A summer night concert with a European focus – wien.ORF.at

The impressive atmosphere between the illuminated Schönbrunn Palace and the Gloriete attracts several thousand visitors each year – last year there were a total of 55,000. The Vienna Philharmonic’s Summer Night Concert is now the most widely broadcast classical event in the world. It is televised in more than 80 countries.

“Moldav” is three works by the composer Smedana

The open air concert will be hosted by Latvian Andris Nelsons for the second time this year. Norwegian opera and songstress Liz Davidson will be on stage as a soloist with two arias from Richard Wagner’s “Dannhäuser” and Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.”

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The Summer Night concert will be conducted by Latvian Andris Nelsons for the second time

The focus of this year’s program is European pieces. For example, three works by composer Petrich (Friedrich) Smetana will be performed, including his most famous: “The Moldau”. Smetana is generally considered the father of Czech music. He died exactly 200 years ago.

Event notification

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert, June 7, 2024, 8:30 p.m. (admission 5:00 p.m.), Schönbrunn Palace Park, free admission.

Access only via Hietzinger and Meidlinger Tor

The event begins with the Rite of the Valkyries from Wagner’s “Die Valkyrie”. Other program items include Augusta Holmes’ “La nuit et l’amour,” Aram Ilyich Khachaturian’s “Saber Dance” from the ballet “Gazane,” and Shostakovich’s “Waltz No. 2” from “Suite for Varied Orchestra.”

Seating is available only to partners and sponsors of the concert. The barrier-free seating area is fully reserved for persons with a valid PWD pass. Only Hietzinger Tor and Meidlinger Tor should be used to access the standing areas. Doors open at 5pm and the concert starts at 8:30pm.

Dress rehearsal of the Vienna Philharmonic's Summer Night concert


Last year’s summer night concert drew 55,000 spectators

Strollers and animals are prohibited

Due to the expected large crowds, visitors are strongly advised to travel by public transport or bicycle. The Wiener linear sums the intervals of all lines leading to the concert floor. U4 and U6 run every three to five minutes. Bus line 10A and tram lines 10 and 60 also run frequently.

Television reference

The Summer Night Concert will be broadcast live on June 7 with time delay: ORF2 from 9:20 pm. 3sat will show the concert on June 8 at 8:15pm.

Bringing picnic blankets, strollers, chairs and other seating is prohibited as escape routes must be clear. Animals are also not allowed to be brought to the concert. Organizers also emphasize that the Gloriettewiese is not part of the event site. Carry-on bags and pouches should not be larger than A4 format.

It is also prohibited to take drinks with you – except for one non-alcoholic drink with a maximum of half a liter per person. However, this only applies to Tetra Pak containers and PET bottles. People with coronavirus symptoms are asked to stay away from the event for safety reasons.

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