The XXI Austrian Music Weeks, organized by the Austrian Embassy and the Vienna Club, opened in Sofia. On this occasion, on the 2nd of April, H. E. Mr. Roland Hauser- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria,

invited many guests to the "Bulgaria" Hall to enjoy the concert of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Johannes Wildner. The Alban Berg's violin concert and orchestra "The Memory of an Angel" by Alban Berg, with soloist Albena Danailova (violin) and The "Mesa E flat major" by Schubert with the participation of Tsvetana Bandalovska (soprano), Valentina Koutzarova (mezosopran), Mihail Mihaylov (tenor), Georgi Sultanov (tenor), Anton Markov (baritone) and the National Philharmonic Choir "Svetoslav Obretenov" with conductor Slavil Dimitrov, were performed.

Within the 21st Austrian Music Week, there will be another event in the capital. On the 25th of May, at the square in front of the National Palace of Culture, the summer concert of the Viennese Philharmonic at the Schönbrunn Palace, with conductor Christoph Eschenbach, will be presented live. There will be works by A. Dvořák, P.I. Tchaikovsky, S. Rachmaninov, E. Humperdinck, D. Williams, I. Stravinsky.

This year the Austrian Music Weeks run under the slogan "Magic Places - Enchanting Music". That is why the performances of the specially invited Viennese ensemble "5 + 1" will enchant the audience in truly magical places around Bulgaria: on the 14th of June at the Ancient Roman Stadium  (Plovdiv), on the 15th of June on St. Anastasia Island (Burgas),  on the 16th of June on the Trapezitsa Hill (VelikoTarnovo) and on the 17th of June in the Saeva Dupka Cave (Yablanitsa, Lovech).

It should be remembered that the Austrian Music Weeks started in Plovdiv, when in 1996 the Austrian Embassy organized them for the first time, under the initiative of the pianist Maria Chervenlieva- concerts with Austrian music. In the following year, except from the "city under the hills", such weeks were also done in Sofia and then all over the country.

Photo: "Diplomatic Spectrum"