Waltzing in Vienna

Vienna's Musikverein Photo: Yair Haklai

Vienna is the home of classical music. The country it belongs to, Austria, is the native land of famous composers and musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss Sr. and Jr., Ludwig Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms as well as the internationally renowned Vienna Boys Choir. And since music is a big part of Vienna’s culture, it has several concert halls and venues housed in majestic buildings to be proud of.

Musicverein – This venue hosts up to 500 concerts each year accommodating music lovers from all parts of the globe. Moved to the Karlsplatz in 1912, the building is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and houses a conservatory, a library and a collection of musical instruments.

Viennese Conservatory – This is a traditional school of music well known worldwide. In fact, it is considered one of the best institutions for musical education in the world. It offers various courses such as classical music education that includes composition, theory, lessons for different musical instruments, pop jazz music class, instrumental music education and voice training.

Vienna State Opera – The Vienna Opera is one of the pioneer buildings in the Ringstrasse, having one of the largest stages in Europe. Built between 1861 and 1869, it can accommodate more than 2,000 people.

Volksoper – This is a major opera house, next in line to the Vienna State Opera. Different types of opera from the 18th, 19th to the 20th century are staged in this venue. Other performances include musicals, dance events and operettas. Originally meant as a conventional theater, Volksoper eventually evolved and accommodated other art forms such as the dramatic theater, opera and operetta. The Preciosa opera was the first to be staged there in 1903. Today, Volksoper is also the home of a contemporary dance ensemble and attracts a younger set of spectators.

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6 Responsesso far.

  1. Niki are currently running a competition for a free flight from Nice to Vienna. See https://www.nice.aeroport.fr/Passagers/Jeux-Concours/Gagnez-un-sejour-a-Vienne-avec-Niki

    • Mireille says:

      So true about just go ! Dance is something that you just have to pallichsyy try and do, and if it’s not right the first time, you just keep doing it. Maybe that’s why I get (half-jokingly) disturbed when some people in my class just stand there and stare at the teacher when she demonstrates steps etc. (Either they’re overthinking or just not paying attention, LOL.) For me, I have to be moving for my muscles to get it.

      • JP says:

        I’m with you on this Mireille. You get the jist of it and then you dive in. Dancing can be a spectator sport – but you don’t need lessons for that.

  2. FG says:

    Cafe Babel has a photo report on different sides of dancing in Vienna. Waltzing hardly gets a mention, but it’s intersting. http://www.cafebabel.co.uk/images/817/vienna-dance-photos-waltz-street-break-pole/

  3. FG says:

    Britain’s Dail Mail just did a review of a Danube cruise. Not much waltzing, but it sounds like a great experience.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2193839/The-delight-Danube-cruise-Making-80-new-friends-12-days.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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