January will be the month of Vienna music in Seoul as several Viennese music groups will be visiting the city to perform.
The Strauss Festival Orchestra of Vienna (SFOV) will hold a New Year's Concert on Jan. 19 at the Seoul Arts Center which is its eighth concert in Korea since its first in 2004. The SFOV annually holds New Year's Concerts in various parts of the world.
Conducted by Willy Buchler, the orchestra will showcase various pieces by Johann Strauss II including "Die Fledermaus Overture," "Fruehlingsstimmen (Voices of spring)," "An Der Schoenen Blauen Donau," and "Champagner Polka (Galopp)."
In addition to Strauss, the orchestra will also perform music by Austria's favorite composers, Eduard Strauss, Franz Lehar, Josef Strauss, and Richard Heuberger.
A ballet duo will perform Viennese waltzes of the 19th century dancing to the tunes of Johann Strauss.
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The Vienna Boys Choir will also be visiting Seoul for a nationwide tour starting in Seoul on Jan. 22 at the Seoul Arts Center. Since its first Korean performance in 1969, the choir has visited the country 27 times and has had 170 performances here. The annual New Year's Concert in January is only being held in Korea and is the first opportunity to experience the choir's repertoire on the Asia tour program for the year.
The theme for the New Year's Concert this year is "Smile" and the repertoire includes medieval music, folk music of various countries, movie soundtracks, waltzes and polkas to name a few.
The Vienna Boys Choir was established in 1498 as a royal church choir of the Austrian palace and has since maintained its reputation as a court choir.