Vienna concert

If you’re looking to ring in the new year in style and grace, consider a Viennese tradition: Salute to Vienna. This joyous concert event, based on the Neujahrskonzert held each New Year in Vienna, will make its way to Vancouver’s gorgeous Orpheum Theatre.

Tickets are already on sale for the holiday celebration that’s made its way through the US and Canada, since its 1995 sold-out premiere in Toronto. This unique concert is performed almost simultaneously in every major city throughout the continent, featuring European maestros, tenors, sopranos and dancers celebrating the uplifting music of Vienna’s ‘Waltz King’. The festive Salute to Vienna series is the only genuine re-creation of the original concert from the ‘City of Dreams’.

Artistic directors Attila and Marion Glatz devote a lot of time in selecting the right artists for the productions, travelling frequently to Vienna and to other major European cultural centers, to ensure musical perfection. They choose some of the most dynamic and young talent the musical world has to offer, casting new conductors, sopranos, tenors and dancers of international acclaim, performing in some of the world’s finest opera houses, musical theaters, and concert halls.

The finished result has garnered the directors with a prestigious Decoration of Merit in Gold by the Austrian government for this remarkable achievement. Audiences from New York to Los Angeles, and Montreal to Vancouver will enjoy lively czardas and polkas without the need to fly across the Atlantic.

Co-founder Marion Glatz calls Salute to Vienna a “New Year’s bouquet of glorious music that goes down like a glass of champagne!”.

Come celebrate the world of Johan Strauss Jr. and contemporaries Franz Lehár, Imre Kálmán, Jacque Offenbach, Robert Stolz and more while celebrating the new year. What Nutcracker means to Christmas, Salute to Vienna means to the New Year!

As a special bonus, I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for this tremendous concert. Please leave a comment below describing your favourite New Year’s day activity or tradition. For an extra entry, RT the following:

I’ve entered to win tickets for Salute to Vienna New Year’s concert at the Orpheum via @vancouverscape

I’ll draw a winner Thursday, December 20 at 11 am.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert featuring Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Date: January 1, 2013, 2:30 pm
Venue: Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $62 to $104; available online


  • Comment by Lara — October 30, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    My favourite new years day activity is going to see the polar bear swim. I love seeing everyone get together for such a silly and fun activity. A light and humorous way to start off the year.

  • Comment by Ricky S. — October 31, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    Sleeping in!! And later checking out the Polar Bear swim. I have yet to partake…..! I would love to go to the Vienna concert though!

  • Comment by Lauren — November 1, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Probably the best part of New Years Day is a walk on the beach in the middle of winter, enjoying the quiet streets and then heading out for a late relaxing lunch in town.

  • Comment by Steve W. — November 1, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Love waking up to a champagne breakfast with cold seafood and biscuits.

  • Comment by Larry — November 4, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    Listening to classical music, a big breakfast with my family, the best way to celebrate the new year.

  • Comment by Shirley R. — November 5, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Trying out a new recipe with my daughters. We love to stay in and cook as it’s usually pretty cold then. Hard to imagine winter with this beautiful late fall weather we HAD LOL!

  • Comment by Claire — November 5, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    Definitely going out for brunch! And then watching everyone take to the freezing waters of English Bay. And maybe a classical music concert? Hint hint 🙂

  • Comment by Sanaz — November 9, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    My favorite day activity is going to brunch with friends.

  • Comment by Jessica Adamson — November 19, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    It is always the Polar Bear Swim. It helps the hangover. 😉

  • Comment by Areta — December 5, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    I love going out for brunch with my family!

  • Comment by Xing — December 5, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Love to see the Polar Bear Swim!

  • Comment by David — December 11, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    We spent a lot of ‘First Night’ New Year’s celebrations in Boston before we moved here, so it was very cold to be out. The standard champagne toast was just too chilly, so we settled on our own tradition for a New Year’s quaff: Warm Sake. Now, even in our less frigid home for ushering in the new year, we still stick to Sake, but now we get it from Masa Shiroki’s artisanal Sake shop on Granville Island, giving a new and local slant to our decidedly non-traditional tradition.

  • Comment by Vancouver Airbnb — December 13, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    We usually go to White Rock with family.

  • Comment by Olga — December 5, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

    I love to go for brunch with my family, and watch or participate in the Polar Bear Swim.

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