The Bruckner Festival is a highlight in Upper Austria's cultural calendar
The musical spirit of Anton Bruckner wafts through Linz. How else could it be, since the master of symphonics was influenced musically in Upper Austria and especially in Linz. As a cathedral and town parish organist, he perfected his organ playing before moving to Vienna to take the form of symphony to its formal limits as a composer. Thus, it is no co-incidence that Linz's concert hall is called the "Bruckner House" and the "Bruckner stairs" where he used to work in the cathedral are dedicated as a memorial to the composer. Bruckner's spirit can be felt even more lively in the streets and lanes of Linz in September, when the Bruckner Festival is on the cultural calendar.
On 14 September 2016, the opening concert with music by Anton Bruckner, Richard Wagner and other composers marks the beginning of the Brucknerfest with the title “nah und fern” (“near and far”). The prelude to a series of 36 performances in total that continue until 15 October. With its partner country South Korea, the Brucknerfest continues its journey through the Far East, which it already embarked on last year. As usual, the large orchestras of Europe, such as the Vienna Philharmonic or the Staatskapelle Dresden, are our guests, as well. The renowned Bruckner Orchestra has a home-field advantage in Linz. The spirit and legacy of Anton Bruckner is more alive than ever in the Linz of 2016. And at the Brucknerfest, he can really kick up his heels.
International Bruckner festival Linz,
13 September to 15 October 2016