Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra set to visit Huntington on First-Ever U.S. Tour

Updated 40 weeks ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, West Virginia Department of Education, Chesapeake Energy, Guyan International, and Cabell County Commission present the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra.  This event will be held at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.  Featuring Conductor Philippe Entremont and Guest Pianist and GRAMMY nominee Sebastian Knauer, this ensemble was created by members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1987.  The evening’s program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Lehar & Strauss, and more.

The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra has gained international fame in part thanks to its conductor, Philippe Entremont.  This renowned orchestral conductor has a tireless dedication to developing an orchestra’s artistic potential and has helped ensembles achieve international tours like Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, and tours throughout Europe and Asia.  As for Entremont’s accomplishments, they are wide and varied.  In 1997, he created the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival.  Currently, he acts as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Festival Orchestra.  Also, Entremont has led a tour of eleven concerts with the Orquestra de Cadaques in Asia as well as a tour in Switzerland and Germany conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.  Acting as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, he led a 2005-2006 US tour and finished off with a very successful 15-concert tour of the U.S. in 2009.

Awards and accolades are no stranger to Entremont, who has accumulated a vast amount of such recognition over the length of his career.  For example, he was among the 10 most accomplished pianists selected to perform in the “Piano Extravaganza of the Century” at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  One of the most recorded artists in history, Entremont has appeared on many labels including CBS Sony, Teldec, and Harmonia Mundi.  Furthermore, Entremont has earned the Great Cross of the Austrian Republic Order of Merit, Officer of the French Legion of Honor, Commander of the Order of Merit, Commander of the Order of Arts et Lettres, and the Arts and Sciences Cross of Honor of Austria.

Accompanying Entremont for this concert as guest pianist is Sebastian Knauer.  Born in Hamburg in 1971, Knauer has an intense style that has led to much success across the span of his career.  He has in fact become a house hold name internationally and has given performances in over 50 countries and on four continents.  Knauer is also known for his unique programme planning, where he exhibits solo recitals and reveals connections between different compositions.  Performing on many pieces with his duo-partner, violinist Daniel Hope, Knauer was nominated for awards from Klassic Echo and THE GRAMMY AWARDS.  Concerning his interests, Knauer has affection for chamber music and has in fact performed with a number of esteemed colleagues.

Knauer’s collaboration experience doesn’t stop here, however.  He has recently collaborated with many incredible conductors and ensembles.  Playing alongside Hamburg Philharmonic, Knauer performed the entirety of Mozart’s 27 piano concertos between 1999 and 2002.  Kanuer’s ambition also runs deep, as he created his own Festival mozart@augsburg.  During the first half of September Knauer will provide concerts in Mozart’s city of Ausburg and performing artists such as Daniel Hope, Jan Vogler, and Lars Vogt.

As for the ensemble itself, their repertoire ranges from Viennese orchestral pieces to contemporary Austrian music.  The orchestra has debuted over sixty-five contemporary Austrian pieces.  They have gained global stature through their performances at Musikverein in Vienna, Austria and tours through Europe and Asia.  The Verein Orchestra has been welcomed by many prestigious music festivals and concert halls including the Wiener Festwochen, the Bregenz Festival, the Menuhin Festival, and many more.  This particular tour will be very special for the ensemble considering this is their very first time performing in the U.S.  Various works that patrons can look forward to include Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37 (performed by Sebastian Knauer); Lehar’s Piave Marsch; Strauss Jr’s. Voices of Spring, Waltz, op. 410; etc.

This orchestra has also experienced international praise through release of their works.  For example, the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra’s Michael Haydn recording was nominated for the Amadeus Classic Award, category “Orchestra and Large Ensemble” in 2005.  This work features pieces by Lepold Mozart, Michael Haydn, Reihhard Suss and Jean Francaix.

Tickets for the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra are $72.55 / $54.36 / $40.45. The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra is sponsored by the West Virginia Education Policy Commission, West Virginia Department of Education, Chesapeake Energy, Guyan International, Cabell County Commission, RBC Wealth Management, The Earleen Heiner Agee & Robert W. Agee Fund of the Foundation For the Tri-State Community, Inc., Kindred Communications, Edward Tucker Architects, Huntington Federal, Rahall Transportation Institute, West Virginia Department of Education & Arts (Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary), Delegate Kevin Craig, Marsha Slater Insurance, Dr. Stephen Nicholas, KEE 100, WVHU, The Herald-Dispatch, WSAZ, Marshall University, and the Marshall Artists Series.

Be sure to contact the Marshall Artists Series box office at 304-696-6656 for your opportunity to enjoy the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra.  You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Marshall University campus.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. 

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