Austria's Tonk‹nstler Orchestra to Build Summer Home in 13th-Century Castle

Classic Arts News   Austria's Tonk‹nstler Orchestra to Build Summer Home in 13th-Century Castle
 
Two new performance venues to be built at Austria's Schloss Grafenegg, a 13th-century castle, will serve as the summer home of the Tonk‹nstler Orchestra and the site of a new summer music festival.

The Metternich-Sandor family, which owns the castle, and the state of Lower Austria, plan an open-air stage, to seat 1,650, on the castle grounds and a concert hall, to seat 1,200, in a former riding school.

Starting in 2007, the two halls will host the Grafenegg Musical Festival, which will be directed by pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

The Tonk‹nstler Orchestra, which performs in Vienna and several nearby cities, has performed in existing spaces at Schloss Grafenegg for the last 25 years. Kristjan J‹rvi, the youngest son of conductor Neeme J‹rvi and the founder of New York's Absolute Ensemble, is the orchestra's chief conductor.


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