Although Mozart died at the age of 35, his oeuvre includes more than 600 compositions, including sacred music; operas; lyrical dramas and other stage works; ballet music; concert arias, songs and canons; dances; symphonies; divertimenti; serenades and chamber music for widely differing ensembles, and concerti and sonatas.
Strauss lived more than twice as long, to the age of 74, and during his lifetime became known as the “Waltz King.” Beginning in 1856, concert tours across Europe triggered what has been described as “Strauss hysteria” — the Beatlemania of its time. Largely due to his influence, the waltz and other types of dance (the galop, polka, march and czardas) became integral parts of Viennese operattas.
Among numerous concerts performed regularly in the city, “Sound of Vienna” offers an entertaining mix of Mozart and Strauss favorites, performed by the Salonorchester Alt Wien.
Guests may attend the concert only, or purchase a concert-and-dinner package, which includes a gourmet three-course meal. A VIP ticket entitles the holder to dinner, the concert, a glass of sparkling wine during the intermission, a program and a CD.
Opt for that package, and you have a reason to dress up for a stylish evening of food, wine and music in one of Europe’s great cities.