Salute to Vienna

Salute to Vienna

Photo by Andy Trimlett

A lavish production blending the beauty of dance, orchestral music and vocal selections once will again star in Chicago.

The Salute to Vienna concert will grace the stage of Orchestra Hall on Saturday.

"It's quite a tradition in Chicago," Marion Glatz, co-founder with husband Attila, said of Salute to Vienna.

The show, which is based on and inspired by the annual New Year's Concert in Vienna, Austria, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Chicago this year.

"I grew up with the concert and my husband did as well," Glatz said. She said the concert has been a tradition in Vienna for more than 80 years. The production usually features a large mix of Strauss compositions and other music from Viennese composers.

The Chicago show will star Nir Kabaretti conducting The Strauss Symphony of America and also feature The Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Other performers include tenor Martin Piskorski; Viennese soprano Hege Gustava Tjonn; members of Europaballett St. Polten of Austria; and international champion ballroom dancers.

"The music is so uplifting and happy," Glatz said. Among compositions to be featured are the popular "The Blue Danube" and overtures from "Die Fledermaus" "Merry Widow" and others.

Glatz said she and her husband presented their first Salute to Vienna concert in 1995 in Toronto, Canada. The production is annually presented in more than 20 cities in North America over the holiday season.

For Glatz, it's always a pleasure when she and her husband attend some of the Salute to Vienna shows.

"We travel from time to time. And it's a wonderful experience," she said about the show. "It's a fun-filled afternoon full of happiness." Glatz said the production is a "celebration of life."

FYI: Salute to Vienna will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Call 312-294-3000 or visit

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.