- $9 for one ticket to see the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra (up to $48 value)
- When: Sunday, February 2, at 2 p.m.
- Where: State Theatre
- Seating: mid- or upper-balcony or gallery section
- Door time: 1 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the upper-level seating chart.
One hour before the show, classical music aficionado Raymond Wojcik will share historical insights and fun facts about the performance during a free lecture at the second-floor Heldrich Lobby within the State Theatre.
Founded by members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra tours the world to recreate the sonic visions of Viennese and Austrian composers. For this program of all-Viennese works, the orchestra follows the baton of conductor Philippe Entremont, who also takes to the keys for Mozart's Concerto for two pianos.
- Schubert—Symphony No. 5 in B flat major: In his diary, around the time of this piece's composition, Schubert wrote, "O Mozart! immortal Mozart! what countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!" The influence Mozart has on this work can be seen in its experimentation with rhythm and pacing.
- Mozart—Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat major: Written shortly before he left Salzburg for Vienna at age 23, Mozart composed this piece so he could play it with his sister Maria Anna. The exchange between the two pianos naturally recalls sibling rivalry, often bickering and occasionally vying for their mother's attention.
- Lehár—Piave Marsch: The composer of The Merry Widow and other operettas creates a peppy march with frequent cymbal crashes and a bombastic sea of brass, adeptly raising the spirits of all listeners.
- J. Strauss Jr.—Voices of Spring, Waltz, Op. 410: A soprano sings of sunshine, happiness, and bird songs, which come to life thanks to the flute. Other springtime staples make an oral appearance as well, including rainfall, budding fields, and college students heading to Cancun.
- J. Strauss Jr.—Leichtes Blut, Polka Schnell, Op. 319: Leichtes blut, meaning "light as a feather," guides the pace and spirit of this happy, galloping piece. The result is a polka that's melodic enough to inspire toe taps and dancing.
- J. Strauss Jr.—Annen-Polka, Op. 117: Strauss composed Anna's Polka toward the beginning of his career, shortly after he'd emerged from the shadow of his father. Confidence can be heard in the circular construction of the piece.
- J. Strauss Jr.—Wiener Blut, Op. 354: Strauss titled this waltz "Viennese Blood," or "Viennese Spirit," and composed it for the wedding of the archduchess—Emperor Franz Josef's daughter—to Prince Leopold of Bavaria.
The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s when disco balls replaced light fixtures. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.