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Vienna Philharmonic Lecture

Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic

Daniels Pavilion

Feb 26, 4:00pm
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Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Lecture
Monday, February 26, 4pm


Dr. Silvia Kargl, Historical Archivist, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Dr. Friedemann Pestel, Historian, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


This lecture is part of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Residency at Artis—Naples.


Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday in 2018 is a most welcome opportunity to celebrate the unique partnership of the Vienna Philharmonic and its first American-born conductor. For this occasion, the Vienna Philharmonic’s management charged Vienna Philharmonic’s archivist Silvia Kargl and Friedemann Pestel, historian at the University of Freiburg/Germany, to do research in the orchestra’s archives as well as in the Bernstein collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and other places.  In their lecture, they will highlight the significance of Bernstein’s collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic, spanning over 24 years with 197 concerts. New research highlights the difficult way to the first concert in 1966, Bernstein’s relation with Austrian politics, his tours with the orchestra as well as projects unrealized due to his death in 1990. Most of the photos from the Vienna Philharmonic’s archives will be presented to the public for the first time.


As part of Artis—Naples’ continued commitment to community enrichment, this panel discussion is a free event. Secure your ticket today.


The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra residency at Artis—Naples is generously sponsored by Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson. The Visiting Orchestras series is generously sponsored by Collier County Tourist Development Council.

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