Cultural Activities

Due to the secondary school there are many musical and theatrical performances done with the pupils. Beginning with small plays, prepared for example in class for parent evenings, these continue with performances rehearsed in the theater group and culminate in the musical performances, which have become very poplar in the last few years. On average, 100 to 150 pupils participate in the performance of a musical. There are also joint projects with the abbey choir, one of the most notable being the performance of “Carmina Burana”.

Pictures from the musical "Carmina Burana" Pictures from the musical "Carmina Burana" Pictures from the musical "Carmina Burana" Pictures from the musical "Carmina Burana"

The music projects began in 1984 with “Jesus Christ Superstar”. This was followed by “Hair”, “Godspell”, “Touch Me”, “Don Quichote”, “Benni”, “Joseph”, “Carmina Burana”, “Godspell”, and Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation”.

Pictures from the musical "Joseph" Pictures from the musical "Joseph" Pictures from the musical "Joseph" Pictures from the musical "Joseph" Pictures from the musical "Joseph" Pictures from the musical "Joseph"

Further links

The major Musical-Projects and Concerts of the past

1980

1982

1984

1985

1986

Benediktusspiel

Franziskusspiel

Jesus Christ Superstar

Hair

Godspell

1989

1989/1991

1991

1995

1997

Touch Me

Benni

Der Mann von La Mancha

Musical Highlights

Joseph

1998

1999

2000

2000

2002

Carmina Burana

Godspell 2000

Die Schöpfung

Anatevka

In addition to the productions listed here, students of the school have also participated in the music for masses, openings, and other official house events.
 
Musical branch Musical home page Artistic branch

of the abbey school

some musiclas in more detail

of the abbey school

In addition to our house projects there is a series of performances by outside promoters. These can be highly cultural events, for example the International Baroque Days at Pentecost. Particular highlights in 2000 and 2001 were the advent concerts produced by ORF (Austrian Television) with the Arnold Schönberg Choir and the Concentus Musicus under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt directing in the Melk abbey church

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Frescoes by Professor Peter Bischof in the Benedict Chapel Benedict Chapel with a cross by Josef Strohmaier

The numerous events, concerts, plays, and exhibitions also contribute to the abbey’s cultural significance. Clear signs for the abbey’s receptive attitude to modern cultural achievements are, among others, the Benedict Chapel in the abbey, designed from 1990-1994 by Professor Peter Bischof, as well as the frescoes of the four cardinal virtues, which he created in 1988 in cooperation with Helmut Krumpel.

Coloman's Hall as a conference room