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Joyful, light-hearted music to start the New Year with Kamloops Symphony

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January 10, 2016 - 12:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops Symphony returns to Sagebrush Theatre to celebrate the New Year with their programme The Magic of Vienna.

The Magic of Vienna was designed after the famous New Year’s concert by the Wiener Philharmoniker. The first New Year’s performance there was on Dec. 31, 1939. It has become an annual tradition, now televised in over 90 countries around the world.

Kamloops Symphony’s concert is programmed in much the same way, bringing the music from Vienna live to Sagebrush Theatre with famous and recognizable music written by some of Vienna’s greatest composers: Offenbach, Weber, Mozart, Lanner, and Strauss Junior.

Jacques Offenbach is known for his development of the operetta. He created a French comic opera and his work went on to influence composers like Lehar and the Strauss family. Johann Strauss Junior was the first son of Johann Strauss Senior, the leader of the Strauss musical dynasty. Strauss Junior became more popular than his father, writing over 500 musical compositions.

This Viennese music is described as nostalgic and uplifting. It has become a popular way to start the New Year. These light-hearted compositions provide a joyful atmosphere for celebrations around the world.

Kamloops Symphony will have Guest Host, Rod Michell, bring clarity to the evolution of the Viennese waltz during this performance. Michell, born and raised in England, came to Canada as a graduate student at UBC. Retired after teaching English language and literature at TRU for almost 40 years, literature and music have been two of his greatest passions. This will be Michell’s fourth performance with Kamloops Symphony.

The Magic of Vienna performance is Jan. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Sagebrush Theatre. Tickets can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483 or, or at the door.

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