A webinar to discover the musical history of the waltz

Although the waltz can feel almost natural in its rhythm, in reality there is far more to it than the simple 1-2-3 rhythm. A special webinar by violinist Giacomo Mura, to be held in November 2020, will reveal the history and an appreciation of the waltz as a genre. What started as a folk dance …

Waltzing Matilda by Johann Strauss Ensemble

Johann Strauss Ensemble release “Waltzing Matilda” and announce and New Year’s Shows

The Johann Strauss Ensemble, led by the Australian violinist Russel McGregor, is obviously best-known for their renditions of the classics from the Johann Strauss repertoire. Yet on an Australian tour, they unveiled a version of the Australian standard, “Waltzing Matilda”, that caught the listeners’ attention. They have been playing it in concert for a few …

Austria’s Musikverein announces concerts in June and September

Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein venue – home to the celebrated Great Hall (Goldene Saal – the location of the annual Vienna New Years’ Concert) – has announced that it plans a number of shows in June, with a full programme from September onwards. This is good news for music fans that might be considering travel to …

André Rieu US shows caught in coronavirus debate

André Rieu’s March 2020 dates in the US have been caught in the coronavirus/covid19 debate. Even though the US president announced flight bans from 26 European countries, major concerts are being allowed to go ahead in the US. These include a number of major shows by André Rieu in Florida, Nevada and elsewhere. This has …

Big changes at the Strauss Ensemble

After more than 33 successful years, the Johann Strauss Ensemble is announcing a major change in its operation. The original founder, Erich Buchmann, is placing the internationally celebrated Johann Strauss Ensemble, which was founded by him, in the hands of a younger team of two aspiring musicians. Bernadette Bartos (Mag.art) and Josef Herzer will now …

The Blue Danube waltzes for 150 years

Rudy Giovannini & Strato Vani “Blaue Donau” par dm_50c4f8fca4a08 Johann Strauss classic Blue Danube celebrates anniversary in Vienna It’s a little anniversary that went by practically unnoticed. Johann Strauss Junior’s “Blue Danube” is 150 years old since February 15, 2017, as it had its first performance in 1867. The melody is perhaps the best-known waltz …

Johann Strauss Ensemble announce new concert dates

On the 5th of October the Johann Strauss Ensemble starts a new Strauss concert cycle in cooperation with the Musiktheater Linz, Austria. Called “On the Wings of Song”, the cycle will showcase the international character of the theatre. At each concert, the musicians of the Johann Strauss Ensemble will invite one member of the opera …