Designed by the architects Ludwig Baumann, Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Gottlieb Helmer in a mixture of historic, secession and art nouveau styles, it was larger, more modern and more innovative than the traditional Musikverein and was intended as a musical entertainment venue for all sections of the population. On the occasion of this milestone birthday, the Konzerthaus is holding a jubilee festival as part of the Wiener Festwochen – with the Berliner Philharmoniker as orchestra in residence.
Under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, they will give three orchestral concerts. The programme includes Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony and a selection of Pierre Boulez’ Notations (3 June) and Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony (5 and 6 June). However, the first concerts of this Viennese guest appearance will be given by the 12 Cellists and Concerto Melante on 2 June. This will be followed on 4 June by a chamber music concert with members and friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Ensemble-WienBerlin and Sir Simon Rattle. The works to be performed include pieces by Benjamin Britten, Gregory Emfietzis, György Ligeti, Paul Hindemith and Richard Wagner.