NEW YEAR'S CONCERT | Salute to Vienna
January 3, 2016 | 03:00 pm
Marion and Attila Glatz, co-producers and husband and wife, both grew up in Europe: Attila in communist Hungary and Marion in Germany. The "Neujahrskonzert" - the 80-year strong tradition of new year's concerts, recorded live in Vienna and broadcast worldwide - was something incredibly significant to them both, before they ever met each other. Attila describes it: "Listening to that uplifting music year after year—on the radio long before the television was around, we looked forward to the light it brought into our lives and the sense of freedom it provided from the hardship of those most difficult political times."
Together, Marion and Attila brought the tradition to North America, and this series is now in 23 cities across North America over the week of New Year's, featuring nine conductors, 20 soloists, 88 dancers and more than 700 orchestra musicians across North America each year. To date, 285 Salute to Vienna concerts have been produced in the USA and 158 in Canada. Glatz feels it's his calling to bring this cherished tradition to new audiences: "This music is a flame of inspiration for us to carry forward and it is now a responsibility for us to ensure its protection by developing new audiences who will appreciate its beauty and importance for years to come.”
This January 3, be swept away by the romance of Strauss waltzes – including the Blue Danube, and melodies from operettas. Enjoy a star-studded European cast of singers, beautifully costumed dancers and the Strauss Symphony of America, conducted by Viennese conductor Matthias Fletzberger. Soprano Natalia Ushakova (Vienna) and New York tenor Brian Cheney will perform with members of the exquisite Europaballett St.Pölten (Austria) and International Champion Ballroom Dancers. An enchanting way to celebrate the New Year with the entire family.
Featuring The Strauss Symphony of America
Matthias Fletzberger, conductor (Vienna)
Natalia Ushakova, soprano (Vienna)
Brian Cheney, tenor (New York)
Dancers from Europaballett St.Pölten & International Champion Ballroom Dancers
When: January 03, 2016 | 03:00 pm
Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852