"Nachklang" concert at the Vienna Central Cemetery

A biennial celebration of music and remembrance with over 4.400 attendees.
A biennial celebration of music and remembrance with over 4.400 attendees.

On the evening of September 6, 2023, the "Nachklang" concert graced the historic Vienna Central Cemetery with its unique and moving performance. This extraordinary event, held every two years, not only celebrated music but also served as a powerful reminder of the importance of preserving our culture of remembrance and the significance of cemeteries as repositories of history and memory.

"Nachklang," which translates to "Echo" or "Resonance" in English, commenced with a poignant procession of musicians, set against the backdrop of centuries-old tombstones and mausoleums. The weather cooperated perfectly, with a clear sky enhancing the atmosphere, as if the very heavens were acknowledging the importance of this cultural gathering. The trees lining the cemetery provided a majestic frame for the event.

The musical presentation paid homage to famous musicians, finding their last rest on the Vienna Central Cemetery. This mission was particularly evident in the choice of musical highlights during the concert. Two exceptional artists paid tribute to the legendary Austrian musicians, Falco and Udo Jürgens, by performing their iconic songs. These performances not only entertained the audience but also emphasized the role of cemeteries as the final resting places of influential cultural figures. They showcased how the music of these artists continues to live on and inspire, even amidst the hallowed grounds of a cemetery.

"Nachklang" is not just a one-time event but a biennial tradition that brings together music enthusiasts, culture aficionados, and advocates of remembrance. Held every two years, it serves as a reminder of the enduring significance of cemeteries and their role in preserving our collective memory. The concert's name, "Nachklang," aptly captures the idea that the echoes of our past continue to reverberate and inspire us in the present.

The audience, seated on provided chairs and blankets, was captivated from start to finish. The combination of classical masterpieces and these remarkable tributes created a truly memorable evening of music. It was a testament to the idea that cemeteries, far from being somber places, can also be venues for vibrant cultural events that honor the past and inspire the present.