Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)
Tuesday, 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. At 7:30 pm, a 30-minute house meeting will be held at each hotel.
Wednesday, August 5 - Begin with breakfast at your hotel. There will be morning rehearsals for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. While performers are in rehearsal, Observers will meet with festival staff to review the schedule before taking a walking tour of downtown Eisenstadt. Pianists will meet at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium to review the schedule and attend the opening lecture delivered by Dr. Magrath. After lunch, everyone will meet in the Empiresaal of the Esterhazy Palace for a lecture on the "Ten Points of Classical Music" given by Richard Zielinski with Alan Chow, providing musical examples taken from the music being performed this year. Chorus, orchestra, and soloists will continue with afternoon rehearsals following lunch while pianists return to the Conservatory for an afternoon Q & A with piano faculty, Alan Chow and Jennifer Hayghe. At 6:00 pm, we will gather at the Haydn Konservatorium for the festival's Opening Convocation and reception with participants as guests of the Governor of Burgenland.
Thursday, August 6 – Morning rehearsals will continue for chorus, orchestra, and soloists while piano seminar attendees and Observers tour the Esterházy Palace. Later in the morning, Prof. Holzschuh will have original manuscripts from the Esterházy archives of the Lord Nelson Mass available for viewing. This will be followed by an informative lecture on the Esterházy Family given by Dr. Walter Burian, former Director of the Haydn Conservatory. Rehearsals will continue in the afternoon for the chorus, orchestra and soloists while piano seminar participants return to the Haydn Konservatorium for a master class led by Alan Chow. During this time, Observers will tour the Melinda Esterházy exhibit at the Esterházy Palace. 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 open for chamber music rehearsals and for pianists who wish to practice.
Friday, August 7 - Morning rehearsals for chorus, orchestra, and soloists will be in the Bergkirche where most of Haydn's last six masses were first performed as well as the premiere of Beethoven's Mass in C Major. While rehearsal is going on, Observers will have an opportunity to tour the Bergkirche and Stations of the Cross. Piano seminar participants will be at Haydn Konservatorium for a master class led by Jane Magrath. After lunch, we will all meet at the Haydn Konservatorium for a fascinating lecture on Joseph Haydn given by Walter Reicher, President of the Joseph Haydn Foundation. Following the lecture, chorus, orchestra and soloists will rehearse Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in the Konservatorium performance hall while pianists attend a lecture given by Dr. Yeeseon Kwon on Piano Duets in the Classical and Romantic Periods. Later in the afternoon, observers and pianists pianists and observers
are invited to attend a wine tasting seminar hosted by Eva Wagner's
Weinhaus. The evening is open to do as you like. For those who
want to enjoy an evening of opera in nearby St. Margarethen featuring a performance of Puccini's Turandot, you may want to sign up for the optional tour being offered which includes transportation, backstage tour, and opera ticket. A bus will pick you up at your hotel and festival personnel
will accompany you to the opera.
Saturday, August 8 - There will be a morning rehearsal for the chorus, orchestra and soloists at the Haydn Conservatory while Observers and pianists will have a guided tour of Haydn's house in Eisenstadt. Following rehearsal, chorus and orchestra members will be able to tour the Esterhazy Palace rooms of the Princess Apartments. After lunch, there will be a lecture by Jane Magrath on Beethoven Piano Works for the Intermediate and Lower Advanced Pianist, followed by a master class led by Alan Chow. Late afternoon, festival participants will travel a short distance by bus to Mattersburg, where the festival orchestra, chorus, and soloists will perform Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass at the 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 9 - Buses take us to Vienna's historic St. Stephen's Cathedral for a performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass 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 artist, Jennifer Hayghe. Late afternoon buses return to Eisenstadt, with a short stop at Zentralfriedhof and Composer's Corner. The evening is free to do as you like.Monday, August 10 -. This is a free day which you can use for relaxing, to do some exploringon your own or you may want to join one of the optional tours offered that day. Optional tour destinations are still being finalized and information should be available by February 1.
Tuesday, August 11 - There will be morning rehearsals for chorus, orchestra, and soloists in the Esterhazy Palace. For pianists, there will be a morning lecture given by David Heller providing insights into Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 which will then be followed by a Teacher's Roundtable led by Jane Magrath. In the afternoon, pianists will return for a master class taught by Jennifer Hayghe. 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. In the evening, there will be a chamber music concert in the Empiresaal featuring a number of our festival musicians.
Wednesday, August 12 – For pianists, there will be two master classes offered that day -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon taught by Ralf Heiber and Jennifer Hayghe. There will be morning and afternoon rehearsals for chorus, orchestra, and soloists in the Esterhazy Palace in preparation for our Thursday concert. In the evening, join us for a choral and organ concert at the Bergkirche.
Thursday, August 13 – Piano seminar participants will depart in the morning for Wiener-Neustadt to tour the Bösendorfer factory, returning to Eisenstadt by 12:00. The morning is open for chorus, orchestra, soloists, and observers. There will be a short afternoon rehearsal beginning at 1:00 pm in final preparation for the evening Gala Concert performance in the Haydnsaal at Schloss Esterházy. Following the rehearsal, David Heller will offer an organ demonstration in the Konzertsaal at the Haydn Conservatory. There will also be time for private lessons for pianists and practice time. The Gala Concert begins at 7:30 pm, followed by the Directors' Reception hosted by the Classical Music Festival in the Gartensaal.
Friday, August 14 – Enjoy a leisurely morning before attending the final piano recital,
given by piano seminar performers in the Empiresaal of the Esterházy
Palace. An afternoon tour of Forchtenstein Castle is also planned which will return you to Eisenstadt by 5:30 pm. That evening, you can enjoy a chamber music concert
festival musicians at the Haus der Begegnung followed by a reception.This is also the last day for shopping since Saturday is a holiday and the stores are closed.
Saturday, August 15 - In the morning we will perform Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass 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.
Sunday, August 16 - Begin Festival bus transfers to Vienna International Airport 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 depa