"A rousing afternoon of music and dance."
– Washington Post
Salute to Vienna Cast
Strauss Symphony of America featuring the Chicago Philharmonic
Featuring dancers from Budapest Ballet
Gregory Vajda (Budapest)
Hailed a “young titan” by the Montreal Gazette, Gregory Vajda is music director of the Huntsville (AL) Symphony, and is principal conductor of the Savaria Symphony in Hungary. He is artistic director of the UMZE ensemble, Budapest, and artist in residence of Ensemble Ars Nova, France. In addition to his presence on the podium, Maestro Vajda is also a gifted clarinetist and composer. For his creative and performing work he received the prestigious Bartók-Pásztory Award, and twice the award of excellence of the Artisjus Copyright Association.
Monika Rebholz (Vienna)
Monika Rebholz studied at Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum für Musik und Musikpädagogik der Universität Augsburg. Her artistic career began at the Staatstheater Passau, followed by engagements with the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the Staatsoper Hannover, and the Kammeroper Frankfurt. From 2006-2009, Ms. Rebholz was a singer with the Staatsoper Stuttgart. In recent years, she has been a regular guest at Bühne Baden near Vienna, and sang leading roles in Paganini, Land of Smiles, Gypsy Princess, and Count of Luxembourg. She is a permanent member of the ensemble Trumpet, Strings & Voice, featuring members of the Wiener Philharmoniker, with whom she recorded a CD in 2018.
Brian Cheney (New York)
Brian Cheney has gained international acclaim for his portrayal of roles including Don José in Carmen, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, Manrico in Il trovatore, and Canio in Pagliacci, and regularly performs concert works and oratorios throughout North America. Mr. Cheney has appeared numerous times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall since his debut at the venue in 2007, including with The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins under the baton of Jonathan Griffith. In 2011, he made his Lincoln Center debut as tenor soloist for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, alongside acclaimed soprano, Jessye Norman. Recent appearances include Radames in Aida with Virginia Opera, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Toledo Opera and a guest starring role in American Horror Story on FX.