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. The orchestra plays 3 – 4 programs per academic year, which are performed in an average of 10 concerts in the Wiener Musikverein, in the Wiener Konzerthaus, in St. Stephen’s Cathedral and in the main hall of the University of Vienna.
In December 2022, concerts with works by Richard Wagner and the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach (cantatas 1 – 4) as a chamber music project will be performed. In May 2023 “Ein Heldenleben” by Richard Strauss and June 2023 “Ein Deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms will be played. It is also very likely that the John Williams concerts from the previous academic year will be repeated.
In June 2022, three concerts took place at the Musikverein in Vienna with music by John Williams from Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter. This program will be repeated in October 2022 in two concerts for first-semester students. There were also two concerts of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.
Past projects included “La Mer” by Claude Debussy, “Daphnis et Chloe” by Maurice Ravel, The previous projects included Ludwig van Beethoven’s 3rd, 5th, 6th and 9th Symphonies, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Richard Strauss’s “Also sprach Zarathustra”, Gustav Mahler’s 2nd, 5th and 8th symphonies, Anton Bruckner’s 4th and 8th symphonies and the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi.
Chamber music projects were the Mass in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Mass in E minor by Anton Bruckner and the “Metamorphosen” by Richard Strauss.
We are mainly looking for trombones, violas and double basses, but all musicians are welcome and can audition in October.
Rehearsals: Monday 7.30 – 10 p.m. BIG lecture hall