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Videos and Podcasts!. From Christmas markets to delicious seasonal Vanillekipferl cookies –

Advent in Vienna never fails to get visitors in the Christmas spirit.
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     Being Giacomo Casanova
Hollywood star John Malkovich will be back on stage at the Ronacher theater playing Casanova in The Giacomo Variations. This musical theater project explores new perspectives on some of Mozart’s fairytale opera scenes.
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     Start The New Year With A Bang In Vienna
The New Year’s Trail transforms the historic city center into a giant party venue on December 31.
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     Open Air Winter
In Vienna, al fresco fun is not just for the summer – get a different take on outdoor life in the city when the mercury heads south at the MuseumsQuartier, around Karlsplatz and amongst the vineyards on the Nussberg hill.
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     A Piece Of Vienna Under The Christmas Tree
A special gift from Vienna as a Christmas present? The fantastic designer pieces in the Wien Products collection all have a uniquely Viennese charm.
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     Preview of the 2012 Klimt Year
There will be more works by Gustav Klimt on display in Austria in 2012 than ever before. This landmark commemorative year will celebrate the genius art nouveau painter’s 150th birthday.
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Being Giacomo Casanova
A joint production by Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen casts Hollywood actor John Malkovich in the role of Giacomo Casanova at Vienna's Ronacher. In this comedy John Malkovich plays lothario Casanova, who, with his best days behind him and death just around the corner, embarks on a quest to find the meaning of life. Actress Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė plays the various incarnations of the women in Casanova's life.

Malkovich's character is sung by Austrian baritone Florian Boesch, while the singing voice for Dapkūnaitė's role is supplied by soprano Eva Liebau. The soloists perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte in an arrangement supplemented by new compositions from Bernhard Lang. The Giacomo Variations musical theater project was initiated by Michael Sturminger (script) and Martin Haselböck (conductor) to introduce a new angle on some of Mozart's more fantastical works and take classical music to new audiences.
The Giacomo Variations

Jan 5-9, 2011
Ronacher, Seilerstätte 9, 1st district
www.musicalvienna.at

 

Start The New Year With A Bang In Vienna
Vienna's New Year's Trail has it all for anyone looking to celebrate the turn of the year under the stars with thousands of other partygoers.  The streets of the first district are lined with stands selling punch and tasty delicacies, and numerous stages work up an atmosphere with shows, waltzes, operetta, rock and folk music.  At midnight on December 31 each year, St. Stephen's Cathedral's legendary Pummerin (boomer) bell rings in the New Year much to the delight of the crowds on Stephansplatz.

The Kaiserball (www.kaiserball.at) at the Hofburg and numerous New Year's Eve galas at other venues around Vienna, including City Hall and the capital's luxury hotels, get guests in the party mood.

The last day of the year would not be the same without the traditional performance of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus at the Vienna State Opera House.

New Year's Day usually gets underway with a hangover breakfast at one of the city's countless coffee houses, or at City Hall Square where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's Concert is broadcast on the big screen.

For the first time this year Schönbrunn Palace will host a New Year's market which continues the proud tradition of the Culture and Christmas market held each year in front of this stunning Baroque palace. The much-loved handcrafted wares and delicious refreshments will be supplemented by a number stands offering traditional New Year's gifts.

Open Air Winter
Winter im MQ is the yuletide spectacular at Vienna's MuseumsQuartier. With six different ice pavilions serving delicious specialty punches and delicious snacks, the courtyard of this cultural complex is the perfect place to warm up and get in the Christmas spirit. In the evenings, projections play across the facades of the buildings in the MQ and DJ sounds drift through the night sky.  Sporting entertainment comes in the shape of an illuminated curling rink and a miniature automobile slalom course. Winter im MQ is open until December 23, 2010.

The Wärmespender market in the Resselpark on Karlsplatz is also open until shortly before Christmas (4pm - midnight, daily). Themed Soup and Soul, this year top Viennese restaurants will serve their favorite soups in front of the Karlskirche. DJs and live artists will provide a side dish of soul music. And the festive fun is all in a good cause - the profits will be donated to various social projects.

Viennese wine is served under the stars in Vienna's vineyards throughout the winter. Award-winning winemaker Mayer am Pfarrplatz runs an outdoor bar in the beautiful vineyards of the Nussberg hill in the 19th district on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, weather permitting. Mayer am Nussberg can be reached on foot, or by free shuttle bus from Pfarrplatz in Heiligenstadt. DJs and live acts start at 10pm.

A Piece Of Vienna Under The Christmas Tree
Wien Products is an umbrella brand launched by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce to give Viennese companies a common identity when presenting their brands on the international stage. A special collection of products arising from various joint projects between selected traditional Viennese companies and designers was launched for the first time in 2006 to showcase Viennese handcraftsmanship.

A group of eleven time-honored Viennese manufacturers have teamed up with various designers for the 2010 Wien Products collection. Internationally renowned glassmaker Lobmeyr has joined forces with equally prestigious Viennese architect Gregor Eichinger to produce a substantial hand-blown, lead-free crystal tumbler featuring a color scheme more commonly found in the realm of architecture. Deep Space is available from Lobmeyr for around EUR 200. Monica Singer and Marie Rahm (aka Polka) designed a set of luxury upholstery and curtain fabrics for Backhausen, a company with a tradition dating back 160 years. The fabrics in the Area collection are made from Trevira, an eco-friendly and recyclable fiber, and cost EUR 85-95 per meter.

Vienna Bag and industrial designer Tino Valentinitsch have come up with a new range of bags for the Wien Products collection. The Vienna Graffiti Bag is made from durable canvas and features a distinctive printed cotton panel. This handmade product, available in a range of colors, retails at about EUR 130. Designer Rainer Scharf and Wiener Silber Manufactur's traditional long-handled mocha pot, Cezve, is a new take on the typically Viennese love of coffee drinking.  This luxury cast iron and silver collectible is available for EUR 1,380.

Klimt was born in Vienna in 1862
There will be more works by Gustav Klimt on display in Austria in 2012 than ever before. This landmark commemorative year will celebrate the genius art nouveau painter’s 150th birthday.

Klimt was born in Vienna in 1862. He spent most of his working life in the Austrian capital and died there in 1918. His works The Kiss, Judith and the Beethoven Frieze are known all over the world. Throughout 2012 numerous Viennese museums will be staging special exhibitions dedicated to the artist, in addition to the Klimt works that are permanently on display in the city.

The Belvedere (www.belvedere.at) is home to the world's largest collection of Klimts (including The Kiss) and will be focusing on the world-famous artist along with outstanding architect and designer Josef Hoffmann in early 2012. Their intensive working relationship which included highlights such as the Beethoven Exhibition (1902) at the Secession Building and the Palais Stoclet (1905-1912) in Brussels set a new benchmark in Europe for the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk. In spring 2012, the Albertina (www.albertina.at), a research centre for Gustav Klimt's work as a draftsman, will put the majority of the works from its 170-strong collection on display to give an unparalleled overview of all the artist's stylistic phases. The pieces from the Albertina's holdings will be complemented by a collection of selected loan exhibits.

The Leopold Museum (www.leopoldmuseum.org) will be hanging major works by Egon Schiele and several other Secession artists alongside paintings by Gustav Klimt during the 2012 Klimt Year, which it will mark with a special exhibition entitled Klimt's Travels. Numerous exhibits from the estate of Klimt's lifelong companion Emilie Flöge are among the works on show. A unique exhibition (www.wienmuseum.at) during spring and summer 2012 to mark the artist's 150th birthday will put the Wien Museum's full Klimt collection on display for the first time. In addition to major oil paintings - including the famous portrait of Emilie Flöge - the Wien Museum's Klimt collection comprises almost 400 sketches, original prints of portraits, poster designs and one of his smocks.

www.klimt2012.info