Dec 17

Why does the Cape Symphony’s New Year’s Day Party feature Viennese composers, as well as the Viennese café before the concert? Vienna is the home of many New Year’s celebrations and traditions, with the entire city transformed into a party for two straight days.

Starting in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve, the city center features the New Year’s Eve Trail, with restaurants serving drinks and treats and entertainment including rock, pop, and opera singers, DJs, bands, and orchestras. You can even take waltz lessons on the spot as the Graben, Vienna’s famous shopping street, turns into an open-air ballroom.

Vienna’s New Year’s Eve Ball, known as the HOFBURG Silvesterball, is held at the Imperial Palace. After a four-course dinner and performances by ballet dancers, orchestras and singers, along with much dancing, at midnight, the ceremonial countdown is followed by the Ringing of the Pummerin, the largest bell in Austria, at nearby St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the performance of the “Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss, Jr. Take a look at highlights from last year’s HOFBURG Silversterball.

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual New Year’s concert on January 1st, broadcast live from the glorious Golden Hall of the Musikverein, one of the finest and certainly most famous concert halls in the world. Tickets for this highly anticipated concert are drawn by lottery – it’s also broadcast on big screens in Vienna’s City Hall plaza for the crowds to enjoy.

Waltzes and polkas are a prominent part of the concert, and that’s why we always feature this most Viennese music in the Cape Symphony’s New Year’s Day Party. The focus is on Strauss, the elder and younger! According to the Vienna Philharmonic website:

“Originating during the darkest chapter in Austria's history [during World War II], these concerts have continually grown in popularity in the decades since, which can be attributed to the verve and creative energy of the compositions of the Strauss dynasty, as well as their authoritative interpretations. Today millions of people throughout the world draw joy and optimism for the New Year ahead through the light-hearted yet subtly profound character of this music.”

Here's highlights of a recent Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s concert, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, with a glimpse behind the scenes.

We hope you’ll join us on New Year’s Day as we celebrate the Viennese way and look ahead with joy and optimism. The Cape Symphony, joined by LaKisha Jones, presents our annual New Year’s Day Party on January 1st. Call the Box Office at 508.362.1111 or visit for tickets.



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