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September 15, 1985
We recently drove around Europe for nine weeks in a VW Golf leased from Europe by Car. While we covered 5,600 miles of delightful sightseeing, we had no problems except in Salzburg, Austria. After parking on a Saturday morning we returned to find our car gone. The police said, "Ab geschlept" (towed away), because parking is not allowed on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., something they said Salzburgers know but not foreigners. So 2,103 schillings (about $100) and three hours later we got our car back.
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March 10, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Gerard Mortier, who died of cancer on Saturday at age 70, is being widely eulogized for the incalculable role he played in the opera world in the years he headed opera companies in Brussels, Paris and Madrid. Most notably he revolutionized the Salzburg Festival. I can think of no one more important than the crafty, brilliant Belgian impresario in making opera a uniquely telling, relevant, contemporary and meaningfully controversial art form in Europe. But it wasn't only Europe and it wasn't only opera in which Mortier's influence has proven pervasive.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Austrian city of Salzburg has blocked plans to open a hotel in a former home of the Von Trapp family immortalized in "The Sound of Music." The "Villa Trapp" had been expected to open this year in a quiet, upscale Salzburg neighborhood. Area residents feared tourists would tie up traffic and make a nuisance of themselves, and on Wednesday the city's urban planning committee took their side. Hotel organizers said they would appeal the decision. The home once belonged to the Von Trapps, the family made famous in the 1965 movie in which Julie Andrews played a nun-turned-nanny who cared for a widower's seven children and fell in love with him during World War II.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo has returned to the stage for the first time since he was hospitalized in July after suffering a pulmonary embolism. The 72-year-old tenor performed at the Salzburg Festival in Austria on Tuesday evening, alongside soprano Anna Netrebko in a concert version of Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco. " The performance, conducted by Paolo Carignani, took place at the festival's Felsenreitschule venue and also featured singers Francesco Meli, Roberto Tagliavini and Johannes Dunz.
TRAVEL
December 5, 2004
"All the towns look like scenes from Christmas cards," writes San Diego reader Joanne R. Gribble, who marveled at the crafts artisans, bakers and candy makers who filled Austrian holiday markets a year ago. Near the cathedral in Salzburg, she took this photo of a street performer clowning around with children on a field trip. The mime "had lured one of those schoolkids close enough for a double ear-pinch," Gribble says. "It's hard to tell if the boy's face is showing pleasure or pain.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Tourism officials in Salzburg, Austria, are debating plans to build a "Sound of Music" museum. The Von Trapp family featured in the 1965 movie and Broadway musical lived there before the start of World War II. Salzburg officials say a museum containing memorabilia from the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer could draw 140,000 visitors a year. But not everyone is enthusiastic about the idea. More than 600 neighborhood residents have signed a petition rejecting the proposal, saying they fear a museum would jam local streets with tour buses.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2009 | Associated Press
The International Mozarteum Foundation said Thursday that it has discovered two more works composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The previously unknown works are piano pieces composed by a young Mozart, the Salzburg-based foundation said in a brief e-mail statement. The foundation declined to provide more details Thursday, saying specifics would be made public during a presentation in Salzburg on Aug. 2. During the event, Austrian musician Florian Birsak will perform the pieces on an original Mozart piano.
NEWS
September 19, 1987 | Associated Press
Two passenger trains collided head-on in northern Austria on Friday, killing three people and injuring 101. A spokesman for Austrian Railways in Vienna said an express train from Innsbruck to Vienna and a passenger train going from Vienna to Salzburg collided near Lambach, about 25 miles southwest of Linz.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1998 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Lucinda Carver is a comer. The reputation of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra was little more than that of a classical music garage band when she became its music director in 1992. Now it is one of California's notable chamber orchestras, and its first recordings of Haydn and Mozart on the RCM Records label are competitive with far better known groups. Carver, herself, is also getting noticed. She made her debut with New York City Opera last season and was a hit.
NEWS
June 25, 1986 | RICHARD EDER, Times Book Critic
Across by Peter Handke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $14.95) Peter Handke, the Austrian writer, is a literary master of estrangement, but lately he has been working on reconciliation. He works by contract. In an icy framework, the warmth ravishes. In a framework of stylistic difficulty, the sudden clarity startles. "Across," a brief and beautiful novella, has its obscurity, but essentially it is very clear indeed. Set in Salzburg over Easter week, it is a parable of redemption.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
The motto of the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, which offered the first of two programs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Friday night, is "the cutting edge of classical music." That may be stretching it a bit, at least by the standards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic or the Berlin Philharmonic. It would take an unusually dexterous orchestra to trim borders in the picturesque, contented Austrian town where Mozart was born and where an Alp-sized dessert souffle known as the Salzburger nockerl has been known to give even nondiabetics sugar seizures.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2009 | Associated Press
The International Mozarteum Foundation said Thursday that it has discovered two more works composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The previously unknown works are piano pieces composed by a young Mozart, the Salzburg-based foundation said in a brief e-mail statement. The foundation declined to provide more details Thursday, saying specifics would be made public during a presentation in Salzburg on Aug. 2. During the event, Austrian musician Florian Birsak will perform the pieces on an original Mozart piano.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Austrian city of Salzburg has blocked plans to open a hotel in a former home of the Von Trapp family immortalized in "The Sound of Music." The "Villa Trapp" had been expected to open this year in a quiet, upscale Salzburg neighborhood. Area residents feared tourists would tie up traffic and make a nuisance of themselves, and on Wednesday the city's urban planning committee took their side. Hotel organizers said they would appeal the decision. The home once belonged to the Von Trapps, the family made famous in the 1965 movie in which Julie Andrews played a nun-turned-nanny who cared for a widower's seven children and fell in love with him during World War II.
WORLD
June 15, 2008 | Julia Damianova, Special to The Times
In the alpine Austrian city of Salzburg, immortalized in "The Sound of Music," some residents say tourists are not their favorite things. Plans to turn the villa that once belonged to the melodious Von Trapp family into a hotel have met with fierce opposition from residents of the house's quiet neighborhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Tourism officials in Salzburg, Austria, are debating plans to build a "Sound of Music" museum. The Von Trapp family featured in the 1965 movie and Broadway musical lived there before the start of World War II. Salzburg officials say a museum containing memorabilia from the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer could draw 140,000 visitors a year. But not everyone is enthusiastic about the idea. More than 600 neighborhood residents have signed a petition rejecting the proposal, saying they fear a museum would jam local streets with tour buses.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2006 | Daniel Cariaga, Special to The Times
To those attending, for the third night, the festivities opening the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, Sunday evening may have seemed anticlimactic. But for those of us entering the handsome new facility for the first time, it was a most impressive discovery.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1991 | From Associated Press
Sculptor Giacomo Manzu, a leading Italian artist who gained fame as the creator of the bronze doors at St. Peter's Basilica and other churches, has died at 82. Manzu died at his home in a Rome suburb of heart failure Thursday night, said his secretary. Born in the northern city of Bergamo, one of 12 children of a shoemaker, Manzu never received any formal artistic training and used to say that his artistic impulse sprang from his blood.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1999
When Mark Swed compares L.A. to Salzburg, he raises important points about sustaining a healthy musical life here that the leaders of our major institutions need to think about ("L.A. Could Take a Lesson From Salzburg," Sept. 4). How long can we keep a great conductor such as Esa-Pekka Salonen when most of his and the Philharmonic's really important performances have to be given out of town because the local leadership is afraid of scheduling them here? How is the L.A. Opera supposed to thrive when its only concession to living nervous systems is to tack "Billy Budd" onto the end of its season?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2006 | From Reuters
People toasted Mozart with Champagne on Friday and sang "Happy Birthday" outside the house where he was born 250 years ago in Salzburg, Austria. "You feel Mozart in every street here," Salzburg resident Christine Mandl said, as she stood with thousands of others to listen to church bells mark the hour when he was born, 8 p.m. on Jan. 27, 1756.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2006 | Chris Pasles
The first live broadcast in the Southland of a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic will highlight a three-day Mozart radio celebration from Salzburg, Austria, the composer's birthplace, to be carried on KMZT-FM (105.1) on Jan 25-27. The program is part of the events marking the composer's 250th birthday. Riccardo Muti will conduct the Vienna ensemble beginning at 9 a.m. PST on Jan. 27.
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