Vienna Classic Concerts
with Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss & Co

With the Vienna Classic Concerts, the Vienna Residence Orchestra (WRO) celebrates classical music in Vienna.

Performed are mainly works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. But they will also be joined by other well-known composers of Viennese Classicism and composers with a connection to Vienna. These include Antonio Vivaldi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and many more.

Vienna Classic Concerts with singer and orchestra at Auersperg Palace

With the Vienna Classic Concerts, the Vienna Residence Orchestra (WRO) celebrates classical music in Vienna.

Performed are mainly works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. But they will also be joined by other well-known composers of Viennese Classicism and composers with a connection to Vienna. These include Antonio Vivaldi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and many more.

Vienna Residence Orchestra
a brief overview

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1990

The Vienna Residence Orchestra was founded in 1990 by the pianist and conductor Paul Moser and his wife, the singer Sylvia Moser. The orchestra quickly grew in size and fame in its early years, and was soon invited to tours around the world.

1999

In 1999, the Vienna Residence Orchestra was one of the first orchestras in Vienna to establish a daily concert series of classical music in the Palais Liechtenstein. For 30 years now, specially designed programs have been presented with a sophisticated feel for the audience.

2014

In 2014, the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra joined the musical family. The eventful history of the Vienna Residence Orchestra can be found on our “History” page.

Today

Today the orchestra performs the concert series “Vienna Classic Concerts” in the baroque Palais Auersperg, the Vienna Stock Exchange and other historic palaces in the heart of Vienna.

There, an ensemble from our family of musicians will accompany you on a journey through Vienna and the history of its composers with their most important works.

The Vienna Classic Concerts celebrate several anniversaries
2023

In 2023 the Vienna Classic Concerts will celebrate a number of anniversaries of some composers who played a big part in the history of classical music in Vienna.

Franz Schubert died 195 years ago on November 19th. 1828 at the young age of 31 in Vienna. His most famous works include the “Unfinished Symphony” and his more than 600 “Lieder” (art songs).
Although Schubert worked in the tradition of Viennese Classicism, he is also considered, alongside Beethoven, to be the founder of romantic music in the German-speaking world.

Antonio Vivaldi was born 345 years ago on March 4th, 1678 in Venice. After his death in Vienna in 1741, Vivaldi’s music was largely forgotten before being rediscovered in the mid-20th century.
Today, Vivaldi is considered one of the greatest baroque composers, and his best-known work, The Four Seasons, is one of the masterpieces of classical music.
Depending on the time of year, you will hear a sentence from the appropriate “season” in the Vienna Classic Concerts.

On May 7, 1833, 190 years ago, Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg. He is still considered one of the most important composers in music history. His music is characterized by its complexity and emotional depth. Johannes Brahms lived in Vienna from 1872, where he also died in 1897. The Vienna Classic Concerts regularly play his “Hungarian Dances”.

In 2023 the Vienna Classic Concerts will celebrate a number of anniversaries of some composers who played a big part in the history of classical music in Vienna.

Franz Schubert died 195 years ago on November 19th. 1828 at the young age of 31 in Vienna. His most famous works include the “Unfinished Symphony” and his more than 600 “Lieder” (art songs).
Although Schubert worked in the tradition of Viennese Classicism, he is also considered, alongside Beethoven, to be the founder of romantic music in the German-speaking world.

Antonio Vivaldi was born 345 years ago on March 4th, 1678 in Venice. After his death in Vienna in 1741, Vivaldi’s music was largely forgotten before being rediscovered in the mid-20th century.
Today, Vivaldi is considered one of the greatest baroque composers, and his best-known work, The Four Seasons, is one of the masterpieces of classical music.
Depending on the time of year, you will hear a sentence from the appropriate “season” in the Vienna Classic Concerts.

On May 7, 1833, 190 years ago, Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg. He is still considered one of the most important composers in music history. His music is characterized by its complexity and emotional depth. Johannes Brahms lived in Vienna from 1872, where he also died in 1897. The Vienna Classic Concerts regularly play his “Hungarian Dances”.

What is Viennese Classicism?

 

From 1770 onwards, a very specific style of music developed, especially in Vienna, which we now call Viennese Classicism.
Three great names stand for this epoch: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.

At that time, Vienna was THE center for composers of classical music and some of the greatest works by important musicians were created there. Viennese Classicism was a kind of compositional retrospective on the Baroque period.

The composers revived some techniques and compositional processes from the Baroque period, e.g. the broken instrumentation. Here individual instruments (especially in orchestral music) like to detach themselves from the melody, which creates a new timbre, while the melody as a whole is retained.

The Vienna Residence Orchestra has set itself the task of performing the works of Viennese Classicism to the highest perfection, while still staging them in an accessible manner.

Other composers of our concerts
and their most famous works

Beethoven and Mozart, true representatives of Viennese classicism, are joined by other well-known composers in the program of our Vienna Classic Concerts. The common thread that runs through the varied program is that they all have strong ties to Vienna. And all have enriched our lives with wonderful classical music.

Most know Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven and/or Vivaldi. (And if you’re not sure if you know a piece by at least one of these names, you’ve certainly already heard several well-known works by them)

With Brahms and Lehár it gets more difficult and many may not know Schubert. That is why we at the Vienna Residence Orchestra have created a short overview of the composers of our Vienna Classical Concerts:

Composer*famous for
Antonio Vivaldi1678 1741The Four Seasons
Joseph Haydn17321809The Creation
W.A. Mozart1756 1791The Magic Flute
Ludwig v. Beethoven177018275th Simphony
Franz Schubert17971828Unfinished Symphony
Johann Strauss father18041849Radetzky March
Johann Strauss son18251899Blue Danube Waltz
Johannes Brahms18331897Hungarian Dances
Franz Lehár18701948The Merry Widow

Our ensemble

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The Program
of the Vienna Classic Concerts

The program of the Vienna Residence Orchestra provides more than an hour of entertainment with many well-known works by the great composers of classical music.

Here is a small excerpt from our program, which can change both seasonally and depending on the vocal soloist:

  • Antonio Vivaldi: a movement from the “Four Seasons” – depending on the season
  • W.A. Mozart: “A Little Night Music”, “Le Nozze di Figaro” Overture, “Papageno – Papagena” from “The Magic Flute”
  • Ludwig van Beethoven:“Romance in F major”
  • Johann Strauss: “Viennese Blood Waltz”, “Danube Waltz
  • Franz Lehár: “Ball Sirens” aus “The Merry Widow
  • Joseph Haydn: “Serenade op.3”, Nr.5, Andante Cantabile

and many more…

Just visit our concert and personally enjoy this hour of Classical Music, which you simply have to experience in Vienna!

Reviews
from our Guests

Brenda JephcottBrenda Jephcott
08:00 17 May 22
Danube Cruise brought us to Vienna so we just had to do a concert. Enjoyed every single moment of this “packaged for the tourist” delight. What an amazing sound from just 3 violins, a cello, double bass, piano and flute plus 2 dancers and 2 singers. Worth every cent - plus a complementary glass of sparkling wine in the interval. Highly recommend.
Travis BensonTravis Benson
19:59 10 May 22
Must do while in Vienna. Sure it's a bit touristy, but the music of Mozart should be heard while in Austria!
George PolzerGeorge Polzer
08:45 14 Nov 21
I was born in Vienna lived there until 11 years old now back from United States after 30+ years... this concert made me proud of my heritage and beauty of the Austrian/Vienna culture. Great performance and in spectacular palaze location, must see and support the orchestra during Covid.
Matthew DumasMatthew Dumas
20:59 04 Nov 21
I am surprised that this event got some low reviews. First of all, you must understand what you are going to experience. This is a small chamber Orchestra with a huge sound. The acoustics in this room are exquisite. All of the performers are above average to outstanding. This concert caters to tourists because you are not paying a ridiculous price to see a show at the opera house. You do not have to dress up in your best suits and dresses. The time of the show is a manageable timeframe even for children. You are going to get a very good sample of musical culture of Vienna. Mozart, Strauss, etc. This show is very casual it caters to the casual listener.Back when Mozart was performing here in Vienna, he often performed to small intimate groups. That is what this is.I think that if you go into this with the right state of mind, you will enjoy it immensely.
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Our next Concerts
2024

Apr 2024

Datum/Zeit Veranstaltung
April 10, 2024
20:30 - 22:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Old Stock Exchange Palace, Wien
April 11, 2024
20:30 - 22:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Old Stock Exchange Palace, Wien
April 12, 2024
18:30 - 20:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Old Stock Exchange Palace, Wien
April 12, 2024
20:30 - 22:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Old Stock Exchange Palace, Wien
April 13, 2024
18:30 - 20:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Daun-Kinsky Palace, Wien
April 13, 2024
20:30 - 22:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Daun-Kinsky Palace, Wien
April 14, 2024
20:30 - 22:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Daun-Kinsky Palace, Wien
April 15, 2024
20:30 - 22:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Old Stock Exchange Palace, Wien
April 16, 2024
20:30 - 22:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Daun-Kinsky Palace, Wien
April 17, 2024
18:30 - 20:00
Vienna Classic Concerts
Daun-Kinsky Palace, Wien

If you would like to learn more about the eventful history of the Vienna Residence Orchestra, simply follow us on Instagram at “wiener.residenzorchester” or browse through our timeline on our “History” page.