Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic

Strauss – gala. Tales from the Vienna Wood. Opening of the III Moscow Christmas Classical Music Festival

Штраус-гала
Date and time: 
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 18:00
Venue: 
Moscow International House of Music. Svetlanov Hall
Conductor: 
Wolfgang Groehs (Austria)
Soloist: 
Anna Ryan, soprano (Austria)

 

The most beautiful dances and songs by Strauss dynasty.

Music family of Strauss gave the world real constellation of talents. Johann Strauss the Son was acknowledged as the most famous of them. He was the titled “waltz king”, the creator of such Viennese classical operetta masterpieces as Die Fledermaus and The Gypsy Baron, the author of many waltzes, polkas, galops, and marches. Johann Strauss the Father organized his own orchestra which was recognized one of the best in Europe, performed as a conductor and a violinist. Musical talent of Strauss the Father continued its rich flowering in his three sons. Young Strauss the Son could play and conduct all days and nights long. He composed music at every given opportunity, devoted his waltzes to doctors, lawyers, newsmen, coachmen of Viennese fiacres… People from Vienna, Paris, New York, Petersburg, Berlin, etc. wanted to listen to Strauss the Son’s orchestra. Beauty and ravishment of melodies, magnificence of orchestra colours, inventiveness, and wit of his dance pieces influenced all public – from inhabitants of city suburbs to famous musicians of the world. Two brothers Joseph and Eduard also continued family musical tradition.  The most popular Polka-pizzicato was written in joint authorship with Joseph. Johann the elder of the brothers left more than 500 compositions, practically in 300 belong to Joseph and Eduard.

Anna Ryan started her vocal education at the State Conservatory of Yerevan in the Republic of Armenia. After her graduation she moved to Vienna and studied additionally at the Conservatory of Vienna. After her studies she became a finalist of the International Vocal Competition in Alcamo / Italy in 2002. So far her singing career led her to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Latvian National Opera, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Römersteinbruch in St. Margarethen and to the opera houses of Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Egypt, Japan, Russia, Romania, Spain, Italy and more. She sings the title roles of the most famous operas such as R. Strauss “Der Rosenkavalier”, G. Puccini’s “Turandot”, “Tosca” and “La Boheme”, G. Verdi’s “Aida”, “Il Trovatore”, “Don Carlo” and “Nabucco”, L. van Beethoven’s “Fidelio” and much more. In 2011 and 2012 Anna Ryan sang several gala concerts in Austria and the title roles of G. Puccini’s “Turandot” and G. Verdi’s  ”Tosca”, “Aida” and “Nabucco” at the National Theatre of Bratislava.

Wolfgang Groehs studied at Vienna Academy for Music and Arts and at the Vienna University. Hans Swarowsky was his Professor. Later Groehs became Assistent of Swarowsky’s at the Vienna State Opera. From 1977 till 1982 he was Conductor at the Vienna Raimundtheater. In 1981 he conducted a chamber orchestra of the “Wiener Philharmoniker” for the first time. Since 1983 – guest conductor in Salzburg, Innsbruck, invitations as conductor for Budapest, Tokio, Hiroshima, Moscow. In 1992 Wolfgang Groehs founded the Orchestra EUROPASYMPHONY and since that time is its Chief Conductor. The orchestra performs at the Wiener Konzerthaus and at numerous Music Festivals in Austria as well as worldwide. Since 2001 he is Principal Conductor of the “Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra”, since 2007 - permanent conductor at the Opera Open Air Festival St Margarethen (Austria). He conducted such operas as Nabucco, Rigoletto, La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Carmen. 

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