Preview by Rodney Punt
If you are stumped on which of the Big Three television shows to watch on New Year’s Day -- the Rose Parade, a college bowl game, or the Viennese New Year's Concert -- I have a solution. See the first two, record the Vienna broadcast, and come two days before to a live performance of SALUTE TO VIENNA, the magnificent re-creation of Vienna’s world famous Neujahrskonzert, which returns after a two-year hiatus to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, December 30th, at 2:30 PM.
Expect your favorite Schlagsahne-filled musical bon-bons, danced and sung by chiffon-draped ballerinas and champagne-drenched counts. This New Year’s concert features the operetta music of Johann Strauss Jr. (Die Fledermaus and Gypsy Baron) and the Hungarian-born Emmerich Kálmán (Countess Maritza). In addition, you will also hear some of your favorite waltzes and polkas and later on a few other surprises.
Conducting the program will be Southern California’s favorite Austrian transplant, Andreas Mitisek. The Viennese-born Artistic and General Director of the avant-garde Long Beach Opera (and recently also the Chicago Opera Theater) knows his way around the audience-friendly traditions of his native city, having helmed productions at the center of musical gaiety, the Wiener Volksoper. Mitisek will lead the 75 musicians of the Strauss Symphony of America, combined with the talents of two Hungarians, soprano Anita Lukács and tenor Zsolt Vadasz, and the Hungarian National Ballet and International Champion Ballroom Dancers.
Tickets to see NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2013 – SALUTE TO VIENNA range from $35 to $115 and are available online at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or by calling 1 800 745 3000.
Visit Salute to Vienna for more information.
WHEN: Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm
TICKET PRICES: $35.00 - $115.00
PURCHASE TICKETS: (800) 745 3000 -- Or at Ticketmaster
Photos: Attila Glatz Concert Productions
Rodney Punt can be reached at Rodney@artspacifica.net