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Professors Adolf Holler and Nikolaus Harnoncourt were honoured with the presentation of the large Philharmonic gold coin.
On December 13, 2009, in the large Redoutensaal the Stephan's Matinee of the Association "Unser Stephansdom" was held for the second time. The musical program consisted almost exclusively of works by Joseph Haydn.
Concertmaster Rainer Honeck and Dr. Mario Karwan were awarded the Honorary Ring of the Vienna Philharmonic.
At this year's New Year's Concert, Georges Prêtre made his second appearance on the podium, and the presence of this pre-eminent French conductor had its influence upon the pieces selected for the program.
At a ceremony in the Hofburg on December 16, 2009, Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer presented five members of the Vienna Philharmonic with distinguished awards.
Franz Schmidt's oratorio, "The Book with Seven Seals" constituted the program for the 1st Philharmonic Soirée, two concerts for the Society of Friends of Music and a concert in Linz on December 17, 19, 20, and 21, 2009.
Featured in the Philharmonic's 4th Subscription Concert on December 5/6, 2009, as well as a concert for the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna on December 7th, was one of the most important works of Edward Elgar.
The 3rd Subscription Concerts of the current season on November 21/22, 2009, were followed by two special concerts broadcast for television from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein.
Due to the extensive travelling schedule for the Philharmonic this year, no date for an orchestral concert in the Vatican could be found. Therefore selected members of our orchestra formed an ensemble to give a chamber music concert in the Basilica Santa Maggiore.
The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2011 will be conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.