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 a world-famous orchestra
- Very central location, easily reached on foot
- The MQ courtyard has plenty of bars and restaurants, too
- 2021 date: provisionally the evening of June 25th
- 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 (in normal times, anyway), 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.
The juxtaposition of classical music and the MQ’s contemporary and modern art installations and museums seems to nicely reflect today’s Vienna.
The Wiener Symphoniker counts as one of the globe’s most prestigious orchestras, regularly appearing at the city’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.
I’ll add 2021 details as I come across them.
For now, it looks like Aziz Shokhakimov will conduct.
2021 dates and tickets
The 2021 concert takes place provisionally on the evening of Friday, June 25th. I’m not sure of the time yet (possibly 7pm?).
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
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