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From Vienna With Love

By Antonio Cabrero

The “waltz king” is a well deserved title for the maestro who raised that folkloric peasant dance form to the status of Music for the Imperial Court.

San Miguel International Symphony
New Year Concert
“From Vienna With Love”
Sat, Jan 2, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta

In so doing, Strauss Jr. embarked on years of rivalry with his father. While still a young man, he formed his own orchestra with musicians from the tavern “Zur Stadt Belgrad”.

Once his unique style was fully developed, he embarked on tours of Europe, not unlike present day similar efforts, as is the case of Andre Rieu, in fact using the same Strauss compositions and acquiring similar fame. History repeats itself.

Anecdotes on his life are too many and too good to enumerate. One that comes to mind includes Strauss first visit to the USA in 1870. He was invited to conduct a “Monster Concert,” organized for him in Boston with a thousand musicians playing the immortal “Blue Danube Waltz”

Too famous to attend all his engagements, Strauss invites his brothers Josef and Eduard to the “Strauss Orchestra” legacy of their Father.

A new rivalry started among the brothers, to the joy of the Viennese crowds. The public was asked to guess who had composed the new piece, all for the good of the waltz tradition.

Johann Strauss Jr. acknowledged his brothers talents but claimed they would never be as famous and he was right again. More famous for his dance music than his operettas and with more rivalries with Jacques Offenbach and Franz Lehar, he nevertheless held the title to the most famous operetta of all time “Die Fledermaus.”

In celebration of the New Year in San Miguel and in tribute to Strauss  the concert orchestra will be highlighted by dropping a “ Golden Balloon Cascade.” The first time we did it at Angela Peralta theater, we were amazed. The cascade takes forever to gently float down, the orchestra even stopped playing in amazement. Tickets are available at Teatro and Biblioteca and la Conexión: VIP 350 and 200 pesos general.


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