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The Cloud of Sound

A pyrotechnic fantasia narrated by a live musical performance illuminates the sky to bridge the Ars Electronica Festival and the beginning of the Anton Bruckner Festival.

 © TVL Röbl

The “Cloud of Sound” (Klangwolke) marks the beginning of the Bruckner Festival in Linz. Free and open to the public, the opening ceremonies take place along the banks of the Danube at the Donaupark. While a live performance takes place inside the Brucknerhaus, the music is streamed outdoors into the surrounding area. The night sky becomes the stage for fireworks and laser lights that are choreographed to a blend of modern music and classical compositions. Created in 1980, the Cloud of Sound has become a Bruckner Festival tradition enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. This spectacular performance pays homage to classical music while also celebrating the marvels of technology. Colorful comets of light and sparks dance in the sky, rockets shoot like acrobats into the air, and images are projected onto nearby buildings.

The three-week-long Bruckner Festival starts in September and includes about 20 concerts with a strong focus on Anton Bruckner. Venues include The Brucknerhaus, Martin-Luther-Church, Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Alter Dom, New Dom, and Schloss Traun. The festival honors the region’s very own composer, Anton Bruckner, and praises his outstanding contribution to classical music, particularly his sacred choral works.

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