Orchester Wiener Akadmie was founded in 1985 by its artistic director Martin Haselböck. It has gained an international reputation as one of the most important period-instrument orchestras in the world through its lively interpretations and virtuosity. Profound expertise in the innovative and original preparation of historical concert programmes and formats has given the orchestra the status of a globally sought- after ensemble. Alongside international touring and nearly three decades of concerts in Vienna's Musikverein, the orchestra's main focus is on its own concert format RESOUND. This series brings back the experience of hearing musical works performed in the magnificent theatres and concert halls of their premieres, and on the instruments of the time. On its many tours, the orchestra can transport the knowledge about an evolved musical culture, acquired over centuries, throughout the world. Invitations to the most important concert halls of the world have taken the orchestra to many cities including Munich, Frankfurt, New York, Chicago, Peking, Seoul, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Osaka, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile and Bogota.
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Now in its 27th season, Musica Angelica is firmly established as Southern California’s preeminent historical performance ensemble, being described as “Southern California’s most important early music ensemble” the LA Times. Led by Music Director and world-renowned organist, Martin Haselböck, the ensemble has toured internationally to widespread acclaim.
Musica Angelica musicians play on authentic instruments of the period, or carefully crafted replicas. The ensemble performs its own series of concerts in Long Beach and Los Angeles and is in demand as a collaborative ensemble performing alongside LA Opera, the LA Master Chorale, and Long Beach Opera. Since 1998 Musica Angelica has produced several outstanding CDs with Concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann, Bach Cantatas and Operas by Handel. Major concert tours brought the orchestra to South America and major European Music Festivals. Joint ventures with the Wiener Akademie do include tours of St. Matthew Passion to Mexico, Italy, Germany and Hungary and touring the two Music theatre pieces „The infernal Comedy“ and „The Giacomo Variations“ with the actor John Malkovich around the world.