OFFBEAT: Winners announced for 'Vienna' concert and trivia answer

2013-12-29T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Winners announced for 'Vienna' concert and trivia answerBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Thank you to the more than 70 Times readers who called last Sunday with the answer to the day's trivia contest to be entered in the drawing for tickets to next Sunday's Jan. 5 "Salute to Vienna" orchestra concert in Chicago.

The lucky names with the correct answer who were drawn as winners of the five pairs of very good seats are: Lawrence Anaszewicz of Highland, Joann Kijewski of Lansing, Judy Lammons of Crown Point, Phyllis Henning of Lansing and Marie Russo of Highland.

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 in 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 or at the hall's Box Office at 220 S. Michigan Ave. or call (312) 294-3000 or visit

As for the answer to last week's trivia question, 26 of the 73 people who called had the wrong answer. So here is the question again and the correct answer.

In the original 1965 film "The Sound of Music," as well as in the Broadway music, what is the name of snobbish character who hails from Vienna?

The correct answer is the cool and aloof Baroness Elsa Schraeder, portrayed so wonderfully in the film by the late, great Eleanor Parker, who we just lost on Dec. 9 at age 91.

Those who called in with the incorrect answer all cited the other pretentious and scheming characters from the film, stage producer Max Detweiler, an opportunist companion of the Baroness and also a friend of Captain von Trapp. However, the character of Max was a fictitious composite character who is dubbed as someone who never plants his root anywhere, but rather seems to sow his oats whichever way the wind is blowing in his favor at the time. In real life, the Max character was based on the von Trapp Family's priest, the Rev. Franz Wasner, who acted as their musical director, and was not the self-profiting type molded for the Max character. He died at age 86 in Salzburg in 1992.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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