The unique concert series "Concert Spirituel" by the renowned violin virtuoso Mario Hossen together with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra will enchant you from September to December 2019 in the Minoriten Church in Vienna. Experience the traditional concert cycle in one of Vienna's most beautiful churches with incomparable acoustics.
The Concert Spirituel (French for "sacred concert") is the name given to one of the first public concert series that was groundbreaking for musical taste in France and ultimately throughout Europe. The concerts first began in 1725 and later concert series with the same name also took place in Vienna, London and elsewhere. Initially, the concerts took place on religious holidays to provide classical entertainment when other spectacles such as the opera or theatres were closed. Sacred music and Italian instrumental music, secular cantatas and several symphonies, including works by great international composers, were performed.
For the second concert of the cycle "Concert Spirituel" on 26.10.2019, Maestro Mario Hossen is honoured to perform together with the internationally renowned & award-winning soloist Philippe Bernold. Philippe Bernold will take over the musical direction as conductor and flutist and will be in Vienna for the first time for the Concert Spirituel cycle.
Philippe Bernold graduated from the Paris Conservatory with the First prize in flute and was appointed first flute of the National Opera Orchestra of Lyon at the age of 23. In 1987 he won First Prize in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition. This prize paved the way for an international solo career with renowned artists and orchestras, from Rostropovitch to Gardiner. In 1995, he founded The Virtuosos of the Lyon Opera, with which he performed extensively thereafter. Since, he has conducted orchestras such as Sinfonia Varsovia, Simón Bolívar Orchestra (Caracas), Philharmonie Baden Baden, or Chamber Orchestra of Paris, name to but a few. His first CD won the Grand Prize of the Charles Cros Academy, and since then he has recorded more than 20 CDs with Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Aparté... Philippe Bernold is Professor of chamber music and flute at the National Paris Conservatory.
As part of this impressive concert, the violin virtuoso Mario Hossen will perform as a soloist.
Mario Hossen received his musical education in Sofia, Vienna and Paris. He made his debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of eight. His teachers included great pedagogues such as Gérard Poulet and Michael Frischenschlager. Mario Hossen is the artistic director of the Camerata Orphica, Varna International Music Festival and founder of the International Music Academy Orpheus in Vienna. Hailed for his incredible virtuosity and charismatic stage presence, Hossen plays a repertoire that ranges all the way from Renaissance music to Classic music to contemporary works and Jazz. As a concert soloist of international acclaim, Mario Hossen has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Orchestra della Scala di Milano, the Royal Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.
Hossen has performed with outstanding musicians like Bruno Canino, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Philippe Bernold, Lior Schambadal, Leslie Howard, Adrian Oetiker, Gérard Causse, Roy Goodman, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Boris Mersson, Leon Bosch, Georges Pludermacher and Jean-Bernard Pommier - among others. Several contemporary composers have dedicated works to Hossen and Hossen has commissioned works with composers , e.g. Tomas Marco, Rainer Bischof, Walter Baer, Gheorghi Arnaoudov, François - Pierre Descamps and Alessandro Solbiati. Hossen's musicological and artistic endeavors are focused among other things on source research on Niccolo Paganini.
The complete oeuvre of Paganini for solo violin and for violin and orchestra will be released as a historical-critical edition by Doblinger Music Publisher- Vienna. Several highly acclaimed CD's with the World Première Recording of some of the most famous works by Paganini in their original version were produced by the leading italian CD Label "Dynamic" Genova. Mario Hossen plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, 1749, on loan from the Austrian National Bank collection and is a brand ambassador for Peugeot. Hossen plays all concerts exclusively with his preferred strings, the Vision Titanium Solo strings manufactured by Viennese company Thomastik-Infeld.
The world-famous Wiener KammerOrchester will be under the musical direction of Philippe Bernold on this special concert .
The Vienna Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1946 and established itself as one of the world's leading chamber orchestras in the more than 70 years of its existence. The former principal conductor Carlo Zecchi and guest conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin and Sándor Végh were very significant partners of the orchestra. The internationally renowned reputation of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra is confirmed by its worldwide tours and regular appearances in almost all major European cities.
The original musical events of the Concerts spirituels, rich in historical tradition, were distinguished by the fact that they performed sophisticated sacred as well as secular music. Experience the incomparable Concert spirituel with Mario Hossen & the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the beautiful Minoritenkirche in Vienna. The concert series will take place on 5 selected dates with a varied programme, whereby the audience will be taken on an exciting musical journey leading from Bach, Vivaldi and Haydn to Strauss.
26th October 2019 / Saturday 7.30 pm CONCERT Nr. 2: „ERBEN DER KLASSIK“ PHILIPPE BERNOLD, Flute and musical direction MARIO HOSSEN and VALERIE LEOPOLD, Violin
Concerto for two Violins in D Moll BWV 104 Johann Sebastian Bach
Flötenkonzert Nr. 7 François Devienne
Symphony for Violins Nr.9 C-Dur „Swiss Symphony“ Felix Mendelssohn
Get ready to enjoy this unique concert series with the incomparably talented musicians in the beautiful, acoustically wonderful ambience of the Vienna Minoriten Church!
The Minoriten Church is a Catholic church built in French Gothic style and is located at the center of Vienna’s historic city centre, just a few minutes’ walk away from the Hofburg. The so-called Minorites were Franciscans who founded the Minorite Monastery in Vienna in 1224. The church building was completed in 1350, as one of the first Gothic churches in Eastern Austria. Since 1784, the church has been owned by the Italian Congregation and has grown to become the cultural centre of the Italian Catholic community of Vienna. It is often referred to as the Italian National Church of Mary of the Snows . The striking saddle roof of the church rises above the silhouette of Vienna's city centre and its "shot down“ tower is another striking characteristic of the building, dating back from the times of the Austro-Turkish wars. Since then, several alterations have taken place, the last major alteration being in the years around 1900, when the neo-Gothic annexes were built. The Minorite Church in Vienna is one of the oldest and most artistically valuable churches in the city and provides a unique venue for classical concerts.
Minoriten Church (Minoritenkirche) Minoritenplatz 2A 1010 Vienna
Dates and prices
The concert series „Concert Spirituel“ will take place on 5 different evenings. Concert start is always 7.30 p.m.
For all other dates, please click directly on the respective date.
27.9.2019 : Concert „ Antique arias and dances“
26.10.2019 : Concert „ Bach and Mendelssohn“ – solist & conductor Philippe Bernold
30.11.2019 : Concert „ Bach and Vivaldi“ – solist Piero Barbareschi (harpsichord)
26.12.2019 : Christmas Concert – solist Johannes Ebenbauer (organ)
30.12.2019 : New Year’s Eve Concert „ Tango and Waltz“
Tickets are available in different categories:
All prices are total prices, including all taxes and statutory fees. We do not bill any sort of additional charges.
Category Superior *incl. artist reception with wine tasting & buffet
The concert lasts approx. 75 min.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an e-mail containing your booking voucher. This is your e-ticket! Please print it out or download it on your smartphone/ tablet to show on the day of the concert at the evening box.
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How to go there?
You can take the metro line U3 until the station “Herrengasse“ and take the exit “Minoritenplatz“ which will lead you directly in front of the Minoriten Church.
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.