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December 13, 2013 | Concert

  • Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008 (map)
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Christmas in Vienna

American composer and pianist Burnett Thompson performs his own compilation, “Christmas in Vienna: Reflections on the Imperial City” at the Embassy of Austria. Mr. Thompson spent  the early 1970’s as a student in Vienna, attending the  'Hochschule für Musik'. His teachers were Prof. Eduoard Mrazek and Prof. Noel Flores. Mr. Thompson currently produces the Piano in the White House series for the White House Historical Association, and the Hill Center Concert Series.  He has also programmed numerous concerts for Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Theatre. He is presently devoting his time to working throughout China with traditional Chinese performers  and just returned from his 13th tour of China. 

The origin of the Christmas in Vienna CD and concert stems from my accidental sojourn in Vienna from 1972 to 1975. I left my music studies stateside with the hazy purpose of touring Europe. Due to a chance encounter, I auditioned for the Hochschule für Musik in and was accepted as a student of Eduoard Mrazek. So instead of wandering around the European capitals like my colleagues, I stayed in Vienna, learned the language, and developed my musical skills. I eventually worked with Prof. Noel Flores, with whom I stayed in contact until his recent death. Christmas in Vienna is dedicated to his memory.
— Burnett Thompson
Vienna is a complex city. On one level, it is a city devoted to art, architecture, opera, concert music, jazz, and Viennese popular music. On another level, it is a city that has suffered terrible loss, including empire, citizenry, and cultural identity. As the eminent Viennese pianist Friedrich Gulda noted, every Viennese artist inherits both the sense of majesty and the sense of sorrow. Christmas in Vienna is a collection of spontaneously composed vignettes that reflect the vast range of Viennese culture and character, from Strauss to Schönberg, St. Stephen’s cathedral to the Vienna Woods.
— Burnett Thompson
    Burnett Thompson   


Burnett Thompson


 Burnett Thompson, Vienna, 1974  (Photo by Graham Lester George)

Burnett Thompson, Vienna, 1974

(Photo by Graham Lester George)

When: Friday, December 13, 2013 | 7:30 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington DC, 20008
Tickets: Admission is free. RSVP is required due to limited space. Please register online at

Please note that seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.


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