We went out this evening to see a Johann Strauss Gala. I wasn’t too keen on the fact the first half contained two music items, one by Mozart – “Vedrai Carino” from Don Giovanni, and Puccini – “Musetta’s Waltz” from La Boheme, they were not like Strauss music to my ears, and I wouldn’t have included them in the concert. The guest opera singer Rhian Lois wore a nice blue dress. The second half though was both mesmerizing and breath-taking. I love Strauss music and the best pieces of music in the second half were: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, The Emperor Waltz and On The Beautiful Blue Danube. This Symphony orchestra was very good. Sadly for us we could not get a photo taken with the French conductor as he had already left when we got to the stage door, so we’ve included one below that we got online. This Symphony orchestra celebrates 125 years this year.
On another matter I’m not a big fan of classical music, but some years ago in another town I came across purely by chance a poster for a Johann Strauss Gala. On the poster was depicted “Johann Strauss Gala” with the picture of a dancer in Viennese dress. This sparked my interest as I love dance shows, so I paid to see it and fell in love with the Strauss music, but it has never felt the same without the dancers, they bring out the feel of Vienna at that time, the dancing in those days was spectacular. When I hear Strauss with opera music, it never sounds as good as when it’s with the dancers.