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The Vienna Philharmonic at 175

28 MAR 2017

published in: Opera, Concert, General

Vienna Philharmonic © Terry Linke
In the history of the Vienna Philharmonic, which celebrates their 175th anniversary on 28 March 2017, Salzburg occupies a special place. “This is where the ensemble performed for the first time outside of Vienna in 1877. This is where the Vienna Philharmonic’s last tour during World War II ended and where its first tour after the war began. Starting in 1925, our city became the orchestra’s summer home. It is not an exaggeration to claim that without the Vienna Philharmonic, there would be a festival in Salzburg, but it would not be the Salzburg Festival,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

When, two years after the founding of the Salzburg Festival in 1920, a music programme was conceived for the first time for the summer of 1922, Mozart as a thematic focus and the Vienna Philharmonic were obvious choices. Ever since, the orchestra has set the musical standard which made Salzburg famous, playing approximately 2,200 opera performances and 800 concerts – always in cooperation with the conductors who set the tone from the orchestra’s podium.

For almost 100 years now, the Salzburg Festival has carried the message of music into the world together with the Vienna Philharmonic and its conductors.

Heartfelt congratulations on the orchestra’s anniversary from the Salzburg Festival!

Experience the Vienna Philharmonic this summer in the operas Aida, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Lear and Wozzeck and in their concert series!