The priest who founded a music festival

Josef Herowitsch, pastor of the Austrian village of Lockenhaus, has died aged 78.

In 1981, he persuaded Gidon Kremer to co-found an adventurous, long-lasting festival in his parish, mostly with emigré artists from Eastern Europe.

‘They send us bishops, who drive people away from attending church,’ said the rebellious Father Herowitsch. ‘Artists bring them back.’

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  • Requiem aeterna!

    Festival in Lockenhaus now is without Joseph Herowitsch, and there is no musical history of 20th century without this festival.

  • Requiem aeterna!

    Festival in Lockenhaus now is without Joseph Herowitsch, but there is no musical history of 20th century without this festival.

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