Art and culture are not the privilege of large cities - on the contrary: in Radstadt, with its population of just under 5,000, the Kulturkreis Das Zentrum has been presenting an exceptional concert and cultural program for over 35 years. For years, the festival has been an insider tip among music lovers. Old acquaintances and exciting new discoveries bring life to the "old town in the mountains" at the foot of the Radstädter Tauern.

Compositions by W.A. Mozart meet traditional singing from southern Africa and African songs are introduced to classical music in the Mozartian sense. The result is a new sound that spans two continents and shows how different styles can profitably cross-fertilize each other and how dusty clichés can be cleared up musically. MoZuluArt is congenially accompanied by the Ambassade String Quartet, a quartet of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

MoZuluArt © Georg Cizek-Graf

MoZuluArt © Georg Cizek-Graf

The Minetti Quartet has been a regular guest at the Paul Hofhaimer Tage since 2010. "Four who can do it, elegance and lightness paired with joy of playing, a musical sensation from Austria" - this is what the international press wrote about the quartet.
The Upper Austrian world symphonist Anton Bruckner is being celebrated all over the world. His 200th birthday is also being celebrated in Radstadt with Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. How is that possible? The Schönberg students Hanns Eisler, Erwin Stein and Karl Rankl make it possible. They have arranged the symphony for less than a dozen musicians and the Ensemble Moasik of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz bring the masterpiece to the stage with transparency and lightness.

Minetti Quartet © Irene Zandel

Minetti Quartet © Irene Zandel

The orchestra was recently awarded the prestigious "ICMA Special Achievement Award 2024" for its complete recording of the Bruckner symphonies.
Early music is promised by the BachWerkVokal ensemble with its director Gordon Safari. Motets by J. S. Bach and Francesc Valls can be heard in dialog at Schloss Höch, the only Renaissance castle in the province of Salzburg.
Unconventional musical encounters in unusual spaces complete the program: early music and new sounds are made audible here.

Program 2024:

Concert to set the mood for the festival
Gregor Unterkofler, harpsichord
Detlef Mielke, Violoncello-Piccolo
J.S. Bach viola da gamba sonatas BMV 1027 and 1028
May 29, 7 pm, Zeughaus am Turm Radstadt


Opening & concert
Elisabeth Schweeger, director of "Capital of Culture Salzkammergut 2024"

Mozuluart & Ambassade String Quartet
May 30th 7 pm, Radstadt town hall


Children's concert
When the organ ran out of air

Organ: Bernhard Schneider, Narrator: Maria Hauer
May 31, 4 pm, Radstadt parish church


Chamber concert
Minetti Quartet

Anton Webern, W.A. Mozart, Antonin Dvorak
May 31, 7 pm, Schloss Höch Flachau

Schloss Höch Flachau © Gemeinde Flachau

Schloss Höch Flachau © Gemeinde Flachau

Orchestra concert
Bruckner Orchestra Linz
Anton Bruckner Symphony No.7
June 1, 4 p.m., Radstadt Monastery Church


Evening concert
Ensemble Bachwerkvocal

Motets by J. S. Bach and Francesc Valls
June 1, 8.30 pm Monastery Church Radstadt

Song matinee "The beautiful miller"
Thomas Rettensteiner, baritone

Stephanie Hoernes, piano
June 2, 11 a.m., Schloss Höch Flachau

Pub music
Goldbrass Quintet

June 2, 3 p.m., Gasthof Stegerbräu Radstadt

 

Attractive all-inclusive cultural packages: www.radstadt.com/hofhaimer