Vienna Philharmonic 1842 - 2017:
175 Years of Political, Social, and Music History

6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW Washington, D.C. 20008

In 2017 the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorates its founding 175 years ago. Travel through time from the 19th to the 21st century as Dr. Silvia Kargl, Archivist of the Vienna Philharmonic, and Dr. Friedemann Pestel, historian at Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, share the history of this revered Orchestra based on documents from the Orchestra’s historical archives. Learn about the distinctive structures which continue to guide its governance today, the Orchestra’s relations with the most famous composers and conductors of their times, the role of its musicians that have formed this unique musical body, and its affiliations with the different political regimes between the Habsburg Empire, National Socialism, and the Republic of Austria.