STRAUSS SYMPHONY OF AMERICA

Alastair Willis, Conductor (London)

Ute Gfrerer, Soprano (Vienna)

Brian Cheney, Tenor (New York)

DANCERS FROM

Meisy Laffitte 

Kevin Hernandez 

Mayrel Martinez 

Alexey Minkin 

Selah Oliver 

Maikel Hernandez 

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CHOREOGRAPHER: Yanis Pikieris 

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS: Jennifer Kronenberg & Carlos Guerra

PROGRAMME

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Overture to Die Fledermaus

 

Franz Lehár

“Hör’ ich Zimbalklänge,” from Gypsy Love

Soprano

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Rosen aus dem Süden Waltzes, Op. 388

Ballet

 

Franz Lehár

“Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert!” from Giuditta

Tenor

 

Josef Strauss

Feuerfest Polka, Op. 269

 

Emmerich Kálmán

“Weißt du es noch?” from Gypsy Princess

Duet

 

Eduard Strauss

Unter der Enns Polka-schnell, Op. 121

Ballet

 

- INTERMISSION -

 

Emmerich Kálmán

Overture to Countess Maritza

 

Franz Lehár

“Dein ist mein ganzes Herz,” from Land of Smiles

Tenor

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Champagne Polka, Op. 211

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

“Schwipslied,” from A Night in Venice

Soprano

 

Émile Waldteufel

Les Patineurs (Skater’s Waltz), Op. 183

Ballet

 

Emmerich Kálmán

“Jaj Mamám Bruderherz,” from Gypsy Princess

Duet

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Freikugeln Polka, Op. 326

 

Program and artists are subject to change without notice.

ARTISTS

Alastair Willis

Conductor (London)

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Alastair Willis is Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the New Directions series at the Symphonia in Boca Raton.
As a guest conductor, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. This season, he returns to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. His recording of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Nashville Symphony was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Album in 2009.

Ute Gfrerer

Soprano (Vienna)

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Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer has sung under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser-Möst, and  HK Gruber at at the Zürich Opera House, the Vienna Volksoper, London’s Barbican Centre, Tokyo’s NHK Hall, and Munich’s Herkulessaal.
Ms. Gfrerer’s roles include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Christel (Der Vogelhändler), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Susanna” (Marriage of Figaro), and many others. She is a specialist of Kurt Weill’s music, having performed Threepenny Opera at the Salzburg Festival and Seven Deadly Sins with the Virginia Opera, and she performs her own cabaret shows. 

Brian Cheney

Tenor (New York)

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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 he regularly performs throughout North America.
Mr. Cheney has appeared numerous times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall since his debut at the venue in 2007, most recently with The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins under the baton of Jonathan Griffith. In 2011, Mr. Cheney made his Lincoln Center debut as tenor soloist for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, alongside acclaimed soprano, Jessye Norman.
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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