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.
At the end of June 2021 Gustav Mahler’s 2nd symphony “The Resurrection” will be performed in the Wiener Musikverein. As a chamber music project for winds, the “Mass in E minor” by Anton Bruckner will be played in September and a series of concerts with the Requiem by W.A. Mozart will be performed with a chamber orchestra at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in summer. In the next academic year we are planning a series of concerts in the Musikverein. A new composition “An Austrian Christmas” for large orchestra, distant orchestra and three choirs by Vijay Upadhyaya, which is based on traditional Christmas carols, will be premiered on December 12th. Two concerts with the music of John Williams from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and much more will be played in April 2022.
In autumn 2020 there were 7 concerts with W. A. Mozart’s “Requiem” and the “Petite Symphonie” by Charles Gounod in St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Gustav Mahler’s 2nd Symphony was performed at the Musikverein.
Other recent projects were “La Mer” by Claude Debussy, “Daphnis et Chloe” Suite No. 2 by Maurice Ravel, “The World of Opera” with overtures and opera choruses, and “Masterpieces of Russian Music” as well as a chamber music project with the Mass in B minor by J.S. Bach. The previous projects included Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, Taillefer and Metamorphosen, Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony, Bruckner’s 4th and 8th symphonies and the Verdi Requiem, as well as the European premieres of Vijay Upadhyaya’s 1st and 2nd Symphonies.
We are mainly looking for violas and double basses, but all musicians are welcome and can audition in October.
Rehearsals: Monday 7.30 – 10 p.m. BIG lecture hall