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.
On 11th December the orchestra will perform at the Golden Hall of 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 will be performed. Further programming includes two concerts “The World of Opera” in April 2019 (Programme) and the 10th Symphony by Shostakovich and the Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2 by Prokofiev in June 2019. A chamber orchestra project in our concert series “Mass compositions as an art form” with the Mass in b minor by Bach will be offered.
In April 2018 concerts with Dvořák´s 3rd Symphony and Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony in June the wonderful 5th Symphony by Mahler were performed. A chamber music project with the “Stabat Mater” by Pergolesi was also played. After its world premiere in Beijing with the China National Symphony Orchestra, the European premiere of Vijay Upadhyaya’s 2nd Symphony was performed at the Vienna Musikverein last December.
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 Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Bruckner’s 8th Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem.
Rehearsals: Monday 7.30 – 10 p.m.