Here's your chance to enjoy a magical and joyous welcome for next week's arrival of the new year by winning tickets to the Sunday afternoon Jan. 5 "Salute to Vienna" orchestra concert, patterned after Vienna's world famous "Neujahrskonzert."
I have just five pairs of very good seats to give away.
The musical magic returns to Chicago at historic Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, for a 19th season.
For anyone who thinks they might now enjoy this musical journey feast for the eyes and ears, I attended for the first time in 2011 and was amazed and entertained. And I'll be back again this year.
This simultaneously produced series has inspired diehard romantics all over North America with performances this year more than 20 cities around the U.S. and Canada.
This always festive sold-out event is performed live by a brilliant cast of 75 musicians. This year, audiences can celebrate the New Year a little early, with lilting waltzes, polkas and operetta excerpts by Johan Strauss Jr., "the Waltz King," and his contemporaries.
This year's event will feature the Strauss Symphony of America with The Chicago Philharmonic conducted by Viennese conductor Christian Schultz, along with soprano Monika Rebholz and tenor Brian Cheney. Dancers will include the Europaballett-St. Pölten and members of the International Champion Ballroom Dancers.
And for those readers who don't win, tickets to see the "Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert 2014" start at $39 and are available online at cso.org or at the hall's Box Office at 220 S. Michigan Ave. or call (312) 294-3000 or visit salutetovienna.com.
The "Salute to Vienna" concert series has become a favorite holiday musical tradition throughout North America. It's reminiscent of Vienna's famous and beloved "Neujahrskonzert," performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 70 years and televised annually to 1.3 billion people around the globe.
Over the past decade, it has grown into the largest concert series of its kind in North America under the leadership of Attila and Marion Glatz, co-presidents of AGCP, the founders and producers of this unique tradition.
Since the original 1965 film "The Sound of Music" airs at 6 p.m. tonight on ABC, and the story of the von Trapps is once again getting so much attention, I'll use it as the inspiration for today's contest. Now, here's the trivia question you need to answer correctly to have your name entered in today's drawing:
• What is the name of snobbish character in the film and Broadway musical who hails from Vienna?
You have until noon Monday, Dec. 23 to call with the correct answer to this question.
All the readers who call in with the correct answer will be entered in a random drawing. PLEASE INCLUDE your name, town you reside in and a best contact telephone number. Call the CONTEST LINE at (219) 933-4173 with your answers. When you're calling in your answer, please remember to speak slowly and clearly.
Winners will be contacted Friday. The contest is not open to Times employees and their immediate families.