The International Haydn Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2009

In honor of the Father of Symphony’s bicentenary, the Haydn performance tour was celebrated in the City of Music – Vienna, Austria – including venues such as the renowned Wiener Konzerthaus and the Musikverein, home of the famed Vienna Philharmonic. Classic Performances invited orchestras to audition to perform one of Haydn’s Great Masses with fine choirs from around the world and to tour Haydn’s Austria. More than 800 performers visited the Habsburgs’ Schönbrunn Palace, Haydn’s hometown of Eisenstadt, and the quaint medieval town of Rust near the Hungarian border.