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Philharmonic Orchestra

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 4-5 programs per academic year, which are performed in an average of 10 concerts at the Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, St. Stephen's Cathedral and in the main hall of the University of Vienna.

In autumn 2024 there will be two major concerts at the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. On November 11th , music from the video game "Genshin Impact" will be played and on December 14th Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony will be performed. Bruckner taught at the University of Vienna and dedicated his first symphony to the university. In Bruckner's anniversary year we are especially looking forward to this concert! On April 5th and 6th, 2025 the orchestra will split and play Johannes Brahms' 3rd Symphony and Anton Dvorak's 9th Symphony in two smaller ensembles. On June 15th, 2025 Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem will be played at the Musikverein. In autumn 2025 concerts will be given at the Salle Pleyel in Paris and at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

From 18th to 23rd June (Corpus Christi) an optional orchestra workshop will take place in Tuscany.

The main project of the past academic year was the 8th Symphony by Gustav Mahler, which was played in the Konzerthaus on May 19th and 20th, 2024. Previous projects were "Ein Heldenleben" and "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss, "Ein Deutsches Requiem" by Johannes Brahms, "La Mer" by Claude Debussy, "Daphnis et Chloe" by Maurice Ravel, the 2nd and 5th symphonies by Gustav Mahler, the 4th and 8th symphonies by Anton Bruckner, the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 9th symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven and works by John Williams from Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter.

Chamber music projects were the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, the "Metamorphosen" by Richard Strauss, "Danse" by Claude Debussy and the Mass in E minor by Anton Bruckner

We are primarily looking for a 1st oboe (preferably with English horn), 1 harp, 4 violas and 2 double basses but all instruments are welcome.

Rehearsals: Monday 7.30 – 10 p.m., BIG lecture hall
Rehearsal Rooms

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