A season closing tour
Every year the Wiener Symphoniker give around 160-170 concerts. At the end of this season stood a short tour to Spain and Greece featuring concerts in Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona and Athens.
With virtuoso violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos the orchestra performed in addition to Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in Spain Brahms First Symphony and both Mozart's "Paris Symphony" and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony in Athens. The performances in Spain were a great success: Orchestra and conductor were celebrated frenetically. The audience's enthusiasm was felt right down to the last rows of sold-out concert halls.
Following the concerts Spain the orchestra flew to Athens for a fulminate final to the tour and season in the historic setting of the Herodes Atticus Theater. The charming open-air scenery directly under the Acropolis certainly contributed to the fact that the audience was enchanted by the performance of the musicians.
That given the huge logistical challenges of touring, getting a truckload from the West of Europe to the East can turn out to be rather tricky, the orchestra had to experience in Athens.
Due to a major accident, the truck with all of the orchestra's instruments was stuck in traffic in Spain and consequently missed two ferries to Greece. To make things worse: Once arrived in Athens the instrument transport turned out to be too large to enter the city centre's small streets. The orchestra's production team however managed to save the day with the help of a small armada of vans and private cares. All instruments arrived just in time for the final rehearsal despite being almost a day late to schedule.
The successful cooperation with Leonidas Kavakos will continue next year. In mid-February 2020 there will be three concert in the Musikverein featuring Beethoven's violin concerto under the baton of Chief Conductor Designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada.