If you are a serious music lover and aspire to hear great music at one of the World's most famous and beautiful concert halls a bit of common sense is in order. The Musikverein is of course home to the Vienna Philharmonic and also hosts concerts by major visiting orchestras from other parts of Europe and U.S. etc. (Chicago S.O./London S.O./Bavarian R.S.O. for example) These tickets are always in great demand and not easy to obtain though if you are lucky enough to be staying at one of the city's top hotels your concierge might be able to oblige. If you get offered tickets by one of the many "period" dressed people in the street then it will be a strictly" tourist affair", which in effect means, nothing close to the standards of the VPO or other major orchestras and a programme of Mozart's "Greatest Hits" or similar ilk. Be prepared for annoying audience antics at these events. These concerts mostly take place "out of season" meaning during the Summer months and around Christmas when the major orchestras are taking a break. If you don't want to pay for a concert you can tour the hall at various times, well worth while as it's such a fantastic building.
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