As I mentioned earlier, we came to Austria with a 1900 edition of Baedeker’s. Tickets to events in the theaters and concert halls are a bit pricey for us, but music in the churches is always inexpensive and sometimes is free. You don’t feel much inclined to get into your fancy duds, though, to sit on a rock-hard bench in the freezing cold of a Gothic or Baroque church. Honestly, two out of three did have some form of laughably rudimentary heating.
The other posts, slightly out of order from Baedeker’s, are
Theaters and concerts.
Baedeker’s 1900 begins this section with “Imperial Theaters”, meaning, I suppose, that these were the theaters sponsored by the state. In 1900 Austria still had an aristocracy:
Opera, Opernring, of course.
Hofberg Theater, 1907
Volkstheater, Neustiftgasse 1 (corner of Burggasse & Landesgasse)
Begun as a popular theater, it was from the 1920s a well-loved cinema in the Prater. When it burned down in 1981, it was the last of the many movie houses that had been the entertainment hub of the Prater area.
Music in churches.
In 1900, Baedeker’s lists music in churches with this short statement: ” At 10 a.m. on Sun. in the Votive church…and the Alt-lerchenfeld Church…; at 11 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church…, the Hofburg Kapelle…, the Augustine Church, and the Karls-Kirche…” (p. 7)
Today, it’s a little more complicated. The churches listed below host concerts, usually classical or liturgical. The cost is modest compared to the proper concert halls. These and many others also have choral works presented more or less for free, usually on a Sunday afternoon.
Votiv Kirche, Rooseveltplatz
Karlskirche, Karlsplatz. As well as scheduled concerts, there is free organ music Monday through Friday at 15:00, and Saturday and Sunday at 20:00