Performance Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | 8 PM

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is an integral part of a city rich with a history of important composers and performers. The incomparable orchestra is joined by maestro Franz Welser- Möst for an exploration of enduring scores by influential composers from their native land and a contemporary work from a composer who is creating in Vienna today. The program includes Bruckner’s magnificent and genial Sixth Symphony and Mozart’s Symphony No. 28, paired with Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor


  • MOZART Symphony No. 28
  • JOHANNES MARIA STAUD On Comparative Meteorology
  • BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    There is perhaps no other musical ensemble more consistently and closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO). In the course of its 172-year history, the musicians of this most prominent orchestra of the capital city of music have been an integral part of a musical epoch that-thanks to an abundance of uniquely gifted composers and interpreters-must certainly be regarded as unique. Additionally, the orchestra's extensive touring schedule, prolific recordings, and global television broadcasts allow its artistry to be experienced around the world.

    The orchestra's close association with this rich musical history is best illustrated by the statements of countless preeminent musical personalities of the past. Richard Wagner described the orchestra as being one of the most outstanding in the world; Anton Bruckner called it "the most superior musical association"; Johannes Brahms counted himself a "friend and admirer"; Gustav Mahler claimed to be joined together through "the bonds of musical art"; and Richard Strauss summarized these sentiments by saying, "All praise of the Vienna Philharmonic reveals itself as understatement."

    The Vienna State Opera Orchestra holds a special relationship with the private association known as the Vienna Philharmonic. In accordance with Philharmonic statutes, only a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra can become a member of the Vienna Philharmonic. The engagement in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra provides the musicians a financial stability that would be impossible to attain without relinquishing their autonomy to private or corporate sponsors. Over the course of more than a century and a half, this chosen path of democratic self-administration has experienced slight modifications, but has never been substantially altered. The foremost ruling body of the organization is the orchestra itself.

    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's mission is to communicate the humanitarian message of music into the daily lives and consciousness of its listeners. For more than a decade, the VPO has given benefit concerts in support of humanitarian causes around the world, and since 1999, it makes an annual donation of 100,000 Euros from its New Year's Concert to a variety of international charitable organizations. In 2005, the orchestra was named Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization, and has served as an official Goodwill Ambassador for IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) since 2012. Since 2008, Rolex has been the Exclusive Sponsor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The musicians endeavor to implement the motto with which Ludwig van Beethoven, whose symphonic works served as a catalyst for the creation of the orchestra, prefaced his Missa solemnis: "From the heart, to the heart."

    Franz Welser-Möst

    One of today's most celebrated conductors, Franz Welser-Möst leads two of the world's great cultural institutions, as general music director of the Vienna State Opera and music director of The Cleveland Orchestra.

    Mr. Welser-Möst's long partnership with the Vienna State Opera has included several acclaimed new productions, with a focus on German as well as Italian and Slavic operas and the cultivation of traditional and new repertoires and innovative projects. In his first two seasons as general music director, he conducted the critically praised new productions of Hindemith's Cardillac, Janáček's Káťa Kabanová and From the House of the Dead, and Verdi's Don Carlo. During the 2013-2014 season, he leads new productions of Puccini's La fanciulla del West and Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen; revivals of last season's acclaimed stagings of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos; and the company's longstanding major productions of Fidelio, Parsifal, La bohème, and Der Rosenkavalier. In summer 2014, he will conduct Der Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival.

    The 2013-2014 season also marks Mr. Welser-Möst's 12th year with The Cleveland Orchestra, a relationship that in 2008 was extended through the orchestra's centennial year in 2018. With the orchestra, he has built close relationships with Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, giving performances of Bruckner symphonies in 2011 and Strauss's Salome in 2012 that achieved outstanding success. He and the orchestra also hold regular residencies at Vienna's Musikverein, at the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals, and in Miami.

    As a guest conductor, Mr. Welser-Möst enjoys an exceptionally close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2013, he had the honor of leading the orchestra's celebrated New Year's Concert for the second time in three years. Recordings of both appearances have reached double-platinum status. He has also performed with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals, the BBC Proms, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Sommernachtskonzert at Schönbrunn Palace, and on a regular basis as part of the orchestra's subscription series at the Musikverein.

    Mr. Welser-Möst's recordings, both on CD and DVD, have won a number of major awards, including the Gramophone Award, Diapason d'Or, Japanese Record Academy Award, and two Grammy nominations. He is the recipient of many honors, including honorary membership in the Wiener Singverein and Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, the Gold Medal of Upper Austria, the Decoration of Honor from the Republic of Austria, and the Kilenyi Medal of Honour from the Bruckner Society of America. He was named Conductor of the Year by Musical America in 2003, and is an Academician of the European Academy of Yuste.

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Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 (Scherzo)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Horst Stein, Conductor

At a Glance

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  Symphony No. 28 in C Major, K. 200

As he reached his late teens, Mozart suddenly grew into a potent and masterful symphonist. The Symphony No. 28 in C Major, though rarely played today, is one of the finest of these early symphonies. It is something of an undiscovered jewel among his works, with four movements of outstanding quality and variety.   

JOHANNES MARIA STAUD  On Comparative Meteorology

Young Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud says his music springs from "all kinds of influences, from literature to visual arts, from philosophy to science ... from conversations with friends to rambling in nature ... As a composer, you go through life with open antennas." His orchestral showpiece On Comparative Meteorology was inspired by Staud's passion for the surreal stories of Bruno Schulz, who created "a bizarre world ... with a hyper-realistic language of incomparable colorfulness."

ANTON BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 6 in A Major

Although he was labeled by his contemporaries "the Wagner symphonist," Bruckner's symphonies are actually the farthest thing from the Romantic/Wagnerian celebration of self. Instead, they are spiritual quests and homages to God, in whom he fervently believed and whom he sought to glorify in his music. The Sixth Symphony is one of his loveliest and most melodious works, one filled with memories of his rural Austrian homeland.

Program Notes


An Introduction to Vienna: City of Dreams

Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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