The area is wonderfully unspoiled, one of the least touristic parts of Europe, and is steeped in a deep and rich tradition of folk music. Everyone from the valley either sings or plays an instrument; it’s not hard to see how this country produced Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Mahler, and so many other great composers!
When you aren’t rehearsing or practicing, we encourage you to hike on nearby mountain trails, or have a glass of wine or an espresso with Apfelstrüdel at a local café.
Here are other activities that take place during the festival:
Concerts – The festival faculty will perform two evening concerts of chamber works, featuring a wide variety of ensemble combinations, repertoire, and styles.
Local Trips – In many years we have taken a short trip to the beautiful neighboring town of Maria Luggau, the site of a 16th century monastery, beautiful old water mills and more. We also visit local restaurants high up in the hills of Lesachtal, which command stunning views of the surrounding area.
Composers tour – In summers past we have offered a trip to the Wörtersee, a lake about two hours away from Liesing, where Mahler, Brahms, Webern, Berg and Wolf spent several summers.
Sight Reading – On any free evening (or at any free time!), we strongly encourage participants to sight read with their colleagues. Repertoire and scheduling are organized by the participants themselves
Dinners Out – There will be a few evenings that as part of our meal plan, we go to local restaurants around the valley. We try and choose places that capture the scenic beauty and local flavors of the area. It is always a fun social occasion to relax and dine out after a day of hard work.
Kirchtag, Mühlenfest, and other local festivals – Kirchtag, or “Church day,” occurs in July and August on certain weekends. The village band turns out in full regalia in the Hauptplatz, where we can have our fill of local sausage, cheese and beer. The Mühlenfest takes place in the nearby village of Maria Luggau and celebrates the centuries-old traditional water mills that powered everything from industry to cross-valley communication in days past. Don’t miss these opportunities to absorb Lesachtaler culture!
For more information about the area, take a look at this site: http://www.lesachtal.com/en