Following a quieter than usual summer of 2021, we were delighted to put together a tour of Austria for the Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra (Jugend Sinfonie Orchester Zürich). Under the baton of David Bruchez, the orchestra thrilled audiences in Vienna, Graz, St. Wolfgang and Salzburg whilst also raising thousands of euros for charity. Here’s a look at what they got up to:
Day 1 – The group arrived in the city of Vienna after an 8 hour crossing from Zurich. The following day was filled with free time and a rehearsal in the afternoon.
Day 2 – The group continued their rehearsals today in the Musikverein ahead of their performance that evening. The audience were treated to a Chamber music pre-concert in the Grand Foyer from ZYSO’s Horn Quartet. The main performance in the Glass Hall of the Musikverein (pictured below) was an enormous success and the orchestra performed to a full house.
Day 3 – Onwards from Vienna to city number 2 – Graz. The instrument van was loaded and the group set off on the 200km journey south.
Day 4 – Following some free time to explore Graz, the group rehearsed and performed at the Orpheum Concert Hall to over 200 people in the audience!
Day 6 – Following a full free day to explore Graz, the orchestra were on the move again! The next stop on the tour was the famous town of Salzburg, home of Mozart, 250 years ago.
The first concert in this region was at Das Pacher House in the town of St. Wolfgang, a pretty town that sits on the banks of Lake Wolfgangsee. This was a benefit concert to raise money for the Kiwanis Summer Academy, a charity that works with Children with special needs.
Day 7 – The final concert of the tour was in the Odeïon Kultur, a venue with striking concrete contemporary design in the university area of the city. This was also a benefit concert, which raised money for the Hospiz Bewegung in Salzburg. The concert was a great success and fabulous end to the tour.
And no tour is complete without tour selfies! Huge congrats to the Orchestra on their incredible performances and a massive thank you to ACFEA couriers Johan & Tassos for leading the way!