In 1990 Alois J. Hochstrasser realized the inter.pannon.music society, today called interpannon concert. The non-profit cultural association signals the historically rooted solidarity of the Greater Pannonian region and builds on cross-border, interpersonal understanding. Thus he has set himself the goal of cultural exchange of ideas between different peoples and nations in a common Europe.
Since its foundation Interpannon Concert has been the main organizer of the concerts of the Graz Concert Choir and the Orchestra of the Pannonian Philharmonic, which are composed of musicians from Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. In this constellation the ensemble has been performing 15 to 20 major concerts per year in Austria alone for a long time. The joint playing of music in the association, which comprises more than 250 active members, enables an intensive symbiosis of different cultures, languages and attitudes both artistically and creatively as well as socially.
Interpannonian Concert Society
The orchestra gives concerts mainly in Graz, Budapest and Vienna as well as in smaller cities in the Pannonian region. It reaches an audience of about 8000 people per year. Since 1997, the Interpannonian Concert Society has realised the festival concerts of the „International Summer Philharmonic Orchestra Leoben“ (today: „What a wonderful Europe“), since 2000 the orchestra concerts of the „Güssinger Kultursommer“ and concerts within the framework of the „Klangraum Krems“. In addition, the orchestra has given numerous symphonic and choral guest concerts and recordings (for radio, records, CDs and DVDs) at home and abroad.
The orchestra of the Pannonian Philharmonic has made it its mission to strengthen and demonstrate the European spirit and historically rooted solidarity. It is an extraordinary cultural document in South-East Europe.
The orchestra was founded in 1990 by Alois J. Hochstrasser, who also acts as artistic director and chief conductor. Only through years of friendly cooperation has it been possible to achieve the high quality that can be offered today. Together with his musicians, the conductor strives for the goal of making lively music that touches the soul.
Graz Concert Choir
The Graz Concert Choir was founded in 1971 by Alois J. Hochstrasser with the intention of offering regular choir-orchestra concerts to an interested audience in Graz and Styria on the one hand, and offering the many members of the Concert Choir the opportunity to get to know the repertoire of high-quality choir-orchestras and to participate in large-scale performances on the other.
In its 40 years of activity, the Graz Concert Choir has become an important factor in the cultural life of Styria and has won a loyal concert audience. In addition, he has gained considerable international recognition through concert tours, recordings and CD productions, as well as radio and television broadcasts. In 2006, the Graz Concert Choir was awarded the Graz coat of arms.
The founding of the partner association, the Styria Classic Choir Orchestra Academy, and the partnership with the Concert Youth Choir ensure a lively exchange between experienced and young voices. Choir singers from Budapest and Vienna are also regularly invited to participate.
In this form, on the one hand as a cultural platform in the Pannonian region, on the other hand as a cooperative ensemble between „young and old“, the Graz Concert Choir has achieved a unique and incomparable status as a choir. In addition to the extensive repertoire, which includes works from the classical period up to the 20th century, the choir has also performed a number of other works. The ode „An die Freude“ from the Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, „Missa Solemnis“ and „Fidelio“, „Chichester Psalms“ by Leonard Bernstein, motets and „Te Deum“ by Anton Bruckner and Requiem by Gabriel Fauré are among the works in the repertoire, Orfeo ed Euridice“ by Christoph Willibald Gluck, „Die Schöpfung“ and „Die Jahreszeiten“ by Joseph Haydn, „Elias“ by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, „Requiem“ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, „Carmina Burana“ by Carl Orff, “ and „The Seven Seals“ by Franz Schmidt.
Our motto: We like to sing. Together. With high demand.
Alois J. Hochstrasser
Alois J. Hochstrasser is founder, mentor and principal conductor of the orchestra of the Pannonian Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the artistic director of the Graz Concert Choir as well as the music director of the „interpannon concert“ and „Styria Classic“. He studied with Hans Gillesberger and Hans Swarovsky, among others, at the University and the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna; later he studied intensively with Sergiu Celibidache.
He is the founder and director of numerous festivals, music weeks and summer academies, such as the International Orchestra Weeks Erl (today: Tiroler Festspiele Erl), which he conducted until 1998. Among others, he founded the Styrian Society of Friends of Music and the Graz Symphony Orchestra. In cooperation with the Lions Club Hartberg, he conducted the annual autumn concert in the Stiftskirche Vorau for twenty-five years; he also conducted orchestral concerts for several years as part of the Güssinger Kultursommer.
His extensive oeuvre includes numerous guest conducting engagements in many European countries, in the USA and in South Africa, with orchestras such as the Erfurt Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the National Youth Philharmonic South Africa, the Lawton Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Lower Austrian Tonkünstlerorchester, the Zurich Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. As well as Film-. TV, CD and radio recordings, such as the first recording of Franz Schmidt’s “Book with Seven Seals“ and Hans Pfitzner’s “The Dark Empire“.
Since 1997 Hochstrasser has also been the artistic director of the nationally renowned Classic – Festival Internationale Sommerphilharmonie Leoben in Upper Styria.
Together with the Orchestra of the Pannonian Philharmonic, the Graz Concert Choir, the Graz Concert Youth Choir and in partnership with other top choirs from the Pannonian region and Styria, he offers a broad musical program with symphonic and choral symphonic concerts, as well as operas, oratorios and film music of the highest quality. For his artistic merits he received many awards, among others the Federal President of the Republic of Austria awarded him the Grand Decoration of Honour for Art and Science First Class. In 2001 the Senate of the City of Graz awarded him the Gold Medal of Honour of the City of Graz and in June 2006 the Governor of Styria awarded him the Grand Medal of Honour of the State of Styria. In 2009 he was awarded the cultural prize of the city of Leoben. In 2011, Governor Voves presented him with the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold of the Province of Styria.