Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna

Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna (must see)

The Wiener Philharmoniker is one of the most famous orchestras in the world and is consistently considered one of the finest. All of its members come from the ranks of the Vienna State Opera (VSO), and cannot even apply to the Philharmoniker until they have played for at least three years with the VSO. Until very recently, only men could ever hope to have a chance of playing with the famous Vienna Philharmonic.

Formed in 1842 as the Philharmonische Academie under the baton of Otto Nicolai, this is an interesting organization. All members have a vote in decisions about the orchestra, although there is an administrative committee made up of 12 orchestra members who generally handle the day-to-day administrative functions. There are paid support staff positions as well to carry out the day to day details as dictated by the orchestra. Conduction is done by guest conductors as there is no regular subscription conductor.

The unique sound is due to several factors, but probably one of the most important is the string section. All stringed instruments belong to the Philharmoniker, not the individual member. Some of these instruments have been played for centuries and in fact, four violins made by Stradivari are currently part of the mixture. Instruments are very carefully selected so that their unique sound will blend well with the others.

The waiting list for season tickets can be years long; however, there are a few tickets available for some programs. When plans are being made for a visit to Vienna, be sure to check and see if there are any seats available.

Why You Should Visit:
The building is intricately beautiful and the tour, fascinating.
The area itself is very happening so you should be checking it out.

Tip:
One must enter a computer lottery to win the chance to buy tickets for events, but it is well worth the effort.
One could also get a (cheaper) last-minute standing room ticket if one tries.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Vienna Philharmonic
Sight Location: Vienna, Austria
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
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