Founded in 1985 by organist-conductor Martin Haselböck, the Orchester Wiener Akademie (Vienna Academy Orchestra) has earned a grand reputation for lively interpretations, their virtuosity and musicianship with a special “Austrian touch”.
Firmly rooted in the cultural life of the Austrian capital, Vienna, the orchestra has toured throughout Germany with music theater productions such as “The Infernal Comedy” and “The Giacomo Variations” with John Malkovich.
The Akademie also performs internationally several times a year with their “Resound” program in which Beethoven’s nine symphonies are played on well-preserved period instruments. Resound has been performed in Spain, Poland, Japan and South Korea.
Now, it’s Colombia’s turn, with a five night repertoire at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo that began on January 31.
On their first visit to Bogotá, and third to South America, the Wiener Akademie is performing the comprehensive Beethoven program under the baton of its artistic director Haselböck. “After working intensively to capture Beethoven’s original sound, we are very pleased to be able to communicate this experience and emotion the world,” remarked Haselböck. After the Bogotá presentations, two more Beethoven concerts are scheduled in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and Los Angeles.
On Friday, February 2, audiences will be charmed by Symphonies No.1 and No.2.
Saturday, February 3, brings Symphony No.7, which Beethoven called his “most excellent symphony” to the main stage, as well as the composer’s No.8 – considered his “Little Symphony.”
On Sunday, February 4, the Wiener Akademie plays the magnificent “Choral” Ninth, famous for its An die Freude (Ode to Joy) finale.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 took more than three decades in the making and is considered one of the most important works in Western music history. At the time of its premiere in 1824, the composer was completely deaf.
All performances start at 8 pm.
Ticket prices range from $20,000 pesos to $150,000 pesos.
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo. Ave Calle 170 No.67-51.