Sunday , January 17 2021

Post music Salzburg celebrates its 80th birthday

From royal march by Richard Strauss to music from the operetta "Saison in Salzburg" to songs from "Grease" reaches the wide musical arch of the audience, which about 65 musicians went to the audience in the Festspielhaus.

"The varied and demanding program testifies to the high quality of music", emphasizes President Brigitta Pallauf (ÖVP), President of the State Parliament, who, together with Director General Georg Pölzl, presented Austria's gold medal to Kapellmeister Franz Milacher.

Uniform of a Salzburg Postillion from 1786

It usually plays once a week, but some exercises have been added to the festival concert, "says Milacher, who has set the beat as Kapellmeister for about 22 years. And the orchestra also does something for the eye: the musicians have a zipper, knee pants and red skirt, the historic uniform of a Salzburg postillion from 1786.

Post music without young talent

In addition to the "big" post music there are Post Big Band, a Bohemian casting and some smaller ensembles that play on different occasions. Since, in addition to post offices and telecom and post office staff, there are now private musicians on the desk, there are currently no newcomers. "We have enough qualified people in all registers that want to participate," said Milacher, who is trained flygelhorn player and lives in the nearby Hausruckviertel.

Franz Milacher leads the relay

What leads an Austrian to leading position at Postmusik Salzburg? Landes-Medienzentrum (LMZ) spoke with Franz Milacher:

LMZ: You were a busy Chapelmaker in Upper Austria. How and why did you come to Postmusik Salzburg in 1996?

FRANZ MILACHER: The well-known Salzburg composer Peter Wesenauer was then the Kapellmeister of the Eisenbahn Music Festival Salzburg and a good friend to me. He sent my address to those responsible for post music and one day a call from Salzburg came. After an "initial rehearsal" I decided to accept the challenge of making post music a very powerful orchestra.

What does Postmusik Salzburg differ today and what does it different from other brass band orchestras?

In particular, our versatility is what separates us. We all want the right music for every occasion. Whether this is a big foreign tour or even a Mirabellgarten concert in Salzburg, we would like to play varied and interesting pieces.

What repertoire is played?

Post music plays everything the audience would like to hear: from traditional brass music, such as marches, polka or waltz, symphonic wind music, operetta and classical arrangements to musicals and movie songs, and pop and pop music are not forgotten.

What do you want to remember in particular? What were the highlights of your personal leadership so far?

A highlight in post music history was definitely in 2014 when we were invited to the Salzburg Festival. We contributed with the stage music to the game "The Last Days of Humanity". That same year we played a concert in the Gold Hall in Vienna Musikverein. But there are countless other occasions I like to remember, such as concerts in Hobart, Australia, the Opera House in Tsingtao, China, or our annual autumn concerts in Salzburg's main hall.

Are there any special plans for future musical future?

A long-term wish from our orchestra would be a second concert tour to Australia, where we work intensively from the coming year and we hope we can realize this by 2020.

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