PHILADELPHIA PA (December 2018)----Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, an annual new year’s tradition in more than 20 cities across North America, is returning to The Kimmel Center on Saturday, December 29, at 2:30 PM. European singers, ballet, ballroom dancers in gorgeous costumes will usher in 2019 with a beautiful concert of light classics, in the style of Vienna’s annual televised Neujahrskonzert.
Marion and Attila Glatz, co-producers and husband and wife team, both grew up in Europe: Attila in communist Hungary and Marion in Austria. The "Neujahrskonzert" -- the 80-year strong tradition of new year's concerts, recorded live in Vienna and broadcast worldwide-- was something incredibly significant to them both, before they ever met each other. Attila describes it: "Listening to that uplifting music year after year—on the radio long before the television was around, we looked forward to the light it brought into our lives and the sense of freedom it provided from the hardship of those most difficult political times behind the iron curtain."
Together, Marion and Attila brought this New Year’s tradition to North America, and this series is now performing almost simultaneously in 24 cities across North America over the week of New Year's, featuring nine conductors, 18 European singers, 76 European dancers and more than 700 local orchestra musicians across North America this year. To date, 338 Salute to Vienna concerts have been produced in the USA and 185 in Canada. Glatz feels it's his calling to bring this cherished tradition to new audiences: "This music is a flame of inspiration for us to carry forward and it is now a responsibility for us to ensure its protection by developing new audiences who will appreciate its beauty and importance for years to come.”
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert Philadelphia
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 2:30 PM
SOURCE THE KIMMEL CENTER