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Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra concert: Sun 31 December 2017

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.




Concert Programme:

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/