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What connects food, a classical concert and Converse?

Conductor Lorenzo Viotti effortlessly unites these three worlds and concludes that you are welcome where your heart is. No matter what you look like or what you are wearing, whether professional or newcomer.

And this is also the motto of our Club20: We are pleased to welcome everybody: professional concert goers or new audience.
And most important: We welcome you, just the way you are.

Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday

Leonard Bernstein is remembered as one of the most dazzling musical personalities of the past century - as an interpreter on the conductor's podium or piano as well as a composer, pedagogue and as a human being. Last but not least, he gave Vienna a wealth of musical moments in the Musikverein. The Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde proves its honorary member Leonard Bernstein, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on 25th August, with a diverse range of programs his due reverence.

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Visit from Windsor

Prince Charles at Musikverein

On the morning of April 6, 2017, music director Dr. Thomas Angyan was allowed to welcome royal guests to the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde: Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the Musikverein during their two-day stay in Vienna. With the utmost attention, they listened to the second movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, rehearsed by Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Golden Hall, and conducted lively and humorous conversations with the maestro, orchestral musicians as well as with the pupils present.

After this, the archive director Dr. Otto Biba presented them treasures from the in-house collections, such as the autographs of Mozart's great G minor symphony and Beethoven's "Eroica" with the erased dedication to Napoleon Bonaparte as well as - especially selected for music lover and former Cello student Prince Charles - Brahms' Cellosonata and two tickets for concerts given by Joseph Haydn in London.

World Stage. An interview with Harriet Krijgh: “magic moments”

Harriet Krijgh, who grew up in Vienna, is one of today’s most promising young cellists. At Vienna’s Musikverein she tells us about her special relationship with music: “When I play, I always strive to achieve the very, very best. When you’re playing a concert and become completely immersed in the music, you forget all about technique. You devote yourself completely to making music. And then these very special moments, these ‘magic moments’, happen.”

Dachkonstruktion des Großen Musikvereinssaales

In Rekordzeit erbaut, schuf Theophil Hansen mit dem Musikverein einen Konzertsaal von phänomenaler Akustik. Als hölzerne Schuhschachtel funktioniert der Große Saal wie ein überdimensionales Instrument. Die Decke liegt wie eine Membran über dem Saal, aufgehängt an einem Eisendachstuhl und schafft so einen großen, wichtigen Resonanzraum. Wie der Raum unterhalb des Saales, macht dieser den Klang komplexer und dadurch auch schöner.

Glittering gold and full of colour 

The new organ in Vienna’s Musikverein

A commission jury comprising five internationally renowned organists (Dame Gillian Weir, Olivier Latry, Ludger Lohmann, Martin Haselböck and Peter Planyavsky) worked together with the company Rieger-Orgelbau from Schwarzach in Vorarlberg to create an instrument with 6,138 pipes and 81 stops.

At an inauguration concert on 26 March 2011, the organ was blessed by the Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, a member of the Senate of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, since when it has admirably fulfilled its main function as an orchestral instrument in the symphonic repertoire with organ. 

A film by Kerem Unterberger