The philharmonic orchestra consists of about 120 musicians who are students from all faculties, music students, alumni and hobby musicians. These musicians alternate and play in various projects across the academic year. The orchestra plays mainly works from the Romantic period and additional chamber music projects with a baroque and modern repertoire are also offered. We especially emphasize on sectional rehearsals for strings, woodwinds and brass and ensure the constant musical growth of the orchestra.
In March 2019 three concerts “The World of Opera” will be presented where overtures and opera choruses will be performed. In June 2019 we will play three concerts with the theme “Masterpieces of Russian Music”. Additionally, a chamber music project with the Mass in b minor by Johann Sebastian Bach will be offered in the series “Mass compositions as an Art Form”.
In December 2019 the orchestra played at the Vienna Musikverein where parts of the “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky, “Pictures of an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky, Vlatava by Smetana as well as parts of the Christmas Oratorio by Bach and Choruses from the Messiah by Handel were performed. In April 2018 concerts with Dvořák´s 3rd Symphony and Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony and a chamber music project with the “Stabat Mater” by Pergolesi were played. After its world premiere in Beijing with the China National Symphony Orchestra, the European premiere of Vijay Upadhyaya’s 2nd Symphony was performed in December 2017.
In the previous academic years include performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Richard Strauss’s “Also sprach Zarathustra”, Taillefer and Metamorphosen, Mahler’s 2nd , 5th and 8th Symphony, Bruckner’s 4th and 8th Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem.
Rehearsals: Monday 7.30 – 10 p.m. BIG lecture hall