Two Sides of Vienna
Part of TŌN’s Fisher Center concert series
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.
These concerts will also be livestreamed on TŌNtube.
Open Dress Rehearsal: To accommodate those observing Rosh Hashanah, we’re opening the Friday 11 AM dress rehearsal to all patrons for free; reservations are requested.
Raise a Glass! Please join us on the portico in front of the Fisher Center on Saturday at 6 PM for a toast to the start of TŌN’s Ninth Season! Free for all ticket holders.
Brief remarks by TŌN Music Director Leon Botstein
Brief remarks by TŌN bassoonist Han-Yi Huang
All timings are approximate.
Sample the Music
Franz Lehár The Merry Widow Overture
Eduard Strauss Bahn frei!
Johann Strauss II Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz)
Mahler Symphony No. 6
Photo: Leon Botstein by Matt Dine