ORF has revealed how it will open the grand final of the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 23. Classical music will meet pop in Vienna — the home of Mozart and Conchita Wurst!

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (yep, the one you watch on January 1 every year), the Vienna Boy’s Choir, the Superar Choir, Lidia Baich, Conchita Wurst, Left Boy and the ORF Radio-Symphonic Orchestra (RSO) will all welcome us at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Talk about packin’ ’em in! The goal is to show Europe a confluence of sounds and the breadth of the Austrian music scene. Children will sing along with famous artists, musicians will play music accompanied by dance groups.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvMSd6pu7Lc

The show will begin with a video featuring the Vienna Philharmonic playing music in places all around Austria, until they finally reach Vienna. Then violinist Lidia Baich will perform Udo Jürgens’ “Merci Chérie”. Immediately afterwards, Conchita Wurst, accompanied by the Vienna’s Boys Choir and rapper Left Boy, will perform the official “Building Bridges” anthem. In the end, the ORF Radio-Symphonic orchestra will play classical music with guidance from Peter Pejtsik. Overall, more than 200 artists will participate.

Are you looking forward to this jam-packed opening?

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mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

having Conchita sing first is exactly how to get Eastern Europeans to switch the channel

Damon ESC
Damon ESC
5 years ago

Looking forward for the upcoming ESC semi finals and final
I think Sweden, Estonia will compete about the victory

Yudhistira Mahasena
5 years ago

I imagine Squeak Squad (my angklung group at school) would perform as part of the interval act in the Eurovision 2015 final. They would play “Rise like a phoenix” on angklungs.

Bronson
Bronson
5 years ago

Sounds good but remember Austria – bigger is not always necessarily better.

Jurgen
Jurgen
5 years ago

@Noah — I’ve read in Austrian news sources that all of these people will ALSO appear on the stage. So your note is a little hostile and misinformed. Greetings from Vienna.

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
5 years ago

Austria got to send Left Boy to Eurovision 2016

Noah
Noah
5 years ago

You may have not read the official statement. These artists will be all over Vienna on the night. Find the official statement and come back with the right information before counting how much space you’ll need to put them all in Stadthalle.