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Fête Baroque

PLAYING WITH HISTORY. The corset is laced up, the buckles shine and the wigs are on? Then let the carriage drive up and whisk you away to the “Fête Baroque” in Ossiach. Because on June 29 and June 30, this is the place where history meets modernity and the old will be shining like new at a jolly get-together. Also there: Many of the baroque classics, such as Händel’s “Water Music” which will be freshly reinterpreted by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra and accompanied by an exquisite equestrian ensemble. There will also be a historical puppet show that will take all the little princesses and princes back to the times of Maria Theresia in a refreshed, modern way. You have given your last penny for a deliciously roasted capon? Do not worry: All will be given free entry to the “Fête Baroque” on Sunday. But for the concert on Saturday, we recommend to secure your tickets now!

the concert


Samstag | 20:00 | Fête Baroque - Baltic Sea Philharmonic

The Sound of the Elements

Baltic Sea Philharmonic – a new era of performance The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is a new paradigm for music making in the 21st century. Its concerts are a unique spectacle of sound, light, projection art and choreography; its passion for playing orchestral works from memory transforms the musical experience for both players and audiences; and its performances, under the electrifying baton of Music Director Kristjan Järvi, have a special passion and energy that’s infectious. But even more than this, as a community of musicians from ten Nordic countries, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic transcends geographical and historical boundaries and has become a movement for bringing people together. Embodying all that is innovative and progressive about the Nordic region, this visionary ensemble is taking the traditional orchestral model further than ever before. ‘It is a living breathing creature, with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the new – an adventure in itself’, says Kristjan Järvi.

Baltic Sea Philharmonic & Kristjan Järvi Special Guest Mari Samuelsen

Charles Coleman (1968) Drenched

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) Wassermusik (extracts)

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Der Feuervogel Kristjan Järvi (1972) Aurora for violin and orchestra

Philip Glass (1937) Aguas da Amazonias (Auszüge) orchestrated by Charles Coleman

the concert


Sonntag | 10:00 | Féte Baroque - The Celebration of an Era


Yes and amen

The baroque mass at the grand abbey church is one of the highlights on the second day. The interior is decorated with stucco (Wessobrunner Werkstatt) and frescos (J.F. Fromiller) and offers the perfect backdrop for the baroque-inspired “happy catholocism” that has been called for again today by the historian Peter Hersche.

Queen trumps King

How did the people of the baroque era pass the time to the next feast? Well, with a lot of fun games, of course. The favorite: A wooden XXL version of chess where you will be gallantly accompanied by Queen and King. Trés bon Also taste and try the baroque cuisine. Either very original, or adapted to fit the modern age. At the “Fête Baroque”, you will be happy to find both.

For the flâneurs

Enough cake for the day? Then we suggest you take a relaxing stroll through the baroque pleasure garden which draws you in with breathtaking views all around the Abbey.

Guided Tours

You always wanted to explore the secret spots within the Abbey? And what happens at the CMA? Then you should definitely not miss the guided tours by Austrian Guides. Here, you will learn all about the 1000 years of history behind the Abbey and everything you want to know about the CMA.

Going back in time

What did life in the baroque era look like? How did people live, dance, and especially, how did they celebrate? Find out on a journey through time where you will be taken back into the baroque period. Photos and historical costumes included!

In the saddle

From riding in baroque-inspired costumes, to the Pas de Deux with two Friesian horses and a baroque fashion show on horseback – the Friesian stud Nockalm knows how to capture their guests’ attention. Come by and experience the extraordinary show starring one of Europe’s oldest horse breeds.

Pull the strings!

Embark on a journey through time that will take you to the court of Maria Theresia. Who’ll be coming along? Well, little Sophie and all the friends you want to bring along on this magnificent trip. Performed with historical puppets and a playing technique that’s been around for more than 100 years.

A feast for the ears

Händel, Bach and many more will accompany you during the “Fête Baroque” – not only inside, but also outside Ossiach Abbey. In all new, exciting interpretations and variations. Just lean back and listen to the fine music. Dates and Program are subject to change.

free entry