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The Vienna New Year’s concert is a lavish, legendary event. Every year, classical fans gather in the Austrian capital and tune in from around the world to hear one of Europe’s finest orchestras ring in the new year with a mix of waltzes, polkas, and czárdás. But around here, the closest thing we get to a Viennese New Year is off the Orange Line, with a plate of waffles at Amphora. That’s where “Salute to Vienna” comes in. The traveling show puts on a neujahrskonzert in 16 cities across North America, using local musicians backed by Austrian dancers, singers, and conductors. D.C.’s version of the Vienna Philharmonic will be led by Alexander Steinitz, featuring soprano Rebecca Nelsen and tenor Thomas Sigwald. The Vienna Imperial Ballet, whose misleading name suggests a legacy dating back to the Habsburgs—it was actually founded in 2003—will provide the visual flair, along with champion ballroom dancers. Expect a Strauss-heavy program including “The Blue Danube,” “Radetzky March,” and other pieces that made that other Vienna famous.
The concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. $49-$95. (301) 581-5100.