Bombastic, cinematic music stretched far and wide across Linz's Donaupark grounds on Saturday evening in friendly autumn weather. Breathtaking aerial acrobatics at a height of 40 metres, a thrilling light and laser show, impressive visuals, a special "Klangwolken Orchestra", a drum ship, cinematic illusion art and lots of sparkling creativity delighted more than 40,000 Klangwolken fans. Fantastic illusion art brought the Danube to life and Linz's Klangwolke 21, entitled Panta Rhei ("everything flows"), invited visitors to immerse themselves in fascinating musical underwater worlds and enchanting sound experiences that touched people with extraordinary exotic soundscapes, mighty drums from all over the world, struggling cellos and harmonious harp sounds with free admission.

PANTA RHEI was staged by star director Robert Dornhelm in collaboration with co-director Christoph Engel and film composer Roman Kariolou: Not only impressive stage sets and cinematic sounds crowned the open-air event to a unique spectacle!


38 orchestral instruments, more than 22 different percussion instruments, 3 push boats and 4 equipment carriers/pontoons, which had a total length of 400 metres and a carrying capacity of 3,200 tonnes were used for Klangwolke 21. 10 tons of metal and scaffolding were used for the stage set. 4 cranes, 2 scissor lifts, an oversized harp 18 metres long and 15 metres wide, with a body up to 2 metres in diameter, invited the audience to marvel. 5 kilometres of cable, 120 spotlights and over 100 loudspeakers were used. 6 hours of underwater filming with cellists Liina Leijala and Teodora Miteva for the impressive video recordings, 3 dancers, 2 artists, 16 movement extras and 14 climbers ensured excitement and fascination for the audience. Dockyard - creative production studio vienna, Georg Blume, Marcos Medvedov were available with their expertise for creative consulting and art direction.

The dancer, performer and choreographer Silke Grabinger, together with Cornelia Aitzetmüller, provided magical moments at a height of over 30 metres with a breathtaking aerial choreography in which she drew on her many years of artistic experience as a member of Cirque du Soleil. In cooperation with the dancer Zoé-Afan Strasser and performer Evandro Pedroni and with the involvement of local movement statists and members of the Linz Music School and the Naturfreunde Linz, the impressive production was completed.


Joel von Lerber on the harp transported the audience into moving worlds of sound, Liina Leijala and Teodora Miteva on the cello thrilled the audience with their cello skills at a height of 30 metres, Reinhard Flatischler, Aleksandra Suklar, Sebastian Riener, Gabriel Vogelauer (percussion) and Anna-Maria Flatischler (percussion/flute) provided breathtaking live sound experiences.

The well-known Austrian writer, musician and storyteller Michael Köhlmeier lent his voice to the production. Michael Köhlmeier wrote the scripts for the films Der Unfisch (1996) and Requiem für Dominic (1990) directed by Robert Dornhelm, and the collaboration now continued for Linz's Klangwolke 21.  

The fantastic backdrop and a spectacular stage design, creatively realised by Jacob Schäfer (most recently engaged for the stage design at Klangwolke 2019) and his team from aufgemoebelt KG invited us to dream as musical instruments such as the harp and a drum ship rose from the Danube and acrobatic cellists emerged from the river.

With great attention to detail and flowing elements, Anna-Sophie Lienbacher created excellent costumes for the artists, dancers and musicians that were reminiscent of the underwater world like foaming waves.

Brucknerhaus Linz - Sitze im Großen Saal © Rita Newman
Brucknerhaus Linz - Sitze im Großen Saal © Rita Newman


Classical KLANGWOLKE 2021



The Linz Bruckner pupil Mathilde Kralik von Meyrswalden

"I was born on 3 December 1857 in Linz on the Danube. My father Wilhelm Kralik von Meyrswalden was a glass manufacturer [...]. I owe my musical sense and love of music to my father and mother. [...] After we moved to Vienna [...] I became a private student of Professor Julius Epstein for piano. He took a serious interest in my compositions and advised me to continue my training with Anton Bruckner for counterpoint, whose lessons I enjoyed privately for a year until I entered the composition school of the Vienna Conservatory in October 1876."

With these words, a dazzling personality in turn-of-the-century Vienna introduced himself in an autobiographical note dated 19 October 1904. Her Violin Concerto in D minor from the 1930s as well as her Symphony in F minor, which was composed in 1942 by reworking a symphonic work composed almost 40 years earlier and premiered in Prague in 1904, show the Bruckner pupil to be a composer with an independent tonal language. The all-female Female Symphonic Orchestra Austria under the direction of its founder Silvia Spinnato is joined for the violin concerto by the violinist Francesca Dego, who is in demand worldwide, and for the symphony by the organist Magdalena Hasibeder, also from Linz, as well as the internationally celebrated soprano Jacquelyn Wagner, in order to jointly take up the cudgels for an important composer from Linz.

Saturday, 18 September 2021, 7:30 pm
Brucknerhaus Linz, Great Hall


We would like to thank the supporters of the Classical Klangwolke 21:

Sparkasse Oberösterreich, LINZ AG

Klassische Klangwolke 21
Silvia Spinnato © Fabio Parenzan
Kinderklangwolke 21




"The tide of courage"

The family show with the rock opera of the year awaited all families at the Klinderklangwolke on 12 September. A world premiere with musical poetry invited numerous visitors* to join in and sing along, as the rebel of children's music, Suli Puschban and the Kapelle der guten Hoffnung brought cheeky, funny and rousing songs to their unique concert experience full of courageous content in the middle of the Donaupark!

Beforehand, Linz's Donaupark with its wonderful ambience offered space for the festival's own cultural picnic and transformed into a lingering oasis with food and drink offerings. Several opportunities to join in rounded off the programme and set the mood for the concert experience: there was singing, dancing, bobbing and laughing and celebrating together!

 More details about the Kinderklangwolke can be found at kinderklangwolke.online.



"The Tide of Courage" | Suli Pushban and the Chapel of Good Hope
Sunday, 12 September 2021, 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Danube Park Linz

 A Kuddelmuddel project commissioned by LIVA


We would like to thank the supporters of KINDERKLANGWOLKE 21    Sparkasse Oberösterreich, LINZ AG, Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein, Wiener Städtische Versicherung AG