Sep 02 2017

Two Grafenegg Concerts

Published by at 2:58 am under PSO 2017 European Tour

The Grafenegg Festival is amazing. Just ten years old, it includes a  beautiful castle on farmland and vineyards with a centuries old family history to the present from the Metternich tree. There is a shop where locally grown wine can be tasted and purchased. There are elegant dining options  inside and out. Picnics and reclining chairs spread out across vast lawns. Concerts happen outdoors and in.

Grafenegg concert hall combines the old and the new

Pittsburgh needed to move in as the rains arrived for both concerts. The acoustics are great in the indoor facility so no one was deeply disappointed. Everything gleams. The concert hall sports blond wood. The public areas are shiny white. The audience is exquisite. There were more dirndls and elegant loden jackets in Grafenegg than Salzburg. Manfred Honeck and his brother Rainer, were beaming at the warm applause from the festival fans for their Mozart Third Violin Concerto. The orchestra played two encores each night. Mathias Goerne sang a Mahler encore after his Mahler songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn on night 1. The American Embassy was represented by Stephen A Hubler the Botschaftsrat fur Wirtschaft und Politik who told me he listens to WQED-FM when he drives in to the Pittsburgh area. He and his wife were delighted to hear the orchestra and stressed how important it is to have the cultural export from the US. They live in the Harrisburg area.

Dr Fotias Koumpouras has been emotional and medical support to all. He has connections to both UPMC and Allegheny Health but now lives near Yale where he teaches and conducts arthritis research.  He gets the best dressed award for his lederhosen purchased in Salzburg.

Dr. Fotias Koumpouras in traditional Austrian garb with lederhosen.

The Honeck family was out in force smiling and greeting everyone with graciousness.   Every seat filled.  A total success!

PSO COO Christian Schoernich and Stephen A Hubler from the American Embassy in Vienna

In line to see Manfred Hoeeck

The Brothers Rainer and Manfred Honeck

Grafenegg Composer of the year Brad Lubman and Ensemble Signal Executive Director Sandra Radofsky

Jennifer Orchard and Lorien Hart in the Grafenegg lobby

Associate Conductor Andres Franco

In the Wachau Valley near the Danube River with the Abbey Stift Gottesweig in the distance

The Wolkenturm