The orchestra consists of about 140 musicians who are students from all faculties, music students, alumni and hobby musicians. These musicians play in various constellations in various projects throughout the academic year. It focuses mainly on works from the mid to late Romantic period; additional chamber music projects with a baroque and modern repertoire are offered. We set great store on sectional rehearsals for strings, woodwind and brass, thus ensuring the constant musical growth of the orchestra.
In April 2018 two concerts with Antonín Dvořák´s 3rd symphony and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s 4th symphony were given. In June the wonderful 5th symphony by Gustav Mahler will be performed three times. An optional chamber music project for strings will be offered where the “Stabat Mater” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi will be played.
Last December the European premiere of Vijay Upadhyaya’s 2nd symphony was performed at the Vienna Musikverein, after its world premiere in Beijing the month before, where it was performed by the China National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. It is the first time that the People’s Republic of China has commissioned such a large work from a non-Chinese composer
In the previous academic year there were two large concerts at the Vienna Musikverein: Beethoven’s 9th symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Moreover, there was a third concert series where Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, Taillefer and Metamorphosen were performed.
Previous years’ performances include Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony, Anton Bruckner’s 8th symphony, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem and The Bells by Sergei Rachmaninov (performed in Vienna for the first time since 1938!).
Rehearsals: Monday 7.30 – 10 p.m.