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Classical Strauss and Mozart Concerts with the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra
The History of the Vienna Hofburg
The Hofburg in Vienna is the former imperial residence. The Hofburg Palace complex was built between the 13th and 19th century. Six centuries of construction has strongly shaped the building’s appearance. The different wings of the former imperial residence portray the architectural periods of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque up to Classicism and the Wilhelminian era. Until 1918 the Hofburg Palace was the seat of the Habsburg dynasty. Almost every ruler had parts added or altered or redesigned and decorated for his family and himself.
The Festsaal (Festival Hall)
A smaller hall leads to the grand Festival Hall, which was erected under Emperor Franz Joseph I. in 1908 and completed only in 1923. The impressive ceiling frescos by the painter Schramm display Emperor Franz Josef I’s device: „Viribus Unitis“ (Latin = „with united forces“) and the reigning power Austria.. The center image shows Austria, surrounded by allegoric depictions of religion, justice, bravery, science, art, and agriculture. The 15 lunettes by Veith show significant rulers of the Habsburg dynasty. Other octagon sections by the painter Stauffer include images of Commander Charles of Lorraine (Karl v. Lothringen), John Sobieski – King of Poland, Commander Prince Eugene of Savoy, State Chancellor Prince Kaunitz, and Prince Metternich.
The Zeremoniensaal (Ceremonial Hall)
Leaving the Festsaal a side gallery leads to the Zeremoniensaal, built in the Classicist style from 1802 to 1806 under Emperor Franz I. by the Court architect Ludwig Montoyer. The magnificent cassette ceiling, carried by 24 round columns made of artificial marble, the so-called „stucco lustro“, which was in vogue at the time. In 1810 Napoleon I. chose the Zeremoniensaal for his courtship and to ask Emperor Franz I. for the hand of his daughter Archduchess Marie Luise. Until the end of monarchy in 1918 the Hall serves as the throne room where Emperor Franz I. gave knighthood to many Peers. Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830 – 1916) and his wife Elisabeth held annual symbolic foot washing ceremonies and washed the feet of 24 old men and women. This ritual was to honor the peoples’ religious customs and the reining couple saw it as their personal matter of care.
The Redoutensaal (Redouten Hall)
Built as an opera house in 1705 under Emperor Joseph I, grand baroque operas were performed in the Redouten Halls. In 1748 Maria Theresia commissioned Jean Nicolas Jadot to redesign this part of the Hofburg. The festival halls were the venues for many concerts, "Redoutes" (masquerade balls), as well as for the magnificent wedding banquet of Joseph II and Isabella of Parma.
The History of the Vienna Konzerthaus
In 1890 the notion of a future building to host musical festivals emerged and the idea was to create a new multi purpose building that should be more appealing to the broader public than the traditional Vienna Musikverein. Architect Ludwig Baumann had the first idea: His «Olympion» should hold rooms for concerts, an ice skating and bicycle clubs, and also include an open air arena for an audience of 40,000. This specific plan was abandoned but the general notion remained, and the construction of the Konzerthaus began in December of 1911. The same Ludwig Baumann together with famous theatre architect Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Gottlieb Helmer designed the building so that performances in the three large halls (Large Hall, Mozart Hall and Schubert Hall) can take place simultanously without disturbing each other.
Vienna is considered the world city of music. Especially the music of the Strauss dynasty and the Vienna Waltz in particular, has shaped and enchanted Vienna since the 19th century.
Founding of the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra
In 1971 the best musicians from all large orchestral societies in Vienna close ranks and formed the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra under the direction of the conductor Gert Hofbauer. Their paramount goal is to cultivate Viennese waltz and operetta music and carry it into the world. Regional and international radio and television productions, international engagements at symphonic concerts, as well as various recordings have spread the orchestra’s fame and popularity.
The Vienna Hofburg Orchestra Concert Season
The Vienna Hofburg Orchestra performs three times a week every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from May until mid October and additional every Wednesday from June to September. The concerts take place at the Hofburg’s historic halls located in the heart of Vienna. The concert venues are the magnificent halls in the Vienna Hofburg as well as the Vienna Konzerthaus or the Musikverein. Concerts begin at 8.30 pm.
The Program of the Classical Concerts in the Hofburg
The program includes the most popular waltz and operetta pieces by Johann Strauss, Emmerich Kalman, and Franz Lehar, as well as opera aries and duets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Vienna Hofburg Orchestra is composed of 36 professional orchestra musicians and 6 international vocal soloists.
Concert in Hofburg/Redoutensaal: Entrance is Josefsplatz
Concert in Festsaal: Entrance is Heldenplatz
Things to bring
Cancellation more then a week in advance: administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date : 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution
Concert in Hofburg/Redoutensaal: Entrance is Heldenplatz, 1014 Vienna
Concert in Festsaal: Entrance is Heldenplatz, 1014 Vienna
Date & Time:
8:30pm: New Years Eve and New Years
Addmission one hour before concert start!
Prices: Depends on Category (1 & 2)
Please note: Other dates, times and rates for New Years Eve and New Years.