Each year, the Wiener Philharmoniker in Viena holds the New Year Concert.
The concert has an impressive tradition, being organized for the first time under incredible circumstances: during the 2nd World War, Clemens Strauss held a matinee on the 1st of January 1941 and so it played a big part in forming the Vienese individuality. The concerts aims to be a message of hope, friendship and peace, sent to the whole wide world at the beginning of every New Year.
The concert’s repertoire consists in the music of the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries, and the tickets are given after a drawing, given the fact that there has been a high demand for that. The application for the tickets has to be submitted almost a year before, at the beginning of every year for the concert that follows. In order to do that, you need to create an account here and fill in your details: name, age, address, email, phone. Also, you will need to select the tickets you would like to get. The tickets vary depending on the concert you want to get at (preview performance, New Year’s Eve Concert, New Year’s Concert) and they cost between 20E and 1090E. You can register for each concert once.
The registration for the 2017 concert can be submitted online at the link of the Wiener Philharmoniker website until the 28th of February. After the drawing, the winners will be announced on the 7th of March, through email and also on the personal account page of the website.
At the moment that I applied, there were already over 200,000 applicants. I heard of people that have tried getting a ticket for many years in a row, but never got a positive answer. Still, if there is a wish for that, you can try each year because just submitting the applications doesn’t hurt. Starting there, your luck will tell.
Well, good luck with applying and getting the tickets you want! 🙂