Vienna Imperial Philharmonics

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Christmas Concert - 21. Dezember  2019 - 15:30 Großer Saal, Musikverein


Vienna Imperial Philharmonics


The Sound of Christmas - Musical treasures for the Christmas season

Mykola Leontowycz
Carol of the Bells

Johann Pachelbel
Christmas Canon

Fairest Lord Jesus

George Frideric Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Saba

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane
Have yourself a merry little christmas

Sergei Prokofiev

Leroy Anderson
sleigh ride

John Williams
Somewhere in my memory
Star of Bethlehem

Franz Xaver Gruber
Silent night! Holy night!

Alan Silvestri
Polar Express

John Henry Hopkins Jr.
We three kings

What child is this?

Irving Berlin
White Christmas

Felix Bernard
Winter Wonderland

New Year's Concert - 03 January 2020 - 20:00 Great Hall, Musikverein


Vienna Imperial Philharmonics


New Year's concert

Francis of Suppè
Overture to the folk play "Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien" (A morning, a lunch, an evening in Vienna)

Johann Strauss son
On the beautiful blue Danube. Waltz, op. 314
On the hunt. Polka fast, op. 373

Carl Maria von Weber
Jägerchor from the opera "Der Freischütz"

Emil Forest Devil
The skaters. Waltz, op. 183

Johann Strauss son
Entry march from the operetta "The Gypsy Baron"

Josef Strauss
Fireproof. Polka française, op. 269

Johann Strauss son
Spring voices. Waltz, op. 410

Franz Lehár
Gold and silver. Waltz, op. 79

Johann Strauss son
"In the stream of fire of the vines" from the operetta "Die Fledermaus", op. 362
In the Krapfenwald'l. Polka française, op. 336

Giacomo Puccini
Waltz of the musette from the opera "La Bohème"
Johann Strauss son / Josef Strauss

Pizzicato Polka
Johann Strauss father
Radetzky March, op. 228

Leroy Anderson
Sandpaper Ballet

Tomaso Albinoni
Adagio for strings and organ g minor

Johann Strauss son
Gossip gossip Polka, op. 214

Julius Fucik
Winter storms. Waltz


This building is located on Dumbastraße/Bösendorferstraße behind the Hotel Imperial near the Ringstraße boulevard and the Wien River, between Bösendorferstraße and Karlsplatz. However, since Bösendorferstraße is a relatively small street, the building is better known as being between Karlsplatz and Kärntner Ring (part of Ringstraße loop). It was erected as the new concert hall run by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, on a piece of land provided by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1863. The plans were designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen in the Neoclassical style of an ancient Greek temple, including a concert hall as well as a smaller chamber music hall. The building was inaugurated on 6 January, 1870. A major donor was Nikolaus Dumba whose name the Austrian government gave to one of the streets surrounding the Musikverein.

Great Hall - Golden Hall

“As high as any expectations could be, they would still be exceeded by the first impression of the hall which displays an architectural beauty and a stylish splendour making it the only one of its kind.” This was the reaction of the press to the opening of the new Musikverein building and the first concert in the Großer Musikvereinssaal on 6 January 1870.

The impression must have been overwhelming – so overwhelming that Vienna’s leading critic, Eduard Hanslick, irritatingly brought up the question of whether this Großer Musikvereinssaal “was not too sparkling and magnificent for a concert hall”. “From all sides spring gold and colours.”






Brahms Hall

"In order not to promise too much it can be said that it has been made into the most beautiful, most magnificent, perfect example of a chamber concert hall that any of us knows in the world.” This was the reaction of a Vienna daily newspaper in October 1993 as the Brahms-Saal was presented to the public after extensive renovation work.

The surprise was perfect. It was a completely new hall. In contrast to the Grosse Musikvereinssaal, the Brahms-Saal had changed its appearance quite considerably over the years. When and how it acquired that slightly melancholy duskiness that was known to music lovers before 1993 cannot be precisely documented.




Glass Hall

As a venue for events from concerts to luxury banquets, the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium is not only the largest of the Musikverein's 4 new halls but also the most flexible in terms of usage.

Hub podiums enable the smooth transformation of the concert hall into a conference centre, the cinema into a ballroom, or the stage into a catwalk. State-of-the-art equipment for sound, lighting, video and widescreen digital projection provide the ideal conditions for half-scenic productions.
The Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium was designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer. With a height of 8 metres, the hall (including the gallery) can play host to up to 380 visitors.

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