Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra
Philippe Entremont, conductor
Sebastian Knauer, pianist
The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, created by members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1987, has gained international stature through its performances at Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, and on tours throughout Europe and Asia. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from orchestral works of the Viennese classical composers to contemporary Austrian music. The orchestra has premiered more than sixty-five works by contemporary Austrian composers. German pianist Sebastian Knauer joins the ensemble, which is making its first tour to the United States, to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. Knauer has appeared in prominent concert halls on four continents. The Hamburg native earned a Grammy Award nomination in 2005 for the album East Meets West, his collaboration with violinist Daniel Hope. The orchestra’s Penn State program also features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, Haffner, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, Eroica. Philippe Entremont, who guest conducts the ensemble, last appeared at Eisenhower Auditorium when he led the Munich Symphony Orchestra in October 2005. The Frenchman, also a graceful concert pianist and one of Knauer’s former teachers, has guest conducted many of the finest orchestras in Europe, Asia, and America. He’s the lifetime laureate conductor of the Munich Symphony and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Dotty and Paul Rigby