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That was Mid EUROPE 2019 - we are looking forward to 2020!

Tuesday, 23.07.2019

The 22nd edition of the International Wind Music Festival Mid EUROPE in Styria Schladming and Haus im Ennstal in Austria is history and the Tourist Office Schladming can draw a satisfied balance on what has been achieved in the second year as organizer . Thus, existing highlights of the festival - such as the LONG NIGHT- were successfully continued, the format of the children's concert, which was newly established in the previous year, went into the second round with much vigor and the help of the local volunteer fire brigade, and the World Youth and World Adult Wind Orchestras thrilled the festival visitors again during the International Concert Evening - but in turn:

The festival was opened on Tuesday, July 9, by a high-class concert by the Bavarian Police Orchestra under the direction of its General Music Director and Artistic Director of the Mid EUROPE, Prof. Johann Mösenbichler.

Wednesday morning the children's concert "Kids on Fire" was on the program. The concert was initiated by a great supporting program, designed by the volunteer fire brigade Schladming, where the children could prove their accuracy with the fire hose, take a seat in a fire engine and try on a fire uniform. Afterwards the World Youth Wind Orchestra played a "fiery" repertoire of music pieces presented by Philipp Haas (Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg), who was able to inspire the young visitors with brass music and participation.

In the afternoon, at 2,700 m above sea level, the Dachstein glacier literally followed the next peak. The occasion for this special "stage" in this year's concert series of the Mid EUROPE was the 50th anniversary of the Dachstein glacier, with various ensembles of the World Youth Wind Orchestra and the Upper Austrian Kürnbergmusi providing a sound cloud on the easternmost glacier of the Alps. For the successful completion of the second day the Taipei Zhong -Zheng Junior High School 22nd Wind Band from Taiwan provided a church concert and the military music Upper Austria an open air concert in the co-host village Haus im Ennstal.

Thursday was time for the LONG NIGHT of music. While open-air concerts on the main square in Schladming and hall concerts in the Schladming congress already took place during the day, the evening in the entire center of Schladming was once again dominated by brass music from 17:00. On altogether 5 stages from 16:45 until after midnight LIVE music with different wind music orchestras was offered.

The first highlight on Friday was the final concert of the International Masterclass in Conducting, which ushered in a series of four hall concerts in the congress Schladming. In the evening the march show “Marsch und Musik” took place. The Musikverein Altenhof am Hausruck, the Trachtenkapelle Schildorn and the military music Upper Austria showed their wide repertoire of march figures and exited about 2,500 visitors with their show. After the march show, there were other open-air concerts on the main square in Schladming, with the LIVE band of the Swiss Federal Railways crowning the evening with great melodies and their two vocal soloists Meribel Hagen and Hanspeter Zweifel.

The Saturday was again marked by numerous concerts by the Orchestra Fiata Val Isonzo from Italy, the Vleuten Harmony Orchestra from the Netherlands or the Aomori Prefecture Selected High School Band Japan. As part of the International Concert Evening, the final concerts of the orchestral projects started at 6 pm. It all started with the World Adult Wind orchestra (an internationally assembled orchestra for participants over the age of 30), followed by the orchestral project "City Winds", which organized Schladming's sister city Wetzlar for the 45th anniversary of its partnership. The conclusion of the high-class concert evening was finally the concert of the World Youth Wind Orchestra under the direction of Johann Mösenbichler, Jacob de Haan, Gary Hill and Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.

On Sunday, the final ceremony with the award ceremony as part of the CISM competition was traditionally on the program. The final concert was played this year by the Student Wind Orchestra Auletes from the Netherlands.

In retrospect, the 22nd Mid EUROPE can be described as a complete success. Especially the Mid EUROPE magazine #Vorzeichen, which was released for the first time this year, was very well received by the visitors. So you can already look forward to the 23rd edition of the festival from July 14 to 19, 2020, in which - as one hears from insiders - there will be a great new orchestral project.