The Vienna Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of FRANK WILDHORN’s “Danube Symphony” at the Wiener Musikverein on November 3
The “Danube Symphony” marks the first time that the work of an American composer is admitted to the repertoire of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
NEW YORK, NY, USA, October 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Vienna Symphony Orchestra At the world premiere of “Danube Symphony” by FRANK WILDHORN at the Wiener Musikverein – November 3
Wildhorn’s ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and ‘Dracula’ sequels will also be released
The “Danube Symphony”/”Donau Symphony” This is the first time that the work of an American composer has been admitted to the repertoire of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
New York, NY (October 17, 2022) – The Vienna Symphony Orchestra will world premiere “Danube Symphony” / “Donau Symphony” by Frank Wildhorn on November 3, 2022 at the renowned Wiener Musikverein in Vienna with special suites of Wildhorn classics on Broadway, “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Dracula” also made their symphonic debuts. Wildhorn is the Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominated composer of Whitney Houston’s number one hit “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and became the first American composer in twenty-two years to have three simultaneous shows on Broadway with “Jekyll & Hyde “, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “The Civil War”. The “Danube Symphony”/The “Donau Symphony” marks the first time that an American composer is admitted to the repertoire of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Wiener Symphoniker).
The evening program, conducted by Koen Schoots and performed by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Wiener Symphoniker), includes a whole new palette of music, including: the “Jekyll & Hyde” suite (arranged and orchestrated by Kim Scharnberg) and the “Dracula” suite (arranged and orchestrated by Koen Schoots) followed by the “Danube Symphony”/”Donau Symphony” (arranged and orchestrated by Kim Scharnberg), all composed by Frank Wildhorn.
First came the CD production of the composer’s first symphony – capturing the composition with an extraordinarily large cast of 96 members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, recorded by MG-SOUND STUDIOS at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in 2021 and produced by HitSquad Records. Now, in 2022, the same sixty minutes that make up the recording are celebrated with what will be a first climax in the history of the composition: its world premiere at the historic Wiener Musikverein. Both are supported and guided by Walter Feucht – entrepreneur and music enthusiast – in whom Frank Wildhorn has not only found a friend, but also a mentor.
The lavish Great Hall of the Musikverein (Großer Musikvereinssaal) with its inimitable acoustics, hosts the annual New Year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Neujahrskonzert), making it a household name among millions of music lovers. The second encore of the concerts – traditionally Johann Strauß II’s An der schönen blauen Donau (The Blue Danube) – is also dedicated to Europe’s second largest river, further linking Wildhorn’s “Donau Symphony” with the historicity of the place of its premiere – while filling it with entirely new sounds.
The symphony describes a delicately flowery spring, or a waltzing Viennese summer, as well as heroic processions and a story of the Danube distorted by the changing of the seasons.
The sixty minutes that make up the “Donau Symphony” are a very romantic declaration of love to the river and its history, reiterating the story of a 1770-mile stream, which crosses Europe from west to east like a force unifying. It’s an American take on European immortality that takes a waterless musical tradition and brings it into the present.
In the conductor’s gallery – who pleasantly interprets Wildhorn’s vision between composition and orchestra – is Koen Schoots, whose work on a variety of highly successful productions – including, for example, the Komische Oper Berlin – as well as his many years as musical director of the Vereinigten Bühnen in Vienna made him famous and appreciated throughout Europe.
“Frank Wildhorn has created beautiful emotional music with a lot of heart”, praises Anton Sorokow, concertmaster at the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
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ABOUT FRANK WILDHORN
The works of composer/producer Frank Wildhorn, nominated for multiple Grammy, Tony and Emmy Awards, span the worlds of popular, theatrical and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three simultaneous shows on Broadway with “Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “The Civil War”. Also for Broadway: “Bonnie & Clyde”, “Dracula”, “Victor/Victoria”, “Wonderland”, and the revival of “Jekyll & Hyde”. West End: “Bonnie & Clyde”. International: “Carmen”, “Camille Claudel”, “Casanova”, “Cyrano”, “Death Note”, “Fist of the North Star”, “Mata Hari”, “Mitsuko”, “Never Say Goodbye”, “No Longer Human”, “Rudolf”, “Tears from Heaven”, “The Count of Monte Cristo”, “The Laughing Man”, “Your Lie in April”, and “Xcalibur”. Coming soon: “La Chanson de Bernadette” and “La Réunion”. He produced “Harlem Song” at the famous Apollo Theater. The Korea Times recently proclaimed Wildhorn as “Korea’s most beloved musical composer”.
The entire Wildhorn “Danube Symphony” will be performed by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere on November 3, 2022 at the Musikverein. Directed by Koen Schoots, the show will also include suites from the Wildhorn productions of “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Dracula” with orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg and Koen Schoots, respectively. The “Danube Symphony”/”Donau Symphony” marks the first time that the work of an American composer will be included in the repertoire of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The “Danube Symphony” was released on CD and streaming services in December 2021 via HitSquad Records.
Frank was musical director of the Goodwill Games in New York (1998). He wrote the song “Gold”, the opening number for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Artists who have recorded and performed Frank’s works include: Whitney Houston (the #1 international hit “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Linda Eder, Freddie Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Stacy Lattisaw, Molly Hatchet, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Amy Grant, Anthony Warlow, for n to name a few.
He received the prestigious Charles Dickens Award from USC, where there is a scholarship in his name, and is an associate artist at the Alley Theater in Houston.
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