AT a concert held in the Auditorium in Palma last Thursday night, the Balearic Symphony Orchestra paid homage to Josef Egger, the President of the Austrian Association of Friends of Majorca.

Egger had recently organised a concert given by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra in Vienna to mark the 150th anniversary of Austrian Archduke Luis Salvador being named an honorary son of Palma.

Before the second part of the performance conducted in the Auditorium by maestro Salvador Brotons including works by Listz, Strauss and Tchaikovsky, the managing director of the Symphony Orchestra, Gori Marcus said that a tribute was due to Josef Egger, a figure of great affection for the Orchestra.

Addressing the audience, Nanda Ramon, Palma City's Culture Councillor said that the trip to Vienna was one of the most important the Symphony Orchestra had ever made, reinforcing the links between Austria and Majorca. She said that homage should be paid to the indefatigable pioneering spirit of Egger without whom the project would simply not have been possible. Egger then received an honorary plaque from Ramón.

He said that after 15 years of organising operetta in Majorca, the concert in Vienna - the international music capital - in the presence of the Mayors of both Palma and Vienna, was a “crowning glory”.