Domingo was to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic at the June 2 concert, the third annual "Concert for Europe," outside the Sch‹nbrunn Palace. The free concerts have drawn approximately 90,000 people in the past. The event was to be broadcast on television across Europe.
The program featured music by Mozart, Schumann, and Shostakovich in honor of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, the 125th anniversary of Schumann's death, and the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich's birth.
According to ORF, organizers were concerned that the rain would damage the instruments of the Philharmonic musicians, despite the roof over the stage.
The organizers are attempting to find a new date for the concert, preferably before Austria gives up the rotating presidency of the European Union on July 1.