The Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna has a particular interest in sharing the joy and fascination of music with children and young people, and to offer a young audience new musical experiences of the very highest quality. The inaugural “Festival for Children” took place in April 1989, with events taking place in every part of the Musikverein building. In the 28 years since then, musical events for children have multiplied steadily and now consist of project series for c. 50,000 young people of all ages from 3 to 19, with more than 230 such events taking place each season.
Artistic performances of the highest quality are developed to suit particular age groups with a particular emphasis on active audience participation, from singing to dancing for the very youngest visitors through the gallery of children’s drawings incorporated in our concert programmes and on our website, to discussions with international stars among conductors and soloists for 15-19 year olds.
The “Topolina”, “Agathes Wunderkoffer” (Agatha’s Box of Wonders) und “Kling Klang” concert series for children aged 3 to 4 are offered both to families and pre-school groups. Our concert clown “Allegretto” has been entertaining children aged 6 and up with his exclusive concerts for almost 30 years, while starting in the 2017/18 Season, “Albertos Abenteuer”(“Alberto’s Adventures”) marks the beginning of a new series for 6-8 year olds. The “Klassik Hits im Goldenen Saal” series, for everyone aged 11 to 99, is a special offer for young people and also introduces classical music to unfamiliar audiences of all ages. In addition, the “capriccio! Jugendkonzerte” for young people aged 13 and over encompasses a broad repertoire taking in all musical styles and allows for interaction between the stage and the audience.
There is also a wealth of events on offer for schools: Primary school classes can experience musical and crime “adventures“ with “Alberto”, while 10- to 14-year-olds gain a grounding in the classical repertoire with the “KlassiX” series. The “am@deus” project brings high school classes into the Musikverein to hear rehearsals for the great orchestral concerts in the Goldene Saal, while the “meet the artist” discussions bring conductors, soloists and orchestra musicians face to face with audiences of young people and their questions. When the ECHO Rising Stars tour schools, students have the opportunity to see the classical stars of the future close up, at the start of their music careers. Concerts moderated by presenters, for all age groups and in cooperation with orchestras, complete this wide-ranging programme.
“Tradition is the passing on of the fire, not the worship of the ashes”, declared Gustav Mahler: Transmitting the fire of musical passion to others is a challenge that we at the Musikverein have set ourselves – peruse our programme and find out more for yourself!