Midsummer Night's Gala

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January 1970

It’s the late bird that catches the worm at the Midsummer Night’s Gala! Every year some of the world’s finest soloists meet at the Wolkenturm to greet the summer with a varied programme. The Tonkunstler Orchestra, under the direction of its Music Director Yutaka Sado, rolls out a scintillating carpet of sound in the Schlosspark. In 2020, Rachel Willis-Sorensen, one of the most exciting contemporary vocalists, takes charge of the Wolkenturm. In Grafenegg she will meet Javier Camarena from Mexico, himself a star of bel canto. The young British saxophonist Jess Gillam is a master of her instrument and has been a credit to it at several major events – including the BBC Proms in London.

Program and cast


Tonkunstler Orchestra
Rachel Willis-Sørensen, soprano
Javier Camarena, tenor
Jess Gillam, saxophone
Yutaka Sado, conductor


Grafenegg Festival, Austria

The Grafenegg Music Festival is a new major international Austrian festival for classical music close to Vienna. The annual festival takes place on the grounds of Grafenegg Castle. Two major venues have been built for the festival in the park of the castle: The open-air stage Wolkenturm (capacity 1,730, opened 2007) as well as the new concert hall Auditorium (capacity 1,372, opened 2008).

The artistic director is pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The festival's program consists of symphonic and chamber music as well as recitals. International guest orchestras are performing as well as the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, which serves as orchestra in residence. The first festival started on August, 23rd, 2007 and lasted until September, 9th, 2007.

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