18. November 2007 · 3 comments · Categories: News

The third oldest orchestra in the world, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO), has managed to overcome a fair share of stumbling blocks in its 181- year lifespan. The CSO started this season with new hopes and expectations, and with nearly enough members to perform. (RTWT)

Anyone know who #1 an #2 are? Just curious! (And not willing to do any research at the moment.)


  1. Leipzig Gewandhaus and maybe some other 18th c. German orchestra?

  2. I looked it up, and Leipzig Gewandhaus is the oldest still in existence. It was founded in either 1743 or 1781 – I found two different dates at different web sources. After that, I don’t know.

  3. Thanks, Lisa!

    Btw, I just plugged “oldest orchestras in the world” into google adn this I was taken to a wikipedia page …


    * Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra


    * Royal Danish Orchestra


    * Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra
    * Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

    Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Orchestras_that_claim_to_be_the_oldest_in_the_world”