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Vienna: Concert for Europe

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Get ready for the Europa Konzert (Concert for Europe) on May 24, 2007. For the fourth time the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace will open up to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Valéry Gergiev, who is currently serving as the chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Everyone is invited and admission is free. Since its inception the concert has attracted thousands of visitors and millions of viewers worldwide. Famous stars on the classical scene like Lang Lang and Placido Domingo have also graced the event. This year the theme is one of welcoming Russia to Europe, and the program includes compositions from famous Russian composers like Tschaikowsky’s “The Nutcraker” and Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps.”

We recommend arriving before 8 p.m., as many people will surely show up early to bask in the expected 25-Celsius weather. Bring your children (six and up) before 2 p.m. to take advantage of Thursday’s children’s free guided tour at the Tiergarten Schönbrunn. The tour meeting point is in front of the cashier windows of Schönbrunn’s Hietzing entrance.

Schloss Schönbrunn, which used to be the Habsburgs’ summer residence, is located in the 13th District.

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