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Themes and festivals in the season 2023/24

2023/24 | 2024/25

© Wolf-Dieter Grabner

Musikverein Festival: Courage!

4 May to 13 June 2024

Once again, an object from the priceless collections of the Musikverein provides impulse and inspiration for the Musikverein Festival: an original historical poster associated with a spectacular event in music history.

© Peter Meisel

Brahms | Levit

Both are at home in the Musikverein: Johannes Brahms, almost a kind of patron saint and constantly present through the priceless Brahms collection that he bequeathed to the Musikverein. And Igor Levit, most recently portrait artist of the Musikverein last season.

© Peter Schramek | Musikverein

200 Years of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

On 7 May 1824, an epoch-defining event took place in Vienna: the premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde will celebrate this great moment in music history in May 2024 with performances of the Ninth under Riccardo Muti.

© Wolf-Dieter Grabner

Bruckner | Haas

With a view to the Bruckner Year 2024, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde is placing symphonic, and chamber music works in an exciting context with music by Georg Friedrich Haas in four concerts.

© Brigitte Lacombe

Musikverein Perspectives: Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is one of the world’s most influential architects. As a passionate musician, he is at the centre of the Musikverein Perspektiven.

15 to 22 November 2023

© Collections of the Society of Music Friends in Vienna

Schoenberg’s 150th Birthday

Today, one tends to associate Arnold Schoenberg with scandal. This refers to the famous “Waddling Concert” in the Great Hall of the Musikverein on 31 March 1913. But this was by no means the only uproar and not his only appearance at the Musikverein. Archive director Johannes Prominczel provides some glimpses on the way to scandal.

© Wolf-Dieter Grabner

Musikverein close-up

Under this title, from the 2023/24 season, we will present programme focal points developed from the heart of the history of the Musikverein. Unique programmes that refer to events, personalities and works from the history of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and its music collection.

© Julia Wesely

Open doors

For more than two centuries, the “revival of music in all its branches” has been the main goal of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. For the Musikverein, “Alle Zweige” (“all branches”) also means being open to everything that has grown anew in Vienna’s urban society and calls for musical expression.