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A man and a woman look at Gustav Klimt’s painting "The Kiss".
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Proud host of the Eurovision Song Contest Vienna 2015

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Vienna Philharmonic

It is one of the best orchestras in the world; many think it is the best: the Vienna Philharmonic. It acts as ambassador of Viennese music around the globe - at concerts in Vienna, on tours and through broadcasts such as the New Year's Concert and the Summer Night Concert.

Sommernachtskonzert Schönbrunn of the Vienna Philharmonic 2010, view of the orchestra
Sommernachtskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker in Schönbrunn
Sommernachskonzert, Wiener Philharmoniker, Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn
Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert

For decades, the Vienna Philharmonic has given its New Year's Concert in the Grand Hall of the Musikverein. Works by the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries ensure a successful start to the year. Those who would like to be there 'live' need to strike lucky in the annual ticket draw through the Philharmonic's website. The audience of millions glued to TV sets in 80 countries takes part for free.

The second annual mega-appearance of the Vienna Philharmonic is of a very different nature: the Summer Night Concert in Schönbrunn, an open-air event for 100,000 visitors, with free admission and set against the fabulous backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace.

The Vienna Philharmonic then and now

The Vienna Philharmonic was founded in 1841 by Otto Nicolai. Many of its instruments are specially built, including the clarinet, the bassoon or the particularly difficult-to-play Vienna horn. The Viennese Strings join in to create an unmistakable sound experience, which always impresses:

Richard Wagner described the orchestra as being one of the most outstanding in the world, Johannes Brahms counted himself as a "friend and admirer" of the orchestra, Gustav Mahler claimed to be joined with it "through the bonds of musical art" and Richard Strauss summarized these sentiments by saying: "All praise of the Philharmonic reveals itself as understatement". 

Of note is the relationship between the Philharmonic and the State Opera orchestra: a musician can only apply to become a member of the Vienna Philharmonic when he or she has been a member of the State Opera orchestra. By contrast, all members of the Philharmonic play in the State Opera orchestra.