Great Perfomances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017

Great Perfomances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:00pm

Pictured:Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017.

Credit: Courtesy of Terry Linke

The world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 14th open-air concert, with a program inspired by fairy tales and myths led for the second time by German pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace Gardens. The Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017, a Great Performances presentation, airs on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Fairy tales, myths, legends and sagas are closely entwined with many composers and compositions. They have served as inspiration, models and sources for many musical works, several of which have been selected for this concert. Some are new and some are old; some are German, Bohemian, and Russian; some are based on literary models and one is a composer's opinion about a myth.

The concert soloist is renowned soprano Renée Fleming who performs two arias from operas by Antonin Dvořák: the famous ‘Song to the Moon’ of the water nymph Rusalka and the aria of the sorceress Armida from the operas of those names, as well as three songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff: “Twilight,” “Sing not to me, beautiful maiden” and “Spring Waters.”

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