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In Vienna on December 27, 2008, Frau Professor Gerlinde Dill died at the age of 76.
The closing concert of the Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic took place On December 9, 2008, in the Schubert Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
On December 6, 2008, in the Brahmsaal of the Musikverein, a commemorative ceremony was held to honour the 100th birthday of Herbert von Karajan and observe at the same time the 100th anniversary of the founding of the association of the Vienna Philharmonic.
The year's Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2009 featured numerous premieres and a notable anniversary
On December 17 and 18, 2008, the Vienna Philharmonic participated in a particularly moving concert event. As a part of the 4th Philharmonic Soirée and a concert for the Society of Friends of Music, Alfred Brendel made his last public appearance.
In addition to this year's traditional concert Vienna Philharmonic for the "Festival Internazionale die Musica e Arte Sacra", Rainer Honeck, Milan Šetena, Christian Frohn und Raphael Flieder performed in the Basilika San Giovanni in Laterano.
Principal violist Professor Heinrich Koll and section leader of the second violins, Professor Helmut Zehetner were awarded the Honorary Ring of the Vienna Philharmonic at the general business meeting on December 2, 2008.
On November 15, 2008, as a part of the Philharmonic's contribution to the musical education of young people, an introduction to the program of the 3rd Subscription Concert was given.
Yevgen Andrusenko was granted membership in the Vienna Philharmonic at the general business meeting of December 2, 2008.
On November 25, 2008, Christian Thielemann conducted Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st and 2nd Symphonies in the Vienna Konzerthaus, with Rainer Küchl playing the seldom performed Violin Concerto in D Minor, op. posthumous, by Robert Schumann between these two symphonies.
Every year the International Mozart Foundation in Salzburg presents a notable artistic event in Europe's concert schedule - the Mozart Week. Seiji Ozawa, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sir Simon Rattle conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in its traditional three concerts at this annual festival in January 2009.