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Vienna Philharmonic set for Summer Night Concert Schonbrunn / New York Times

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When the Vienna Philharmonic first performed on the park grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace in 2004, the event was intended as a one-time celebration of the European Union's expansion in Eastern Europe. The "Concert for Europe" was such a success, however, that it became an annual fixture, attracting local audiences, tourists and television viewers around the world. Like the famed New Year's Concert at the Musikverein, the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, as it is now called, has become an important part of the Philharmonic's brand. The open-air event, which is on Thursday this year, attracts an audience of up to 100,000 and is broadcast to over 80 countries, not far behind the 90 countries reached by the New Year's Concert.

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