Waltzing Around Wales | Welsh National Opera

Waltzing Around Wales

28 November 2017

In January 2018 we are taking our ever popular New Year Viennese concert to even more venues across Wales, extending the festivities for a few more days.

The WNO Orchestra, under the direction of Leader David Adams, will bring a selection of some of the most famous waltzes and polkas to Swansea, Bangor, Newtown, Cardiff and Newport along with Mozart’s hugely recognisable Horn Concerto No 4.

The Viennese concert has been inextricably linked with the Strauss family since the early part of the 20th century and pieces by other Austrian composers intermingle with the famed waltzes and polkas. Audiences across Wales and England have enjoyed our production of Die Fledermaus during 2017 and its composer Johann Strauss ll is well represented in this concert. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as ‘The Waltz King’, and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century.

These incredibly popular, and recognisable, pieces of music complement each other perfectly and are guaranteed to make your toes tap. The Blue Danube and The Radetzky March are just two of the instantly-familiar tunes that you’ll hear at the performance.

In addition to these gloriously evocative pieces of music, we have Mozart’s iconic Horn Concerto No 4. Written for the composer’s friend Joseph Leutgeb to perform, the original score was presented in a combination of red, green, blue and black ink. No-one knows for certain whether that was a form of code relating to the performance of the piece or just a joke at Leutgeb’s expense. Performing the concerto for us will be WNO’s Horn Section Principal – Angus West - who has been a member of the WNO Orchestra since 1990.

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WNO has a commitment to touring throughout Wales, and 2018 will see us visiting a host of towns and cities with various events including Orchestra concerts and a brand new production, Rhondda Rips It Up! celebrating the life of Lady Rhondda in the Summer and Autumn. Keep checking the What’s On page of our website for updates.