Keynote speakers of the Brucknerfest from 1977 to 2012
“By the way …
... I believe that the Brucknerfest should continue to be staged.”
This statement of opinion, one that Linz audience members can certainly be expected to hold, begins the festival with a play on the words with which Armin Thurnher, editor-in-chief of the Viennese city paper “Falter,” concludes his weekly lead column in that publication: “By the way, I believe that the Mediamil complex should be broken up.”
These words, themselves a variant of Cato’s famous line “Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam,” made Thurnher, a native of Bregenz born in 1949, famous far beyond Vienna’s city limits. By way of elucidation: “Mediamil” is a portmanteau word made up of Mediaprint and the magazines of the NEWS Group.
Armin Thurnher, the featured speaker at the opening of this year’s Bruckner Festival, undoubtedly has more to say than ever in times like these. His profession is journalist and his passion is music, which makes him an ideal interlocutor. Thurnher is known as an outspoken opponent of the so-called turning point coalition that took over the reins of Austria’s government in 2000. He’s a leftist who refuses to toe any party’s line. In his keynote address (in German) entitled “The Catastrophe of the Public Sphere. A Speech in Defense of Public Speech” he’ll express in no uncertain terms his opinion of the political scene as well as the media landscape.
Pictures of the keynote speakers from 1977 to 2011
2009, Robert Menasse