On New Year's Eve, Spend "A Night in Vienna" with the Colorado Symphony
Let the beautiful artistry of the Colorado Symphony and the music Strauss, Liszt, Chopin and more transport you to the ballrooms of Vienna.
It's time to plan that New Year's Eve "escape" you've always dreamed of – but for this beautiful journey, no passport is required! On Friday, December 31, let the Colorado Symphony and associate conductor Scott O'Neil sweep you away to revel in "A Night in Vienna" and the music that made Vienna's ballrooms famous. Concertgoers at this special New Year's Eve concert will enjoy the music of the "Waltz King," Johann Strauss Jr., including "Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltzes)," "Radetzky March," "Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning Polka)," "On the Beautiful Blue Danube," and of course, the Overture to the quintessential Viennese opera, "Die Fledermaus."
Added delights of "A Night in Vienna" include Dohnanyi's "Wedding Waltz," Monti's "Czardas," and the exhilarating "Pizzicato Polka" of Josef Strauss. For centuries, the ballrooms of Vienna have been the centerpiece of New Year's celebrations as dancers young-and-old sweep across the floor, reveling in polkas, waltzes, and the promise of new beginnings. From the Imperial Ball in Hofburg Palace to the cafés and concert halls, these celebrations have branded the city of Vienna as the town of "bon vivants." The romantic, uplifting music of Vienna's ballrooms has such universal appeal that music lovers now enjoy it on New Year's Eve at concerts around the world.
"A Night in Vienna" also presents a moving debut as the Colorado Symphony welcomes Christina Lan, the winner of the Jeff Bradley Young Musician's Award, in performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, finale. To make the evening complete, guest conductor Maestro Michael Gundzik leads the orchestra in a special performance celebrating music at its best. Maestro Gundzik won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to conduct the Colorado Symphony at the 2010 Symphony Ball – complete with his own baton and conducting lessons. The honor of conducting the Symphony is one of many intriguing and brilliant prizes to-be-won at the upcoming 2011 Symphony Ball at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel on Saturday, May 7.
Your wonder-filled "Night in Vienna" begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends just in time for you to stroll down the 16th Street Mall for fireworks and festivities.