seminar participants will be at Haydn Konservatorium for the third master class. Following the morning rehearsal, we will learn about the Esterházy family from Walter Burian, former Director of the Haydn Conservatory, who has also co-authored a book on the Esterhazy family. While the chorus, orchestra and soloists are in afternoon rehearsals, Observers will tour the ancient Judengasse to view exhibitions from the Jewish museum, the synagogue belonging to the Palais Wertheimer, and the Jewish cemeteries. For the afternoon, piano seminar participants will attend a fourth master class and a teacher's "Roundtable" led by Jane Magrath. The evening will include time for rehearsal and practicing.
Wednesday, August 8 - Chorus, orchestra and soloists will have morning and afternoon rehearsals. Piano seminar will hold its fifth master class at the Haydn Konservatorium during the morning. Following the morning rehearsal, participants will have a rare opportunity to view original manuscripts from the Esterházy Family archives. After lunch, Observers and piano seminar participants will tour the Esterházy Palace, led by an English speaking tour guide. Immediately following, the piano seminar group will tour the Haydn house. At 5:00 pm, everyone is invited to attend the Mayor's Reception at the Rathaus, welcoming festival participants to Eisenstadt with some light refreshments. The evening is free to do as you like.
Thursday, August 9 - Piano seminar participants will depart in the morning for Wiener-Neustadt to tour the Bösendorfer factory, followed by a group lunch back in Eisenstadt at the Gloriette. There will be a morning and afternoon rehearsal for chorus, orchestra and soloists in final preparation for the evening Gala Concert performance in the Haydnsaal at Schloss Esterházy. Following the concert, enjoy the Directors' Reception hosted by the Classical Music Festival in the Gartensaal,
Friday, August 10 - Enjoy a leisurely morning and then attend a late morning master class on piano trios at the Haydn Konservatorium followed by a vocal master class. Both master classes will be led by JHK music faculty at the Konservatorium. In the afternoon, there will be rehearsal with the orchestra, chorus, and soloists in preparation for the Beethoven mass. That evening, there will be an organ and choral concert at the Bergkirche featuring our choir-in-residence. There is also an optional tour offered that evening for those who want to enjoy an evening of light opera in nearby Mörbisch. A bus will pick you up at your hotel and Festival personnel will accompany you to the operetta, Countess Maritza.
Saturday, August 11 -. There will be a morning rehearsal for the chorus, orchestra and soloists at the Haydn Conservatory. After lunch, pianists return for a lecture on "Piano Duets in the Classical Period", followed by a master class. Late afternoon, festival participants will travel a short distance by bus for the two of Mattersburg, where the festival orchestra, chorus, and soloists will perform Beethoven's Mass in C Major at the Mattersburg parish church as a part of the Saturday evening mass. Following the mass we will be guests for dinner at a country inn in the quaint village of Pöttelsdorf.
Sunday, August 12 - Buses take us to Vienna's historic St. Stephen's Cathedral for a performance of Haydn’s Mass in C Major as a part of the Sunday morning liturgical mass. The afternoon is free in Vienna for sightseeing on your own or as part of a tour at the Vienna Opera House. There is also a faculty piano recital at the Mozarthaus featuring piano faculty artists. Late afternoon buses return to Eisenstadt and the evening is free to do as you like.
Monday, August 13 – Enjoy a leisurely morning before attending the final piano recital, given by piano seminar performers in the Empiresaal of the Esterházy Palace. Group tours of the Esterhâzy Palace are offered later in the day for those who have not yet taken the tour. You will also have the opportunity to tour Forchtenstein Castle. That evening, you can return to the Empiresaal to enjoy a chamber music concert featuring a number of our festival musicians.
Tuesday, August 14 – This is a free day which you can use for relaxing, to do some exploring on your own or you may want to join one of the optional tours offered that day. Trip destinations are being finalized and will be available by December 1. This is also the last day for shopping since Wednesday is a holiday and the stores are closed.
Wednesday, August 15 - In the morning we will perform Beethoven's Mass in C Major at the Bergkirche, the Esterhazy's church where Haydn's last six masses and Beethoven's Mass in C Major were first performed and where Haydn is now buried. This mass celebrates the holy day of Maria Himmelsfahrt Festgottesdienst (Ascension of Mary). Following the service we will be guests of the church at a reception in the building where Haydn and the other Esterházy musicians lived. For our final festival event, join us at Hotel Ohr for a farewell lunch. The rest of the day is free for packing for your departure.
Thursday, August 16 - Begin Festival bus transfers to Schwechat Airport, Vienna, for return flights home. Several buses will be scheduled throughout the morning to get participants to the airport a couple of hours prior to your flight departure.