Culture is not just for the elite in Vienna. For example, the Wiener Symphoniker orchestra is known for its outreach concerts around the city districts. And once a year, it also gives a free, open-air performance at the MQ (Museumsquartier).
- Free concert from the world-famous Vienna Symphony Orchestra
- Very central location, easily reached on foot
- The MQ courtyard has plenty of bars and restaurants, too
- 2020 date: evening of May 30
- See also: How to see a concert | Museumsquartier
An open-air concert
The MQ is a kind of pick’n’mix of museums, restaurants, exhibition space, venues and cultural activities. In summer, the large courtyard fills with people eager to enjoy the open-air bars and breathe in the heady scent given off by all that art.
Once a year, the magnificent Wiener Symphoniker (Vienna Symphony) orchestra finds its way into that same courtyard to add a touch of musical sophistication to proceedings. And their open-air concert is entirely free.
As such, the MQ event slips gracefully into a little collection of free annual classical concerts that includes the Fest der Freude on Heldenplatz square in early May, and the Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn Palace in June.
The Wiener Symphoniker is one of the globe’s most prestigious orchestras, regularly appearing at Vienna’s two world-class venues: the Konzerthaus and Musikverein. So consider the MQ event a remarkable opportunity to enjoy outstanding musicians at a cost of, well…nothing.
It’s too early for the 2020 programme, but the conductor has been announced as Aziz Shokhakimov from Uzbekistan.
Winner of the 2016 Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, Shokhakimov is, for example, principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra Uzbekistan and a Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
Shokhakimov returned to Salzburg a year after his award to conduct the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, so he’s no stranger to the city’s musicians…
2020 dates and tickets
The 2020 concert takes place on the evening of Saturday, May 30. I’m not sure of the time yet (it was 8.30pm the previous year, but may be earlier in 2020).
No ticket is required. However, the central courtyard of the MQ has a limited capacity, so go early if you want a decent view.
How to get to the concert
Check the main Museumsquartier article for info on parking, public transport, etc.. The main courtyard is, unsurprisingly, just inside the main entrance at the centre of the complex, sandwiched between the Leopold and MUMOK museums.
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna