Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn presented by Rolex

The Vienna Philharmonic presents
a gift to the Viennese and to the guests of Vienna.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Concert: 8:30 pm
Place: Schönbrunn Palace, Palace Gardens
in front of the Neptune Fountain
1130 Vienna

Should the concert on May 25th have to be postponed due to weather conditions, it will be performed on May 26th.



Antonín Dvořák

Carneval. Ouvertüre für großes Orchester, op. 92

„Za štíhlou gazelou“, Arie der Armida aus „Armida“, op. 115

Lied an den Mond aus „Rusalka“

Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky

Adagio. Pas d'action und Walzer aus „Dornröschen“. Suite, op. 66a, Nr. 2

Sergej Rachmaninow

Sumerki (Twilight), op. 21, Nr. 3 [Orchestrierung: Walter Mnatsakanov]

Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Sing not to me, beautiful maiden), op. 4, Nr. 4 [Orchestrierung: Walter Mnatsakanov]

Vesenniye vodi (Spring waters), op. 14, Nr. 11 [Orchestrierung: Walter Mnatsakanov]

Engelbert Humperdinck

Vorspiel zu "Hänsel und Gretel"

John Williams

Hedwig’s Theme aus "Harry Potter"

Igor Strawinsky

Danse infernale, Berceuse und Finale aus "L'Oiseau de feu" ("Der Feuervogel"). Ballettsuite (Fassung 1919)

Photo © Richard Schuster


Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor

Christoph Eschenbach Photo Credit: Richard Schuster
Born in Breslau, Germany (today Wroclaw, Poland), Christoph Eschenbach studied piano with Professor Eliza Hansen and won in his young age numerous piano competitions.
His grand classic repertoire is ranging from J.S. Bach to music of our time and reflects his commitment to not just canonical works but also to the music of the late- 20th and early-21st-century.
Christoph Eschenbach has received the 2014 Grammy Award for his recording of works by Hindemith performed with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and the violinist Midori.

Renée Fleming, Soloist

Renée Fleming Photo Credit: Decca/Timothy White
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence.
At a White House ceremony in 2013, the President awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.
Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. In recent years, Renée has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, as the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.


We highly recommend getting to Schönbrunn Palace by bicycle.

Details will be announced at a later date.
The Wiener Linien will greatly increase the frequency of all available lines and modes of transport which lead to Schönbrunn.
Because of the large number of visitors, we ask you to schedule at least an extra 30 minutes for your arrival. We also recommend to take into consideration alternative routes other than the U4.

Underground: U4 to Schönbrunn or Hietzing

Apart from the U4 you may reach the Schönbrunn palace with the following public transports:

Underground U3
  • U3 Station Johnstraße → change to bus 10A to Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace)
  • U3 Station Hütteldorfer Straße → change to streetcar 10 to Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace)
  • U3 Station Westbahnhof → change to streetcar 58 to Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace) OR change to streetcar 52 to Penzinger Straße, 300m walk
Underground U6
  • U6 Station Westbahnhof → change to streetcar 58 to Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace) OR change to streetcar 52 to Penzinger Straße, 300m walk
  • U6 Station Niederhofstraße → hange to bus 10A to Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace)
  • 10 and 58: to Station Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace) or Station Hietzing/Kennedybrücke
  • 52: to Station Penzinger Straße
  • 49: to Station Hütteldorfer Straße → change to streetcar 10 OR: Station Johnstraße → change to bus 10A
  • 10A to Station Schönbrunn or Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace)
With the S-Bahn
  • S45, S50 to Penzing → Streetcar 52 (Station Diesterweggasse)
Arriving in Vienna with the ÖBB
  • from Bahnhof Meidling → U6 to Niederhofstrasse → Bus 10A to Schönbrunn
  • from Westbahnhof → Streetcar 58 to Schloss Schönbrunn or Streetcar 52 to Penzinger Strasse → 300m on foot

Wiener Linien Route Planner
Due to the very limited availability of parking spaces we do NOT RECOMMEND arrival by car.

Visitor Information

Please note:

  • The access areas Meidlinger Tor (eastside of the palace), Hitzinger Tor (westside of the palace) and the main entrance of the Palace grounds will remain opened until 1 am. The other access areas will be closed at 9 pm.
  • The bringing and use of chairs, benches, blankets and other types of seats into the event grounds is not allowed, because all zones and paths must be kept free as means of egress.
  • Should the event grounds have to be cleared in the event of inclement weather warnings, we ask you to do this calmly and assist others around you. Please keep all passageways clear at all times.
  • In all zones there will be First Aid stations, WCs and food stalls.
  • Baby prams are not permitted on the event grounds!
  • Due to official regulation, pets are not allowed in the gardens and onto the event grounds.
  • Please follow the instructions of police, fire department, city officials, property owners, the presenter and security personnel.
  • Riding and transporting bicycles on palace grounds is prohibited.

Facilities for Persons with Reduced Mobility

The following barrier-free areas will be available for persons with reduced mobility:

  • barrier-free viewing area(s)
  • barrier-free restroom(s)
  • barrier-free parking places

World Cultural Heritage Site

The UNESCO has declared Schönbrunn Palace a World Cultural Heritage Site. The Palace is one of Austria's most important cultural assets and tourist attractions. During the 20th meeting of the World Heritage Committee in December 1996, the palace was added to the registry of World Heritage Sites, which was started in 1972. The addition of Schönbrunn Palace to this prestigious listing confirms the significance of the palace and its entire grounds as a baroque Gesamtkunstwerk.

We kindly request our concert visitors to respect this setting and treat the palace grounds with care.

Schönbrunn Palace