The title pretty much tells you all you need to know – the home of music honours the home of movies with excerpts from film scores and songs performed live. And there’s an award ceremony, too.
- Annual gala event celebrating the best of film music
- Programme also features the work of an honoree (Hans Zimmer in 2018)
- Hosted in Vienna’s Konzerthaus concert hall
- Typically held mid-October (the 2018 dates were October 18 and 19)
- See also: Events in Vienna
What’s it all about?
Each year, the city of Vienna presents the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award to a worthy individual and celebrates the event with a gala evening of Hollywoodesque musical entertainment.
Guest musicians, singers, and other artists join the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and a live choir to present a cornucopia of music drawn from the memorable scores and soundtracks of the movie world, accompanied by appropriate highlights on the big screen. A host guides you through the evening in English and German.
It’s a lot of fun, with a thick layer of Viennese propriety to ensure a classic feel. I attended the event way back in 2010 honouring Howard Shore (composer of, among other things, the music for The Lord of the Rings). Here’s a flavour of the evening:
The event has become quite a prestigious one on the international calendar. Past award recipients include numerous Oscar winners, such as John Barry, Alexandre Desplat, James Horner, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, or Randy Newman.
The Konzerthaus venue, built in 1913, is one of Vienna’s top concert halls. In fact, one of the world’s top concert halls. So you’re guaranteed good acoustics and an impressive historical setting.
I don’t have the dates yet. In 2018, it was Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19. Both days feature the same artistic programme, but the award ceremony is on the Friday (so the tickets are a touch more expensive).
As soon as I get details, I’ll post them up. The 2018 event paid tribute to Hans Zimmer, winner of an Oscar and Golden Globe for his Lion King score, and the composer for a long list of top films, including Inception, Gladiator, Rain Man, and Driving Miss Daisy (and lots of other films you’d instantly recognise).
The Hollywood in Vienna website tells you all about the performers, the programme, past events, and more.
Ticket & visitor information
Buy tickets online from the venue. Note that both days are likely to sell out, so don’t hang about if you want to go and especially if you want the cheaper price categories.
How to get to the event
See the Konzerthaus article for directions. It’s quite central and easy to reach by public transport.
Address: Lothringerstrasse 20, 1030 Vienna | Website