2015 Europe, June 1: Vienna
The tour party left Paris in the morning for the two-hour flight to Vienna, where the Orchestra gives two concerts at the Musikverein. In every city on the tour the Orchestra’s stage personnel work with local crews to efficiently and safely load in (and load out) all the Orchestra’s trunks and other equipment. Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick leads the Orchestra in a sound check at the Musikverein shortly before the hall opened to patrons for the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick in his debut with the Orchestra at Vienna’s famed Musikverein. Photo by Jan Regan.
The sold-out crowd applauds Yannick and the Orchestra at the conclusion of the concert. The world-famous Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic, is arguably one of the finest concert halls in the world due to its superior acoustics and its visual beauty. Designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen, the Musikverein contains numerous performing spaces, including the main concert hall, the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, and a smaller chamber music hall, the Brahms-Saal. The building opened in 1870, with one critic writing, “As high as any expectations could be, they would still be exceeded by the first impression of the hall which displays an architectural beauty and a stylish splendour making it the only one of its kind.” Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick and the Orchestra acknowledge the applause of the audience at the conclusion of the concert of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with Lisa Batiashvili and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan.
After the concert Yannick greets the Honorable Alexa Wesner, United States ambassador to Austria. Also in attendance at the performance were Heinz Fischer, president of Austria, and Eve-Külli Kala, ambassador from Estonia to Austria. Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick and Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore pose backstage at the Musikverein with Laura Lamia, first secretary of the Italian Embassy in Austria. Photo by Jan Regan.