Amidst the city
"Amidst the city" is the title of the Wiener Symphoniker's 22-23 season. With this title, they want to show their solidarity with Vienna and the Viennese people and, as always, present themselves as a living part of the city. They are rooted in the two large concert halls: the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Musikverein Wien, where they play a major role in shaping Vienna's concert life with more than 80 concerts.
New this season are the Beisl concerts, in which Wiener Symphoniker ensembles invite you to a musical Beisl hike, and the long-awaited film music concert "Cinema:Sound", which had to be postponed by a year in 2022 due to corona.
The annual highlights successfully launched last season are back on the programme: the Wiener Advent in St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Prater Picnic and the chamber music series in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.
A thematic focus in the 22-23 season is on two composers who have significantly shaped the musical life of Vienna: Franz Schmidt and Johannes Brahms. Schmidt's Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln, for example, will be performed - with choir and orchestra from the premiere cast 85 years ago. Brahms' symphonies will not only be heard in Vienna, but also at guest performances in Austria and Germany.
Already an acclaimed soloist in Vienna and on tour last season, Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang returns as WSY Artist of the Season 22-23. She will perform Felix Mendelssohn's E minor Concerto, Béla Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto and Edward Elgar's B minor Violin Concerto.
Season brochure 22-23
At home in Vienna
When the Wiener Symphoniker celebrate Vienna as a metropolis of sound, it can also be casual. For the first time, the musicians are going on a Beisl tour. Various chamber music ensembles will play in the most beautiful pubs in Schleifmühlgasse - without tails. Of course, the Symphoniker will once again be playing in the city's football and playground cages, giving concerts in the neighbourhoods, inviting people to the traditional open air in the MuseumsQuartier, to the Festival of Joy on Heldenplatz and to the picnic concert in the Prater at the beginning of the summer holidays. In the Kunsthistorisches Museum they enter into dialogue with art. The pre-Christmas season is a time for reflection. With trumpeter Alison Balsom and the Vienna Boys' Choir, the Wiener Symphoniker will bring St. Stephen's Cathedral to life with atmospheric Advent music.
At home in the world
With 40 concerts in 10 countries, the Wiener Symphoniker will take the Viennese sound to the world. They are going on several tours: across Europe with pianist Jan Lisiecki, on a tour of Germany with pianist Beatrice Rana and finally back to Asia. Concerts with violinist Hilary Hahn are scheduled in China, Korea and Japan. Of course, the orchestra will also travel through Austria - with the first two Brahms symphonies in their luggage.
Major Subject Opera
Traditionally, the Wiener Symphoniker have always been known as an opera orchestra. The really big opera is on the programme every year on the Seebühne of the Bregenzer Festspiele, where the orchestra has been providing the good sound since its founding year in 1946.
Since 2006, it has also been the opera orchestra at the Theater an der Wien, which will be fundamentally rebuilt in the 22-23 season - the first of the new artistic director Stefan Herheim. Hall E of the MuseumsQuartier will serve as an exciting alternative location. The Wiener Symphoniker will perform three operas here: Carl Maria von Weber's romantic opera Der Freischütz, Leoš Janáček's Das schlaue Füchslein and the family opera Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher by Gian Carlo Menotti.
Open Symphony: Music for everybody
Every year, the Wiener Symphoniker offer thousands of children, students, families and adults their first, in-depth or even unexpected experience of classical music. This season's school concerts and accompanying workshops focus on Igor Stravinsky, Bedřich Smetana and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. There are family concerts at both the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein, and there is even a family opera on the programme in Hall E of the MuseumsQuartier.
The Symphoniker are particularly keen to promote young talent. In 2023, the WSY Talent Award will once again give young musicians the opportunity to rehearse solo works with the orchestra and perform them in the Wiener Konzerthaus.
The Wiener Symphoniker offer seven cycles in cooperation with the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft. All subscriptions can be booked via our website as well as via the Ticket and Service Centre of the Wiener Konzerthaus.