STRAUSS SYMPHONY OF CANADA

featuring Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Calgary)
featuring Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Edmonton)

András Deák, Conductor (Budapest)

Katarzyna Dondalska, Soprano (Berlin–Warsaw)

Michael Heim, Tenor (Vienna)

International Champion Ballroom Dancers

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PROGRAMME

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Overture to Die Fledermaus

 

Carl Millöcker

“Ach, wir armen Primadonnen,” from Der arme Jonathan

Soprano

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Künstlerleben Waltzes, Op. 316

Dancers

 

Franz Lehár

“Da geh’ ich zu Maxim,” from Merry Widow

Tenor

 

Eduard Strauss

Bahn frei Polka, Op. 45

 

Emmerich Kálmán

“Komm mit nach Varaždin,” from Countess Maritza

Duet

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Entweder-oder! Polka, Op. 403

Dancers

 

- INTERMISSION -

 

Franz Lehár

Overture to Land of Smiles

 

Agustín Lara

“Granada”

Tenor

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Schatz Waltzes, Op. 418

Dancers

 

Jacques Offenbach

“Les oiseaux,” (Doll Song) from Tales of Hoffmann

Soprano

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Freikugeln Polka, Op. 326

 

Franz Lehár

“Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt?” from Land of Smiles

Duet

 

Josef Strauss

Jockey Polka, Op. 278

ARTISTS

András Deák

Conductor (Budapest)

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András Deák attended the Liszt Academy of Music where he received diplomas in both choral and orchestral conducting. He has been the principal conductor of the Danube Symphony Orchestra since 1991.
Maestro Deák has conducted the Wiener Mozart Orchester, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and the Chicago Civic Opera Orchestra, among others. International tours as guest conductor have taken him throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and North America. In 2004, Maestro Deák was awarded Hungary’s decoration of Knight’s Cross for his internationally recognized contribution to musical artistry.

Katarzyna Dondalska

Soprano (Berlin-Warsaw)

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Coloratura Katarzyna Dondalska began her musical studies at age five with the violin and began singing at 15. She was awarded a Doctoral degree in 2011 by the Danzig Music Academy and is currently a Professor at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin, Poland. 
Ms. Dondalska won second prize at the Sylvia Geszty International Coloratura Singing Competition in Luxembourg, and has sung throughout Europe and North America with concert repertoire, oratorio, and opera roles including Queen of the Night, Konstanze, Zerbinetta, and Olympia. She has performed to critical acclaim with opera companies including Houston Grand Opera, the Korean National Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, and the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. She has worked with artists including Dennis Russell Davies and Roberto Abbado and has appeared on TV and radio broadcasts for ARD, BBC, RAI, RBB, SWR, BR, and WDR.

Michael Heim

Tenor (Vienna)

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Michael Heim began his performance career in 1998, making his debut at Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has since appeared in many of the world’s finest concert venues, including the Opernhaus Zürich, Lincoln Center, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Staatsoper Hamburg,
the Konzerthaus Berlin, and at the Salzburger Festspiele. During his career, Mr. Heim has performed more than 40 operetta roles and has performed in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Verdi’s La traviata, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Wagner’s Siegfried, Richard Strauss’ Salome, and Beethoven’s Fidelio.
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MESSAGE FROM ALEXANDER VAN DER BELLEN, FEDERAL PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA

Austria’s longstanding tradition of welcoming the New Year with music is a celebration that is enjoyed all over the world, transcending cultures and joining families together with the universal language of music. As Federal President of the Republic of Austria, I am pleased to welcome you to this concert and hope the joyful sights and sounds you’re about to experience bring you a step closer to our beautiful city of Vienna. I wish you all a happy start to 2022.
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MESSAGE FROM CO-FOUNDERS AND PRODUCERS, MARION AND ATTILA GLATZ

Welcome to Salute to Vienna. We are delighted to have you join us in this beautiful celebration of music, song, and dance. 

 

After a year like no other, it is with sincere pleasure that we announce the return of Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert. This holiday season, the beloved tradition will return to many of our annual concert hall locations across the continent.Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined the profound challenges we have all just experienced, collectively.

Across the globe, the pandemic has impacted all areas of our lives. But a New Year is upon us. It is a time for reflection, certainly. However, it is also a moment we choose to celebrate with soaring music, exquisite dance, and beloved traditions that continue to endure, even through difficult times. Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert has always represented a hopeful tomorrow. It is more than a concert: it is a celebration of everything that makes life beautiful.

Together, let us raise a glass to a hopeful new chapter, while we waltz into a New Year, together. 


Marion and Attila Glatz

 

Founders of Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

Recipients of the Austrian Government’s Decoration of Merit in Gold in recognition of their promotion of Viennese musical traditions