Program 2019

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Eva Ollikainen


Whether in orchestral concerts or leading operatic performances, the young Finnish conductor Eva Ollikainen impresses with her natural authority and infectious enthusiasm, as well as with her elegant and nuanced technique.

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Wiener Symphoniker

As Vienna’s cultural ambassador and concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion’s share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the Austrian capital. The orchestra’s activities centre on innovative projects that are associated with the purposeful cultivation of important Viennese musical traditions.

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Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen

President of the Republik Austria

Alexander Van der Bellen (born in 1944) took office as the Federal President of the Republic of Austria on 26 January 2017.

From 1994 to 2012, Alexander Van der Bellen was a member of the Austrian National Assembly, and from 1999 to 2008 Chairman of the Greens’ Parliamentary Group. From 1997 to 2008, he served as Federal Spokesperson for the Austrian Greens.

Apart from being a politician, Van der Bellen also pursued an academic career. From 1980 to 2009, he was appointed as Full Professor of Economics at the University of Vienna, and from 1990 to 1994, Deputy Dean and then Dean of the University of Vienna School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Willi Mernyi

Chair of the Austrian Mauthausen Committee

Has been the honorary chair of the Austrian Mauthausen Committee since 2000 and, since 2011, the vice chair of the Camp Community Mauthausen as well as board member of the Documentation Centre of the Austrian Resistance. Mernyi is also a member of the board of the ORF Foundation. He has written publications on a range of topics, with a particular emphasis on political education (including the Handbook of Simulation Games, 2005, and “Our (?) America – Austro-American snapshots in context of the US Election 2012”) and communication strategies against right-wing extremism (Demystifying Demagogues, 2010, Far-Right Extremism: Symbols. Codes. Music. Laws, 2011, Stopping Right-wing Agitators – Audio CD 2013). In acknowledgement of his on-going engagement, Mernyi received a medal (Bundesehrenverdienstzeichen) from the Federal Government for services to tolerance and human rights as well as the Marietta and Friedrich Torberg Medal in 2014.

Katharina Stemberger


Born and raised in Vienna, she now splits her time between Vienna and London. Her acting career has spanned light entertainment on television to the tragic heroine in on the stage. Alongside her solo programme she also regularly ensures a full house at the English Theatre in Vienna. From 2013-2015 she was in the new production of Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival. She is currently rehearsing for the “Museum of Dreams” at Schloss Ambras and is preparing for the summer production of “Diener zweier Herren”. Katharina Stemberger is a professor at the private university of the City of Vienna.

“Regardless of whether I’m in a play, filming a movie or doing my solo programmes, I’m always telling people a story – so I’d say I’m a storyteller”, she said about herself.






Shaul Spielmann

Concentration camp survivor

Shaul Spielmann is a Holocaust survivor. He is still active today as an eyewitness and works especially with young people toward "Never Again".
Shaul was born in Vienna. He was arrested in Vienna in 1942 and deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Spielmann survived six concentration camps, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp and the Mauthausen concentration camp system. In May 1945 he was liberated by the US Army from what was for him the worst concentration camp: Gunskirchen. However, solidarity was of great importance for his survival and remains important today.

Fest der Freude 2016


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