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Jazz Fest Wien
From: 2013.06.25 To: 2013.07.09
When for two weeks during the summer the stalls and boxes fill with exuberant audiences and the sounds of jazz resonate throughout the imposing stage area, you know that the annual Jazz Fest has once again taken over the Vienna State Opera. Herbie Hancock has been here, as well as Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson and the “Father of Bossa Nova”, João Gilberto. And because the organizers of Austria’s largest jazz event are not too fussy about the boundaries of the genre, Juliette Greco and Ray Charles have played too. They have all graced the stage of the Vienna State Opera, built between 1863 and 1869 as one of the first monumental structures on the city’s Ring. It's not only the the undogmatic programming and the great jazz stars that creates the special atmosphere of the Jazz Fest Wien however, but also the extraordinary performance venues. Local musicians always feature strongly on the bill, thus Jazz Fest Wien offers urban ambience with a mix of international and Austrian musicians who, when they join forces each summer, transform Vienna into a centre of jazz.