Salute to Vienna

Winter 1999 CSANews Issue 34  |  Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.Back to list

Since 1939, Vienna's annual "Neujahrskonzert" has heralded the New Year with a celebration of Strauss waltzes, marches and polkas, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The idea of bringing Vienna's world-famous New Year's Celebration to North America was conceived by concert producer, Attila Glatz, an accomplished pianist and native Hungarian, who now resides in Toronto, Canada. In 1994, Attila and his wife Marion re-created the magnificence of this Viennese tradition in their first annual Canada's New Year's Concert ~ Salute to Vienna. Together, they have expanded this idea to encompass 24 cities across North America, in some of the continent's most prestigious concert halls. The Glatzes are very particular about maintaining the intrinsic quality and authenticity of the Viennese production, as this new tradition continues to grow throughout North America.

On Monday, September 20, 1999, Attila and Marion returned the music to the source of its inspiration, playing hosts to a breath-taking exhibition of musical excellence in Vienna's Musikverein.

This unprecedented event, entitled America's Salute to Vienna ~ A Strauss/Gershwin Gala, honoured one of last century's greatest and most popular composers, the beloved Johann Strauss, Jr., and one of this century's greatest American composers, George Gershwin. In the spirit of multicultural celebration, Europe and North America united to pay special tribute to the past and present centuries through the music of these artists, as we look ahead to the new millennium.

With venerable performer Gregory Peck as narrator, America's Salute to Vienna ~ A Strauss/Gershwin Gala masterfully intertwined the talents of the finest Viennese and American performers. Receiving ovations from thousands of concert-goers were soprano Elizabeth Norman, tenor Paul Groves and clarinet virtuoso Henry Cuesta, with Pops conductor John Morris Russell. Vienna's own celebrated sopranos Eva Lind and Martina Serafin performed alongside tenor Herbert Lippert and baritone Georg Lehner.
In an evening of grandeur, these esteemed performers were joined by the 65-piece Strauss Festival Orchestra, under the baton of the world-famous Strauss specialist, Peter Guth. Making the evening complete was a world-premier pairing of the Boys Choir of Harlem with Austria's singing ambassadors, the Vienna Choir Boys.

Since the completion of its construction in 1870, the Musikverein has played host to some of the world's biggest names in music. Instrumental soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Alfred Brendel, Ann Sophie Mutter and Itzhak Perlman have all performed at the Musikverein, as well as singers Cecilia Bartoli, Placido Domingo, Kathleen Battle, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. It is the home of both the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The stage of the Musikverein has been graced by some of the most phenomenal conductors of our time, including Herbert von Karajan, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Mutti and Lorin Maazel.

Recapture the magic of America's Salute to Vienna ~ A Strauss/Gershwin Gala with these special CD and video recordings. For just $24.95 USD for a double CD or $26.95 USD for the video (shipping and handling additional), you can enjoy the beautiful music in the comfort of your home as often as you wish, for years to come. Join the cast of Salute to Vienna, and enjoy the new millennium in peace, in harmony and in three-quarter time!

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Pic 1: Vienna Concert Logo
Pic 2: Martina Serafin  
Pic 3: Herbert Lippert 
Pic 4: Gregory Peck 
Pic 5: Henry Cuesta
Pic 6: Peter Guth
Pic 7: Boys Choir of Harlem