175th Anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic
This year the Vienna Philharmonic celebrates its 175th anniversary. 1842 was also the year of the founding of the New York Philharmonic. This led to a joint exhibition that opened on February 22 in the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. On March 29, the exhibition Vienna and New York: 175 Years of Two Philharmonics will open in the foyer of the Haus der Musik in Vienna, and can be viewed free of charge until January 2018.
The documents selected illustrate various highlights and reveal similarities as well as differences in the histories of these two venerable orchestras. In addition, the relationships of both ensembles to composers such as Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler are explored, along with their collaborations with such conductors as Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta. Another key aspect of the exhibit is the focus on the ramifications that the National Socialistic era had for both the Vienna Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic.
The exhibition is intended as an extension of the museum on the first and third floors of the Klangmuseum in the Haus der Musik. On the first floor of this building, in which Philharmonic founder Otto Nicolai once resided, is located the Museum of the Vienna Philharmonic, with additional documents and mementos from the orchestra’s history.
Vienna and New York: 175 Years of Two Philharmonics
From March 29, 2017 in the inner courtyard.
Entry is free!
Museum of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (First Floor)
In the specifically equipped concert hall on the museum's first floor, visitors can experience the highlights of the Viennese New Year's Concert and the Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert. Highest audio-visual quality and a festive ambiance allow you to dive in and experience this exceptional cultural events as if you had been there in person. The Best-Of versions will be screened every full hour, from 10am to 9pm daily. At Haus der Musik, visitors also get the unique opportunity to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra themselves, as “Virtual Conductors”.