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Silvester in Vienna

December 28, 2022 – January 2, 2023 | Vienna, Austria

The Grand Finale of 2022!
Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Singakademie, Heinz Ferlesch, Klaus Mäkelä and 16 auditioned singers of CHORALSPACE at the Wiener Konzerthaus.
A unique learning and performing opportunity!

Silvester Concert and Beethoven’s Ninth
one of Vienna’s most traditional events

Since 1975/76, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Singakademie have regularly celebrated the turn of the year with Beethoven’s Ninth, and while it was the legendary old master Erich Leinsdorf who conducted their performances back then, now, with the only 26-year-old Klaus Mäkelä, the designated principal conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra joins the illustrious succession of star conductors who have had and continue to have these joyful notes intoned in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

As Vienna’s cultural ambassador and premier concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion’s share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the city. The Wiener Symphoniker is one of Europe’s most prestigious ensembles with 128 members.

Vienna Singakademie

The Wiener Singakademie was founded in 1858 as Vienna’s first mixed choir. Very soon the Wiener Singakademie established itself as a notable part of Vienna’s concert life. In 1882, the young Johannes Brahms was brought to Vienna to serve as the choirmaster of the Wiener Singakademie. Over the years, the circle of conductors grew steadily including Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Bruno Walter. Many composers a.o. Edvard Grieg, Anton Rubinstein, and Pietro Mascagni premiered their works together with the Wiener Singakademie.

Heinz Ferlesch
Artistic Director Wiener Singakademie

In 1998, Heinz Ferlesch assumed the post of artistic director of the Wiener Singakademie. As one of its longest serving directors, he has shaped the style of the choir and has helped to build up a program to support and sponsor young artists. This includes not only the development and further training of the choir members, but also the inclusion of young, gifted soloists and ensembles in the concert programs.

Klaus Mäkelä
Principal Conductor

Klaus Mäkelä is Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of Orchestre de Paris and, since Autumn 2022, Artistic Partner of the Concertgebouworkest. An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, he has recorded the complete Sibelius Symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label. As a guest conductor in the 2022/23 season Klaus Mäkelä makes his first appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester and Wiener Symphoniker and returns to the USA to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Schedule of the project
at the Wiener Konzerthaus

DECEMBER 28, 2022
17:30 – 19:15 Choir Rehearsal, Schubert Saal
19:30 – 21:00 Choir Rehearsal, Schubert Saal

DECEMBER 29, 2022
09:30 Warm-up, Schubertsaal
10:00 – 12:30 Tutti Rehearsal, Großer Saal
14:00 – 16:00 Dress Rehearsal, Großer Saal

DECEMBER 30, 2022
19:15 Warm-up, Schubert Saal
20:00 Concert, Großer Saal

DECEMBER 31, 2022
18:15 Warm-up, Schuber Saal
19:00 Concert, Großer Saal

JANUARY 1, 2023
19:15 Warm-up, Schubert Saal
20:00 Concert, Großer Saal

Overview of costs
and requirements for application

The participation fee for the five-day learning and performing project is EUR 190.
We welcome experienced singers, able to join the final rehearsals of such a choral symphonic project. The final chorus of the symphony should already have been prepared in individual or group rehearsals. The dress rehearsal and the performances are to be performed from memory. A video recording of a freely chosen piece should be submitted with the application. The application will be reviewed and is to be confirmed by the artistic direction of the Wiener Singakademie.


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