New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala Concert
Sponsored by the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Rebecca Bottone (soprano)
Led by the Brighton Phil’s Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth this year, we will waltz towards 2018 around the salons of 19th century Vienna in a swirl of Strauss, exploring the magical musical world of the Strauss family’s many famous waltzes, polkas and marches, accompanied by songs and dances by some of their contemporaries. Alongside these Barry has included a few favourite light music scores from some of our finest English composers – see programme below.
We welcome back young English soprano Rebecca Bottone for the second year running, to delight us with a selection of famous arias and songs and she has promised us lots of “sparkly top notes”.
This is always one of our most popular concerts of the season and has become firmly established as part of the city’s festive season. We nearly sold out last year so if you are thinking of joining us to see out the old year and welcome in the New, get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
As ever we are most grateful to the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust for their generous sponsorship of this concert and support of the orchestra.
Johann Strauss II Overture: Die Fledermaus
Eduard Strauss Bahn Frei Op.45 (Make Way Polka)
Johann Strauss II Audition Aria: Die Fledermaus
Carl Zeller Roses in Tyrol: The Bird-Seller
Johann Strauss II Frühlingsstimmen Op.410 (Voices of Spring)
Johann Strauss II Auf der Jagd Op.373 (At The Hunt Polka)
Edward German Waltz Song: Tom Jones
Josef Strauss Die Libelle Op.204 (The Dragonfly Polka)
Johann Strauss II Emperor Waltz Op.437
Interval 20 minutes
Malcolm Arnold English Country Dance No.8
Franz Lehár Vilja: The Merry Widow
Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves
Richard Rodney Bennett Waltz: Murder on the Orient Express
George Gershwin Aria “By Strauss”: An American in Paris
Johann Strauss II Vergnügungszug (Pleasure Train Polka)
Franz Lehár Gold and Silver Waltz Op.79
Johann Strauss II It’s where the lemon trees bloom Op.364
Johann Strauss II Perpetuum Mobile Op.257
Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz Op.314
Tickets from £12-£38 are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in Church Street, by telephone (01273) 709709 or you can book online at: https://brightondome.org/event/14879/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra_new_years_eve_viennese_gala/