Cal Performances' prestigious annual orchestra residency continues with a return visit by the venerable Vienna Philharmonic. You will have the unforgettable chance to experience the incredible sound of this remarkable ensemble, directed by three of the classical music world's podium greats.
Daniele Gatti, conductor
Juliane Banse, soprano
Fri, March 7
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)
Symphony No. 4 in G major
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Sat, March 8
Symphony No. 90 in C major
Symphony No. 3 in F major; Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Sun, March 9
Symphony No. 28 in C major
On Comparative Meteorology
Symphony No. 6 in A major
One orchestra, three master conductors. No other musical ensemble is more closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. Over a formidable 170-year history, the musicians of this orchestra have maintained a tradition of beauty and excellence in music-making—enjoying close associations with many of the most influential composers—Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Brahms, Liszt, Strauss, Mahler—and conductors—Richter, Furtwängler, von Karajan, Bernstein—in the history of music. The Vienna Philharmonic visits Berkeley for a three-concert residency with repertoire shining a light on the orchestra's deep connection to its famous musical legacy.
Highlights include Italian conductor Daniele Gatti, a renowned Mahler interpreter, in a program including Mahler's 4th Symphony; Brahms's Third Symphony (premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic in 1883) conducted by stellar Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons—"the next big thing among young conductors" (New York Times); and an exploration of enduring scores by influential Viennese composers (and a contemporary work from a composer who is creating in Vienna today), conducted by Franz Welser-Möst—a rare chance to experience his magnificent music-making beyond Cleveland where he is music director of The Cleveland Orchestra.
The Vienna Philharmonic's residency will also include extensive activities in the community and with UC Berkeley students, including master classes, chamber music, and a special symposium focusing on the history of the orchestra.