Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)
Sunday, 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 7:00 pm, a 30-minute house meeting will be held at each hotel.
Monday, August 5 - Begin with breakfast at your hotel. Festival Orientation begins in the Haydnsaal at the Esterházy Palace, followed by morning rehearsals for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. While performers are in rehearsal, Observers will meet with festival staff to review the schedule before touring 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. Pianists will meet at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium to review the schedule and attend the opening lecture delivered by Dr. Magrath. Chorus and orchestra will continue with afternoon rehearsals following lunch while piano seminar attendees and Observers tour the Esterhazy Palace. Following the tour, pianists will return to the Conservatory for an afternoon Q & A with Alan Chow and Alvin Chow about Practice, Competitions and Programing. 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.
Tuesday, August 6 – Morning rehearsals will continue for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. Piano seminar participants will meet in the morning for Lauren Schack Clark's lecture recital on Mozart's Piano Variations. Following the lecture, observers and pianists will tour Haydn's house. After lunch, there will be an informative lecture on the Esterházy Family given by Dr. Walter Burian, former Director of the Haydn Conservatory, who has also co-authored a book on the Esterhazy's. Following the lecture, Prof. Holzschuh will have original manuscripts from the Esterházy archives of the Harmoniemesse available for viewing. 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 led by Ralf Heiber. The chorus, orchestra and soloists will return to the palace for an evening rehearsal. The evening is open for pianists who wish to practice.
Wednesday, August 7 - Morning, afternoon, and evening 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 a master class led by Jane Magrath followed by a lecture on Ornamentation and the Transition from J.S. Bach to the Classical Period given by David Heller. In the afternoon, Alan Chow will lead the third master class. 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. 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 will include time for rehearsal and practicing for pianists while the chorus, orchestra and soloists are in rehearsal.
Thursday, August 8 - 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, and an afternoon master class taught by Alvin Chow. 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 of Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Symphony No. 104 and Barber's Adagio for Strings in the Haydnsaal at Schloss Esterházy. Following the concert, enjoy the Directors' Reception hosted by the Classical Music Festival in the Gartensaal.
Friday, August 9 - Chorus, orchestra, and observers can enjoy a leisurely morning. There will be palace tours late morning for those who have not yet gone on the tour. Piano seminar participants will attend a master class taught by Alan Chow followed by a teacher's roundtable. In the afternoon, chorus, orchestra and soloists will rehearse the Harmoniemesse at the Haydn Conservator in preparation for church mass performances on Saturday and Sunday. Pianists will have the opportunity to attend and participate in a Teachers' Piano Duet Reading. Later in the afternoon, observers and pianists pianists and observers are invited to attend a wine tasting seminar hosted by Eva Wagner's Weinhaus. In the evening, there will be a chamber music concert chamber music at the Haydn Konservatorium featuring a number of our festival musicians.
Saturday, August 10 -. There will be a morning rehearsal for the chorus, orchestra and soloists at the Haydn Conservatory. For pianists, the morning is open for practice, private lessons, and free time. After lunch, David Heller will offer an organ demonstration in the Konzertsaal at the Haydn Conservatory followed by a master class led by Alvin 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 Harmoniemesse 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 11 - Buses take us to Vienna's historic St. Stephen's Cathedral for a performance of Haydn’s Harmoniemesse 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, Alvin Chow and Alan Chow. Late afternoon buses return to Eisenstadt and the evening is free to do as you like.
Monday, August 12 – Enjoy a
leisurely morning or use the time to practice. At 11:00 am, buses will take participants to tour Forchtenstein Castle, returning by 3:00 pm in time for a lecture recital on Beethoven's
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120, given by pianist, Ying-Ying Su and open to everyone. In the evening, join us for a choral and organ concert at the Bergkirche.
Tuesday, August 13 – Enjoy a leisurely morning before attending the final piano recital, given by piano seminar performers in the Empiresaal of the Esterházy Palace. Later in the afternoon, you can enjoy a recital in the Empiresaal featuring Alan Chow and our resident piano trio which includes concertmaster, Xiaocheng Jia (Echo), and our principal cellist, Tomasz Szczęsny. That evening, you can enjoy a chamber music concert featuring our
festival musicians at the Haus der Begegnung followed by a reception.
Wednesday, 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. This is also the last day for shopping since Thursday is a holiday and the stores are closed.
Thursday, August 15 - In the morning we will perform Haydn's Harmoniemesse 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. In the evening, there is also an optional tour offered for those who want to enjoy an evening of opera in nearby St. Margarethen which features a performance of Mozart's Magic Flute. A bus will pick you up at your hotel and festival personnel will accompany you to the opera.
Friday, 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 departure.