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The fourth appearance of the Vienna Philharmonic in Luxemburg led the organizers to produce a photo exhibit commemorating the first concert of our orchestra in that principality.
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On November 8, 2007, a Charity Gala to benefit the SOS Kinderdorf was held in the Palais Lichtenstein. A ensemble made up of 23 members of the Vienna Philharmonic and prepared for the event by concertmaster Rainer Honeck accompanied Anna Netrebko, Janina Bacchle, Neil Shicoff and the young Brazilian singer Luciano Botelho.
The Englich conductor Jonathan Nott made his Philharmonic debut at the festival "Wien modern" in November 2007.
Georges Prêtre conducted the first symphonies of Georges Bizet and Gustav Mahler in Vienna, Luxemburg and Dortmund.
Brigitta Grabner, the long-time secretary of the Vienna Philharmonic, passed away at the age of 72 on October 21, 2007, after having endured a severe illness.
The traditional annual benefit concert given by members of the Vienna Philharmonic on behalf of CS Hospiz Rennweg took place on October 15, 2007. This event has been organized every year since 2001 by Professor Peter Schmidl.
The Vienna Philharmonic played several concerts under the baton of the english conductor Daniel Harding in October 2007.
Daniele Gatti conducted concerts in the Vatican and in Turin.
Prof. Otto Nessizius, for many years a member of the second vioin section, passed away after a difficult illness at the age of 85.
In the general business meeting of the Vienna Philharmonic on October 5, 2007, two young musicians became members of the orchestra.
One of the most exciting aspects of contemporary music is to be able to personally meet the composer. This is exactly what happened for several students during rehearsals for the performance of the Cello Concerto by Georg Friedrich Haas under the direction of Jonathan Nott.
Due to extremely high demand, tickets for the traditional end of year concerts are drawn by lot over the Vienna Philharmonic website at the beginning of each year. In this way, music lovers from all over the world have an equal chance to purchase these highly desired tickets. Between January 2 and 23, 2008 registrations will be accepted to take part in the drawing for tickets to the end of year concerts 2008/2009.
The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2009 will be directed for the first time by the Argentinean-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.
Georges Prêtre became the first French conductor to lead the traditional New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna on January 1, 2008. Thus Viennese charm blended with French esprit to provide a unique musical experience which was seen and heard by millions of television viewers throughout the world by way of the Austrian Television Network's 50th broadcast of this annual event.
Die Salzburger Festspiele und die Wiener Philharmoniker, laden im Festspielsommer 2008 Kinder und Jugendliche im Alter von 7 bis 15 Jahren zu Opern-Musikcamps nach Schloss Arenberg ein. In der inspirierenden Atmosphäre des Schlosses werden spezielle Versionen jener Werke geschaffen, die auch bei den Festspielen zur Aufführung gelangen.