“The Vienna Philharmonic is at the top of its game.” – The Guardian (UK)
Perhaps no other musical ensemble is more closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. In the course of its 170-year history, it has been an integral part of a musical epoch that, due to an abundance of gifted composers and interpreters, can be regarded as unique. The greatest admirers of this venerable institution have included Wagner, Bruckner, Brahms and Mahler.
One of today’s most distinguished conductors, Franz Welser-Möst—music director of the Cleveland Orchestra—has developed a particularly close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic as a guest conductor.
This performance features Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht—an expression of nature and emotion inspired by Richard Dehmel’s mystical poem—and Schubert’s 9th Symphony, considered to be his greatest work.
Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, “The Great”
Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.
Monday, February 27th at 4:00PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Fourth Floor
The Vienna Philharmonic occupied a special position under the Nazi regime: a private association in a cultural-political environment which imposed repressive rules of institutional and ideological conformity. In order to preserve its self-administrative structures, traditions, and performance capacity, the orchestra actively cooperated with the Viennese Nazi authorities after the integration of Austria into the German Reich. The personal ties and networks established during the war years between the orchestra’s administrators and Viennese governor lasted well into the post-war period.
In this talk, Silvia Kargl and Friedemann Pestel share their discoveries after being charged by the Vienna Philharmonic to review hitherto unknown sources on the Nazi years both in the orchestra’s own archives and in other collections.
Length: 90-120 minutes
Presented in collaboration with the Center for European Studies
Monday, February 27th at 6:30PM
Person Recital Hall
An overview of the evolution and history of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and how world and European events shaped the institution over its 175 year history provided by archivists and researchers Silvia Kargl and Friedemann Pestel.
Length: 45 minutes