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The Concert for the Republic took place this year, at the request of Chancellor Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer, on November 12, the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Austria.
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On October 25 and 26, 2008, in the large auditorium of the Konzerthaus, two concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic took place under HK Gruber, who performed as speaker, chansonnier and conductor.
Following the second subscription concert (Oct. 11/12, 2008), for which Christoph Eschenbach conducted Franz Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" as well as Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony, a brief European tour took place.
The Vienna Philharmonic's performances at this year's Salzburg Festival were largely dominated by Riccardo Muti, who conducted 15 performances and 14 rehearsals. At the end of the Festival commenced a further phase of concentrated work with this conductor, who since his debut with the orchestra in 1971 has been a constant fixture in the Philharmonic calendar.
In July/August 2008, the Vienna Philharmonic took part in the Salzburg Festival for the 84th time, playing 11 concerts and 26 opera performances.
Several varied musical activities characterized the Vienna Philharmonic calendar for June 2008.
On June 7/8, 2008, two Vienna Festival concerts took place in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic performing Giuseppi Verdi's "Messa da requiem" under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
After having performed the "Concert for Europe" in the park of Schönbrunn Palace annually since 2004, the Vienna Philharmonic presented in this unique setting the first annual "Sommernachtskonzert Schönbrunn" on June 3, 2008.
Lorin Maazel conducted the 2nd Symphony of Johannes Brahms as well as the Concert Piece for Violoncello and Orchestra, D Major, by Ernst von Dohnányi, featuring principal cellist Robert Nagy as soloist, on May 26 in the Konzerthaus, and the next day in Budapest.
On May 17/18, 2008, Daniel Barenboim performed as soloist and conductor as part of the Vienna Festival.
On May 3/4, 2008, the Vienna Philharmonic performed two concerts for the opening of this year's Vienna Festival. The program was comprised of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D Minor.
On April 14 and 15, 2008, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Vienna Philharmonic performed two concerts under the baton of Riccardo Muti.