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Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra


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The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, created by members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1987, has gained international stature through its performances at Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, and on tours throughout Europe and Asia. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from orchestral works of the Viennese classical composers to contemporary Austrian music. The orchestra has premiered more than sixty-five works by contemporary Austrian composers. German pianist Sebastian Knauer appears as soloist with the ensemble, which is making its first tour to the United States. Knauer has appeared in prominent concert halls on four continents. The Hamburg native earned a Grammy Award nomination in 2005 for the album East Meets West, his collaboration with violinist Daniel Hope. Philippe Entremont, who guest conducts the ensemble, last appeared at Eisenhower Auditorium when he led the Munich Symphony Orchestra in October 2005. The Frenchman, also a graceful concert pianist and one of Knauer’s former teachers, has guest conducted many of the finest orchestras in Europe, Asia, and America. He’s the lifetime laureate conductor of the Munich Symphony and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

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Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra
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1Project Events

Piano Master Class

12:30 p.m. Thursday, February 6
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is welcome to observe as virtuoso pianist Sebastian Knauer leads a master class. Steven Smith, professor of music at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session.

Philippe Entremont conducts works by Beethoven and Mozart; pianist Sebastian Knauer performs Beethoven concerto

7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 6
Eisenhower Auditorium

Knauer is the featured soloist for Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. The orchestra’s program also features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, Haffner, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op.60.

Adult $57  |  University Park Student $19  |  18 and Younger $47


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Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring the orchestra's concertmaster Franz Fischer, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Conducting Master Class

9 a.m. Friday, February 7
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe as Philippe Entremont, conductor of the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, leads a master class for Penn State students studying conducting. Gerardo Edelstein, associate professor of music at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session.

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