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Paradise Symphony Orchestra to present “A Viennese New Year”

Paradise Symphony Orchestra to present “A Viennese New Year”

For those looking to do something on Sunday night on the Ridge, the Paradise Symphony Orchestra is set to present  “A Viennese New Year” at the Paradise Performing Art Center.

According to the orchestra, In the grand ballrooms of Vienna, Austria, legendary balls still take place, many of them around New Year’s. To this day, these balls continue to be wildly popular with old and young alike throughout the wintertime.

Dancers dress in beautiful formal attire and might attend numerous balls during the season and dance to music that is selected from pieces written for them during the 1800s and into the early 1900s.

Organizers note that the most popular style of music for that kind of ball is the waltz, which they describe as an elegant, romantic, flowing dance with partners moving together in a lovely, light sequence.

On Sunday night Lauri Burke and Austin Bergstedt will be demonstrating the Viennese waltz and polka live on the stage.

Back in the 1800s, Johann Strauss, Sr. turned out waltz after waltz to satisfy the insatiable need for new pieces for the weekly balls, an accomplishment that earned him the title of The Waltz King. His son, Johann Strauss, Jr. began to write numerous waltzes, and ultimately assumed the title.

Organizers also say that while most of the dances would be waltzes, other musical styles would normally be included at a ball. At the beginning was usually played a march, a sort of promenade for the entrance of the patrons and important guests. Later in the evening, a faster polka would be used. The proper form for the final dance was a slow waltz. Johann Strass, Jr. was adept at writing all these music forms,.

The Orchestra plays two of the polkas (one from Die Fledermaus), along with other Strauss pieces, including one of the most beloved of Strauss, Jr.’s waltzes, On the Beautiful Blue Danube. The program closes with Peter Tchaikovsky’s popular The Waltz of the Flowers, from “The Nutcracker Suite.”

The Paradise Symphony is happy to announce that it has been able to rebook Guitarist Warren Haskell for this concert (after the October concert was canceled due to weather) to join in Vivaldi’s Concerto in A and Concerto in D.

Tickets may be purchased on the website www.paradisesymphony.org or on the night of the concert at The Paradise Performing Art Center. The January 16 concert will begin at 6 p.m.

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