The Orchestra Now Presents
Two Sides of Vienna
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Leon Botstein conductor
The Merry Widow Overture
Johann Strauss II
Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz)
Symphony No. 6
Music Director Leon Botstein opens TŌN’s ninth season with a concert juxtaposing two distinct styles of Viennese music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the vibrant and festive melodies of Franz Lehár and the Strauss brothers, and Mahler’s beautifully tragic Sixth Symphony.
The concert opens with an overture of music from Lehár’s well-known 1905 operetta The Merry Widow, which was compiled in 1940 for the Vienna Philharmonic in celebration of the composer’s 70th birthday. This is followed by two dance pieces: Eduard Strauss’ train-themed polka Bahn frei!, and his brother Johann Jr.’s majestic Emperor Waltz, written to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the crowning of Emperor Franz Josef.
After intermission, the program explores a contrasting style from the same era with Mahler’s deeply personal and darkly passionate Symphony No. 6.
For more information, call 845-758-7900, e-mail [email protected],
or visit https://fishercenter.bard.edu/events/two-sides-of-vienna/.
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Location: Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater