NEW YORK, NY — December 10, 2018 — Re-creating an 80-year old tradition born in the Austrian city, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is what co-founders Marion and Attila Glatz call a “moment’s opportunity to pause and look back over the past year and to welcome the new one.” For two and a half-hours, audiences are treated to a full orchestra performing an evergreen program of musical favorites drawn from the 1890s featuring polkas and operetta hits by composers like Strauss, Lehar, and Kalman. Duets, arias, and classical ballet, as well as international standard ballroom choreography are performed by a European cast. The concert is unique to North America in its treatment of popular music from almost 150 years ago; this music, that was written to entertain and to divert, is performed with respect to its origins of frivolity and fun, and the cast clearly enjoys their time on stage.
“We are very proud that our work fosters culture-sharing between Europe and North America,” Attila Glatz says. Produced since 1995, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert will ring in the New Year in 24 cities across the USA and Canada this season.
Salute to Vienna will be at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, January 1st at 2:30 PM featuring the Strauss Symphony of America, Viennese conductor Christoph Campestrini, Viennese soprano and tenor Iva Schell and Martin Piskorski, and dancers from Europaballett St. Polten (Austria) & International Champion Ballroom Dancers. The program includes overtures and selections from such operettas as Die Fledermaus, Merry Widow and Gypsy Baron, as well as favorite waltzes and as Attila Glatz notes, “Two encore pieces that are never missed: “The Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March close every concert!”