Fest der Freude
On 8th May 2017 at 7.30pm at Vienna’s Heldenplatz, the Austrian Mauthausen Committee (MKÖ), in cooperation with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, will be holding the 5th Festival of Joy to commemorate and celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the liberation from National Socialism.
The Wiener Symphoniker will be conducted by Ádám Fischer and perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, including the Egmont and Leonore Overtures. They will also present with the Viennese violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and with the Finnish soprano Camila Nylund Beethoven's concert aria “Ah Perfido!”. The concert will begin with the world premiere of a new work by the Austrian composer, Kurt Schwertisk, specially composed for the Festival of Joy, called “Here & Now” and end with “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
This year the festival will also be framed by speeches, including from Lucia Heilman who experienced the events. She survived the Nazi regime thanks to the help of a friend of her father who hid her from the Nazis. She was on Heldenplatz in March 1938 and in 2017 she will stand there again, this time to celebrate the day of liberation from the national socialist terror regime.