Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)
Thursday, August 3 - Arrive in Vienna, capital of the Habsburg Empire and center of classical music. A Festival representative will meet flight arrivals for your transfer in air-conditioned buses to your hotel in Eisenstadt. Take time to unpack and enjoy a brief walk around this beautiful, small city.
Friday, August 4 - Begin with breakfast at your hotel. Festival Orientation begins at the Kulturzentrum, located across from Hotel Burgenland, followed by morning rehearsals for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. While performers are in rehearsal, Observers will meet with festival staff to review the schedule before exploring Eisenstadt on a short walking tour that includes a matinee performance by the resident string quartet in the Haydnsaal of the Esterhazy Palace. Following lunch, there will be an informative lecture at the Kulturzentrum given by Dr. Walter Reicher, Intendant of the Haydn Festspiele, who will share his insights on Joseph Haydn. Rehearsals will continue in the afternoon while Observers have an opportunity to tour Haydn’s house. That evening we return to the Kuturzentrum for the Opening Convocation of the Festival with participants as guests of the Governor of Burgenland at a reception following the convocation.
Saturday, August 5 – Morning rehearsals will continue in the Kulturzentrum for chorus and orchestra. During this time, Observers will have an opportunity to tour the ancient Judengasse to view exhibitions from the Jewish museum, the synagogue belonging to the Palais Wertheimer, and the Jewish cemeteries.
Rehearsals then continue in the afternoon for the chorus, orchestra and soloists while Observers are invited to attend a wine tasting seminar hosted by Eva Wagner's Weinhaus. The rest of the evening is free to do as you wish or you may attend the optional trip (additional cost) offered for the St. Margarethan Opera Festival in nearby Steinbruch, where you will experience one of Europe’s loveliest open air stages. The opera being performed is Verdi’s Rigoletto. A bus will pick you up at your hotel and Festival personnel will accompany you to the opera.
Sunday, August 6 - The morning is open for musicians to perform in area church services or to rehearse. In the afternoon, group tours of the Esterhâzy Palace are offered led by an English speaking tour guide. That evening, festival participants can enjoy a chamber music concert at the Haydn Conservatory, featuring some of our festival musicians.
Monday, August – Morning and afternoon rehearsals for chorus, orchestra, and soloists will be in the Esterhâzy Palace. Following lunch, we will learn about the Esterhazy family from Walter Burian, Director of the Haydn Conservatory, who has also co-authored a book on the Esterhazy family. At 5:30 pm, everyone is invited to attend the Mayor's Reception at the Rathaus, welcoming festival participants to Eisenstadt with some light refreshments. The evening is free to do as you like.
Tuesday, August 8- Morning and afternoon rehearsals continue. Following the morning rehearsal, participants will have a rare opportunity to view original manuscripts from the Esterhazy Family archives. The evening is free.
Wednesday, August 9 - Chorus, orchestra and soloists will have morning and afternoon rehearsals. Evening is open.
Thursday, August 10 - The morning is open for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. There will be a short brush up rehearsal early afternoon for the evening Gala Concert performance presented as part of the Haydn Festival concert series. Following the concert, enjoy the Directors' Reception hosted by the Classical Music Festival in the Gartensaal,
Friday, August 11 -This is one of three optional tour days. Trip destinations are being finalized. For all tours, a bus will pick you up at your hotel and Festival personnel will accompany you. Those not on these trips may have a free day for exploring on your own, visiting museums, sightseeing, or shopping.
Saturday, August 12 -. There will be a morning rehearsal for the chorus, orchestra and soloists at the Bergkirche. After morning rehearsals, enjoy a tour of the historic Bergkirche where Haydn's late masses were first performed and visit Haydn's mausoleum. Those who wish, may also tour the stations of the cross. The Piano Seminar concludes with a final piano recital today in the Empiresaal which is open to all festival participants. Mid afternoon we will travel a short distance to the town of Mattersburg, where we will perform Haydn’s Heiligmesse at the Mattersburg parish church as a part of the Saturday evening mass. Following the mass we will be guests for dinner at a country inn in the quaint village of Pöttelsdorf
Sunday, August 13 - Buses take us to Vienna's historic St. Stephen's Cathedral for a performance of Haydn’s Heiligmesse as a part of the Sunday morning liturgical mass. The afternoon is free in Vienna for sightseeing on your own or as part of a tour at the Vienna Opera House. There is also a faculty piano recital at the Mozarthaus featuring piano faculty artists, Alan Chow, Alvin Chow, and Andrew Cooperstock. Late afternoon buses return to Eisenstadt. The evening is free to do as you like.
Monday, August 14 – This is another free day or optional tour day. This is also the last day for shopping since Tuesday is a holiday and the stores are closed..
Tuesday, August 15 - In the morning we will perform Haydn’s Heiligmesse at the Bergkirche, the Esterhazy's church where Haydn's last six masses and Beethoven's Mass in C Major were first performed and where Haydn is now buried. This mass celebrates the holy day of Maria Himmelfahrt Festgottesdienst (Ascension of Mary). Following the service we will be guests of the church at a reception in the building where Haydn and the other Esterházy musicians lived. For our final festival event, join us at Hotel Ohr for a farewell lunch. The rest of the day is free for packing for your departure.
Wednesday, August 16 - Begin Festival bus transfers to Schwechat Airport, Vienna, for return flights home. Several buses will be scheduled throughout the morning to get participants to the airport a couple of hours prior to your flight departure.