They also toured a subterranean salt mine and enjoyed schnitzels, strudels and goulash. Many of the sites made famous in the movie The Sound of Music were visited, as well as Salzburg’s medieval fortress. Next was Graz, the capital of the province of Styria. They toured the world’s largest historic armory, with its suits of armor, swords, lances, spears, and other ancient weaponry. Their performance took place in the Abbey of Stift Rein, which was built in the 1100s.
After a stop in Eisenstaedt, visiting Esterhazy Palace and the home and tomb of Franz Joseph Haydn, the orchestra finished its tour in the capital of classical music, Vienna. Highlights in Vienna included St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace, the Hofburg (Imperial) Palace, the House of Music, and the Central Cemetery (graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss). The orchestra’s final performance took place in the Minoritenkirche, which was built in 1275.
An enthusiastic audience asked for three encores.