Withsun Festival 2016

  • 05.05.2016

13th to 16th May 2016


In 1973 Herbert von Karajan founded the first Whitsun concerts. Three orchestral concerts were performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan each day on Whitsun Saturday, Sunday and Monday until 1982. Starting in 1983 the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was also conducted by other maestros including Sir Georg Solti, Seiji Ozawa and André Previn.

Guest concerts by international orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the London Symphony Orchestra were added to the program after Herbert von Karajan's death. Salzburg's Whitsun Festival was born in 1998.


Like a red thread, the tale of Romeo and Juliet runs through the programme of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. For the first time in its history the 2016 Whitsun Festival will open with the performance of a musical. In keeping with the festival’s motto – Romeo and Juliet – the programme features the West Side Story.

Have a look at the programme folder of the Withsun Festival 2016.