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“There is more than 1 Concert Hall... pick based upon your musical preferences”
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Vienna Mozart Evening: Gourmet Dinner and Concert at the Musikverein
Ranked #35 of 564 things to do in Vienna
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“There is more than 1 Concert Hall... pick based upon your musical preferences”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

There are several music options in Vienna for you to choose from. This definitely was a highlight of our trip to Vienna and who could imagine coming to Vienna w/o hearing music.

we saw the Wiener Mozart Konzerte in the smaller music hall. As with most performances you'll hear (exclusing Philharmonic orchestra), you will typically hear 1 mvmt from more popular pieces from Mozart and Strauss. Also, you'll hear some arias & duets. The musicians are dressed up in period costumes (sans the principal player).

In my opinion, choose the music option that works for your schedule and choose the pieces that you want to hear. There are many great musicians in Vienna. Unless you are a die-hard listener of classical music, any of these groups should give you a great evening!

Note: Dress code - I saw all types (except for long dresses, gloves, and white tuxes and the other extreme - shorts)

Length: 2 hours wih 15 min intermission
Seating: Pay the money and get good seats. especially with the singers, if you sit too far back, the orchestra will overpower them and you cannot hear....

Visited May 2014
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“Golden hall amazing! ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

If you weren't able to purchase a show during your stay in Vienna since it's all fully booked most of the time. You can purchase a 6€ tour guide ticket! The tour will include a guide that will speak in English and will talk about the history of the building. It will lead you to several concert halls depending which ones will be available since the halls are being used for rehearsals and shows on a daily basis. In the end, you will be ended in the infamous golden hall. The tour guide will mention photos are not allowed but you can sneak in a few if you can.

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“First rate, but don't pay top rate. ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

A great performance in a stunning location, with the Mozart that you know and love. The musicians are top notch, although the singers were occasionally overpowered by the orchestra. It's an affordable evening out, without the serious and overbearing crowds of the Opera. There is no ticket control, so most cheaper ticket holders simply move into unoccupied premium seats once the performance begins. It left us wondering why the attendants choose not to control the seat crashes, and allow the free upgrade. We felt our median priced seats were perfectly enjoyable and provided excellent sight lines and offered good value, especially for the finale, the famous clap-along Johann Strauss "Radetzky March". We recommend the Musikverein if you're looking to add music to your stay in Vienna.

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“Musikverein - Tips for securing tickets”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Musikverein - Tips for attending a performance

The Wiener Musikverein is an important concert hall found in Vienna. It is home to the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, which is regarded as one of the finest orchestra companies in the world. Similarly, the Grand Hall (Golden Hall) at Musikverein is regarded as one of the finest concert halls in the world due to its world-class acoustical environment. This makes for special environment for music lovers interested in attending a performance when visiting Vienna.

Hint: You can take pictures of the hall before performances and during intermissions.

Below are some tips for securing tickets at Musikverein.

Buying tickets
Once you've decided to attend a performance in the Musikverein, check out the season schedule to identify a matinee or dinner performance to target. Tickets can be easily booked online and naturally, those for choice performances are snapped up quickly. Later bookings can be difficult if going with a group, as you may not sit with each other and available seats will likely have restricted views.

Register at the Musikverein website. This is required for any online purchase and if done before the actual time of booking, it will speed up the ticket selection process. For top draws, take note of the date and the local time that tickets start selling online (you can sign up for email reminders too) and buy at the soonest possible time.

Selecting seats
Which seat will depend on your budget and availability. The website will show the available seat categories and one can opt for the system to choose the "best available seat" depending on your budget. This is an efficient way to secure tickets especially for top performances that get sold quickly. Note such availability also depends on the volume trying to book at the same time. "Better" seats might be available a few minutes later, but holding off can also mean losing good seats.

Our experience: We booked tickets on the 1st ten minutes of ticket sales for the Berliner Philharmoniker. Already, none of our preferred seats were available, while preferred seat categories were in the back rows (partly obscured). In the end we had Cercle seats (2nd row on the floor) and found the acoustics were not hindered by the proximity to the orchestra.

Dress code
Dress like going to a nice restaurant. It will not hurt to dress up.

On the day/evening of the performance:
Arrive 30 minutes early for photo taking, especially in the Golden Hall, which is very photogenic.

We recently attended a performance in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein by the visiting Berliner Philharmoniker, led by the dynamic Sir Simon Rattle. During the evening, we greatly enjoyed Brahms and Debussy pieces as well a special piece called 'Dark Dreams', which was recently commissioned for the Berliner Philharmoniker by famed Austrian composer, Georg Friedrich Haas. Dark Dreams was intense, ominous and seemed to require great technical skill for the musicians to play. In the end, this was a lovely evening, one that we'd happily repeat many times over.

Visited March 2014
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“An emotional musical experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

This is one of those places that I never thought I'd visit in the flesh, let alone get to a concert there, so to make it on my first time in Vienna, and see my home town band, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, play two concerts there was an unforgettable experience.

Joining up with the CBSO's European tour was a 60th birthday treat, with the highlight being a chance to sample them making music in one of the most famous concert venues in the world. Initial impressions are not necessarily striking: the exterior is not exceptional, and the crowded foyer is not brilliantly signposted, so finding a loo or even where you're supposed to be sitting is not easy. You have to hand in outdoor coats etc., but this is no problem, because the ladies collect in and return your items with remarkable efficiency and good humour. Indeed, I found all the well attired staff to be approachable and ready to help. As for the interior, you may have seen it on the tele, but it still takes your breath away when you see it in the flesh. Even more importantly, the much vaunted acoustics are superb: the sound is warm and keeps its clarity even when the orchestra is going full tilt. I especially enjoyed how the woodwind seem to come through with a beautiful, unforced naturalness.

At the end of the day, for all its merits and history, I wouldn't swap the Musikverein for Birmingham's marvellous Symphony Hall, but the chance to see the CBSO play their socks off to a packed hall in accompaniment to Anne Sophie Mutter in Brahms, and then in Stravinsky's Petrushka, and hear the rapturous applause and cheers of an audience used to listening to the Vienna Phil, was one of the best concert going experiences of my life. All in all, an unforgettable 60th birthday treat!

Visited March 2014
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