The Fascination of Wind Music
The Viennese wind bands’ gala evening, 2016
A report by Johanna Reiter
Pictures by Hannes Hochmuth – Pressphotographer
Viennese brass and wind bands fascinated an audience that filled the Mozart Hall in Vienna’s Konzerthaus on 23 October, 2016. Presenter Theresia Haiger charmed and entertained throughout the evening, first announcing the Stammersdorf Music Association band.
The Stammersdorf band greeted the audience with the “UNO March“, followed by “Espana“ and the “Maxglaner Gypsy March“, probably best known from their New Year’s Concert.
They were followed by the BOKU Brass Band who played “Celebration“ and, very convincingly, the mysterious “Dance with the Devil“.
The Music Corps of the Lazarus Union spanned a musical arch from the “Coriolan Overture“ by Beethoven to “Music Was My First Love“, for which Michael Wagner appeared as vocalist.
Music Was My First Love
After the break the Vienna Academy Philharmonic Wind Band (ABW) presented the third movement of “Symphony No. 2“ by the contemporary composer David Maslanka. The ABW has made it its task to perform all of his works.
The evening concluded with the Vienna State Wind Orchestra playing the waltz “Gold and Silver“ and Tchaikovsky’s “Coronation March“. For an encore State Director of Music, Herbert Klinger, couldn’t deny the audience “The Radetzky March“.
This brought the evening to a very satisfying conclusion.
Symphonic Brass Orchestra of the Lazarus Union