- $46 for one balcony ticket (up to $77 value)
- $52 for one orchestra ticket (up to $87 value)
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Salute to Vienna: New Year’s Concert
Salute to Vienna saves audiences the airfare to Austria with an evening patterned after Vienna’s world-renowned Neujahrskonzert—a glittery New Year’s Day cavalcade of classical music, arias, and dances. At the helm is Vienna-based conductor András Deák, who leads the Strauss Symphony of America (featuring members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra) through a collection of its namesake composer’s waltzes, polkas, and odes to sausages. The whirlwind tour of the ancient city is vocally guided by a hand-picked selection of European singers, including Viennese soprano Sera Gösch and tenor Dániel Lőkös.
As the vocalists regale the crowd with their euphony, romantic vignettes with the elaborately costumed dancers of the Kiev-Aniko Ballet play out onstage. The joyous evening, which could turn the sulkiest Salieri into a grinning Mozart, concludes with a show-stopping rendition of The Blue Danube, the instantly recognizable, grandly swaying waltz that’s piped through all Austrian radio and TV on New Year’s, and which was used to great effect in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Danube.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Veterans Memorial Auditorium—The Vets to its friends—is a poster child for patience paying off. Conceived by the Rhode Island Freemasons in the 1920s, the theater was well on its way to completion when the Great Depression ground construction to a halt in 1929. It wasn't until the closing years of World War II that the community banded together to finish the 1,900-seat complex. The theater finally opened in 1950, and in the 60+ years since has seen such greats as Pavarotti, Nureyev, and Tony Bennett play its massive proscenium stage.