Celebrate the New Year with Strauss Waltzes and Operetta, featuring European Singers, Dancers and Full Orchestra!
Salute to Vienna is a Celebration!
With this extravaganza of beautiful music, dazzling costumes, and brilliant performances by Europe’s finest singers, dancers, and conductors, take joy in the stories of romance, humor and adventure that will play out before you!
A universal language, music carries a message of friendship across nations and cultures. Salute to Vienna blends together musicians from Europe and much closer to home. It merges the delicacy of classical ballet with the flair of contemporary ballroom dancing, and it ever so beautifully ushers old world charm into the bustle of our New Year’s Season.
The music of Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár and Emmerich Kálmán, who crafted the world-famous operettas, waltzes and polkas that make up Salute to Vienna's musical programmes, contributes to a living legacy of world-class artistry and a true flair for celebration.
Step back in time and explore the sights and sounds of Vienna’s golden hour as a Salute to Vienna concert whisks you away. Our carefully selected program expresses the beauty of love, passion and romance.
From confused identities and hilarious social catastrophes of 18th century bourgeoisie in Die Fledermaus, to the triumph of true love conquering all in Merry Widow, to and charm of the Gypsy Princess whose love of cabaret singing saves the day, the vignettes featured in Salute to Vienna range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.
Ending on a jubilant note, Salute to Vienna carries forward fun traditions that connect North American audiences to listeners worldwide from the past century, and centuries to come. For example, applaud as you’ve never applauded before when you hear those famous first notes of the Blue Danube Waltz, the conductor may just have to start the piece again! Then, clap right the way to end of the triumphant final piece, the Radetzky March. The world-famous march closes The Vienna Philharmonic's annual New Year's Concert and Salute to Vienna is proud to continue the time-honoured ritual.
Images: Chris Lee and Andy Trimlett, 2016
Each New Year's season a brilliant new musical programme is performed live in 20+ cities across North America .
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez
Minister of Canadian Heritage
As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, I’d like to welcome you to the 25th season of the Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert series.
Featuring a fresh production performed by a cast of internationally acclaimed soloists, conductors and dancers, this concert is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in culture and usher in the New Year.
Our government is a strong supporter of the arts because we know they help us understand the world and allow us to celebrate Canada’s rich culture and diversity. Enjoy the show!
Having grown up in Austria and Hungary, the annual Neujahrskonzert was a tradition our co-founders brought with them to Canada when they emigrated. Today, the concert series they launched in 1995 is a North American tradition in its own right and sells out concert halls across Canada and the United States each New Year's season.
For their tireless dedication and passion in cultivating and promoting Viennese musical traditions, co-founders Marion and Attila Glatz were awarded the Austrian Government’s Decoration of Merit in Gold.