Allegretto feiert Jubiläum!

Seit 30 Jahren ist er "Schirmherr" der Kinder- und Jugendprojekte der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde - ursprünglich zuständig für ein einziges "Fest für Kinder" im Jahr, mittlerweile verantwortlich für weit über 200 Projekte und 50.000 Besucherinnen und Besucher pro Saison.
Den Anstoß zur Gestaltung von Kinderkonzerten im Musikverein gab vor 30 Jahren der damals neu bestellte Intendant Dr. Thomas Angyan. Anlässlich einer musikalischen Modellproduktion zu Goethes "Faust" für Kinder sprechen Intendant Angyan, Autor und Schauspieler Andy Hallwaxx, Kuratorin Désirée Hornek und Marko Simsa, treuester Allegretto-Gestalter seit Anbeginn, über Vergangenheit und Gegenwart einer Erfolgsgeschichte. 

Marko Simsa gestaltet auch die Jubiläumskonzerte am 28. April 2019 um 11.00 und 16.00 Uhr mit Sergej Prokofjews "Peter und der Wolf"

Lesen Sie auch den Artikel "Forever Young" aus unserem Musikfreunde Magazin.

Pictures of an Exhibition

The "Pictures of an Exhibition" by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgski offered over 2,000 elementary school students a great introduction to the world of classical music. In cooperation with the Albertina, workshops were held in advance in which, in addition to the musical preparation, a museum educational tour of the exhibition "Monet-Picasso" was made possible. In the concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, three pictures ("The Old Castle" - "Ballet of the Cuts in their Eggshells" - The Baba Yaga Hut ") were danced by a group of children on stage.

A project of the Wiener Symphoniker / Young Symphony Workshop on 20.2.2018, Albertina, Vienna School Concerts on 5.3.2018, Musikverein Wien, Great Hall Constantin Trinks, Conductor Marko Simsa, Host Karin Steinbrugger, Choreography Emma, ​​Mia, Niki, Lea, Lisa, Sarah, Leonie, Elena, Valerie, Helen, Marlene, Phoebe, Marie · Dancers

The snowman in the Brahms-Saal

Review of the production of Walter Samuel Bartussek for our Allegretto children: Pierrot, a poor musician, loves Columbine, who is so closely guarded by her jealous guardian Pantalone that the two young people can hardly ever get together. Then a snowman takes the initiative and decides to help.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was only 11 years old when he wrote the enchanting story and put it into music. Emperor Franz Joseph also appeared for the successful premiere in the Hofoper. For Korngold's 120th birthday, the story of the adventurous snowman was retold.


“You really do all look as though you come from the 19th century!” Presenter Lilian Genn thus expressed her astonishment at the sight of her audience: pupils, coming from more than 20 different primary schools, had constructed wonderful bonnets and top hats for the concert taking place in the Goldene Saal and were waiting excitedly in the Musikverein. The children received a warm welcome at the “Schubertiade” not only from their hostess but also from the guest musicians. These were members of the Wiener Symphoniker, performing a wide variety of chamber music pieces from trio to octet, followed by excerpts from Franz Schubert’s orchestral works under the leadership of Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno – also wearing an elegant top hat. The orchestra were in 19th century mode too of course, and there were all kinds of opportunities for the children in the audience to participate in making music: That morning showed just how wonderful it is to hear 100 primary school children singing the theme from Schubert’s beautiful Trout Quintet – enough to give anyone goose bumps – and of course we also found out just how well the Wiener Symphoniker’s musicians could sing and dance!

Mozart goes to Prague

In the second school concert given by the Wiener Symphoniker in the 2014-15 Season, the orchestra and its audience made a musical journey to the Prague of 1787. The concert began with the audience taking an imaginary coach on the long journey from Vienna to Prague. Luckily, there were a couple of instruments in the luggage and musicians on board to entertain travellers along the way! On arrival in Prague, the audience found itself the guests of an academy event to honour Mozart: The orchestra and its maestro came onto the stage and played excerpts from “The Marriage of Figaro”, which was the most well-loved opera in Prague at that time. Following this, the young audience experienced something else that was very special: The “premiere” performance of the Prague Symphony by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

The children were closely involved in the entire event – singing and dancing and even participating in the Prague Symphony performance - while of course both orchestra and audience members came in costume. It was indeed a concert experience for all the senses! 

Video: Clipfabrik (c) Niki Lappas

Festive concert for small and large pipes

On March 27, 2011, the new organ of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna with a programme by Robert Steiner and Rolf Rüdiger was introduced to the youngest music lovers.
The two were actively supported by Martin Haselböck who not only played the organ but also explained how it works for the young audience. A successful event for small and large audiences in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein.

Article "Festkonzert für kleine und große Pfeifen" from the Musikfreunde Magazin May / June 2014 (German only).