Highlights of the Program

The Bat

The Bat is one of the most famous Operettas composed by Johan Strauss and premiered in Vienna in 1874 which is often referred to as “The Queen of Operettas”. Its Ouvertüre counts as one of his biggest creations which with its virtuosity present a challenge even for most skilled musicians. This funny and bourgeois world of 18th centu

The Sound of Music

Viennese waltz has its origins back in 12th and 13th century. Most of dance historians track its roots to the old “Dreher” or “Ländler” which were until the 19th century most important folklore dances. The most famous “Ländler” which was also performed in the movie the Sound of Music of 1965 will bring you back in time for 900 years.

The Magic Flute

Even nowadays The Magic Flute is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart most performed opera worldwide. It premiered in Vienna in 1791 and was an instant success. In second part of the 18th century Viennese Clown and Magicians opera was established. Typical for this opera is the theme where love concurs against all odds and threats.

Turkish March

Turkish March a.k.a Rondo Alla Turca is the third movement from one of the most famous piano sonata of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata No. 11 in A major. Mozart wrote it in Vienna in 1783/84. In Mozart’s time the imitation of Turkish instruments was done on old instruments Cembali and Hammer Piano which was much more sound appropriate rather than nowadays instruments.

The Blue Danube Waltz

The Blue Danube Waltz is the most famous waltz composed by Johann Strauss Jr. and soon became a secret anthem of Austria.
It is played every year at midnight at New Years Eve and it is like a lucky charm for the following year.




The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March is a march composed by Johann Strauss Sr. and it was dedicated to the Field Marshal Graf Radetzky von Radetz. The annual New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic is almost always closed by this piece. The distinctive rhythm (tatadám, tatadám, tatadámdámdám = 3 Anapests und 1 Iambus) has contributed a lot to the high popularity of this march.