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Holiday concert with a difference

THE New Year's concert is a tradition in Vienna and it is becoming a staple in Shanghai as well. The ORF (Austrian Radio and Television) Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna will make its Shanghai debut on December 29 with an atypical holiday concert that isn't filled with Strauss' waltzes.

The performance at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center in Pudong will feature Mozart's "Magic Flute Overture," Schubert's "Unfinished" symphony, Strauss' "The Bat: Overture" and the "Thunder and Lightning Polka."

The symphony orchestra, conducted by Ariel Zukermann, brings music with a distinct Viennese feeling, as well as modern works by Austrian composers, such as Kurt Schwertsik's "Wiener Chronik 1848" and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's "Mazurka."

Viennese music is traced back to Haydn and is distinct from the Romantic school represented by Beethoven, says local music critic Tang Ruofu, adding that the upcoming concert presents a broad range of Viennese music.

"Mozart learned from Haydn; Schubert was the first to collect and incorporate Austrian folk elements; Strauss is nationally known; Schwetsik gives a modern interpretation to the music of Europe's Biedermeier age in his 'Wiener Chronik 1848'," Tang says.

When Korngold was 11, he wrote an opera that was staged at the Vienna Opera House. His music for the film "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) won an Oscar for best score and his classical works are notable.

The ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna was established in 1969 as a typical symphony orchestra playing for radio broadcasting in the radio age.

After television replaced radio, the number of radio symphony orchestras declined, but the ORF carried on in the Viennese orchestral tradition.

The ensemble is considered one of the three top Viennese orchestras, following the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. It performs regularly in the Vienna concert season and at music festivals throughout Europe and elsewhere.

The upcoming Shanghai concert may not be in typical New Year's style but will present 300 years of Viennese musical tradition, according to Wang Yong, associate professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

He said it was difficult to predict local Chinese audience reaction to an unconventional, non-waltz program.

Date: December 29, 7:30pm

Venus: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tickets: 300-1,800 yuan

Tel: 962-388, 5415-9241


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