What is a chamber orchestra and how is it different from a symphony or philharmonic orchestra? Since 1946, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra has been a household name, leading that conversation as a classical music trailblazer. Before the Pandemic, the Chamber Orchestra toured the globe monthly, offering high-profile audiences the signature mix of native cosmopolitanism that makes Vienna, Vienna. What lies ahead for the dynamic post-War chamber orchestra and Viennese classical music, more generally? Whom better to ask than violist John Moffatt, a Viennese of Canadian descent who has been a member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra since 1976 and – as one would expect from a representative of this city of arts, science and international cooperation – spent decades managing “isotope-specific radioactivity monitoring services, primarily in nuclear power plants, but also in mine, oil fields and anywhere else radioactivity may be measured.” Come welcome the Vienna Chamber Orchestra to our show!
(Photo: The Vienna Chamber Orchestra performs in the Large Hall of Vienna’s Konzerthaus [undated])