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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra defends the vaccination campaign for “” members

Before the early vaccination of the Vienna Philharmonic, there was resistance to this “privilege” within the Higher Orchestra. Philharmonic Board Member Daniel Froschauer, on the other hand, defends this approach.

2.39 PM, April 19, 2021

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, here with Christian Tillmann. © (c) ORF (Dieter Nagel)

Grand concert in Milan on May 12 in honor Ricardo Mutis 80th birthday – this is one of the reasons Wiener Philharmonker, It is for this reason that 95 senior members of the orchestra received the first dose of the vaccine against Corona last week in consultation with the city. It’s about staying able to play internationally and avoiding penalties for failures, and thus reasoning. There was also internal criticism about preparing for the vaccination in advance.

Philharmonic soloist warned orchestral musicians in an open letter. “Using good private contacts in order to obtain any kind of benefit legally would be perfectly legitimate, whereas I consider the way to jeopardize and put the public image of our Association to the test as a club-wrecking mistake, myopia and an incomprehensible decision!” According to the letter! Available to the APA, in which reference was made to a request from the Philharmonic leadership for “absolute discretion and confidentiality”.

“What are the advantages and benefits of a large“ hoped-for ”participation in the history of vaccination for our association? We cannot expect any benefits for people who have been vaccinated here in Vienna, and we cannot announce our vaccinations earlier than would normally be possible, but this is a great risk of being torn In the media because “the important people who can reform themselves” Is it possible to consciously accept potential harm to an orchestral image for vaccination three or four months earlier?The letter goes on to say, dated April 11. In comparison to “Press” (Monday edition), the musician in question made his form relatively out of date than expected.

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“We bring millions in revenue to this country.”

Opposite “Salzburger Nachrichten” he founded the Philharmonic Council Daniel Froshauer The vaccination campaign at least with the aforementioned Muti Party in La Scala in Milan on May 12th, which will be broadcast to 30 countries and will be one of the most important concert events of this year. And managing director Michael Bladerer Sunday in front of media representatives in general referred to the numerous philharmonic appearances in recent months – as state opera orchestras or in union music. “We are making a lot of money abroad, and we’re taxing it here,” said Bladerer, according to the Standard newspaper. “We are bringing this country a net income in the millions. We have so far received three percent of the lost income.”

The announcement of the vaccination campaign sparked the discontent of the artistic community. Over the weekend, IG Freie Theatrearbeit spoke of “a slap in the face” of all the other artists and saw a looming discussion of envy, “something that is very counterproductive at this time.” The authors of IG Autorinnen immediately demanded that other artists be included in the vaccination plan: “The reasons Philharmonic rightly claims also apply to all others, not just to individual events and to just one institution.”