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Your chance to waltz into the new year.

Byline: Val Javin ,

For many, it is simply one of the concert highlights of the season.

A chance to relax and waltz into a New Year in the company of some of the best music-makers around.

What we are talking here is the now traditional Viennese Whirl, a style of concert which in Vienna is an integral part of New Year celebrations and one which is fast becoming a fixture here in Huddersfield too.

The tradition is very much a fledgling one at Huddersfield Town Hall but since its introduction in recent years, the waltzing music of Strauss and the charm of Vienna has become a firm favourite in our own musical calendar.

If past experience is anything to go by, music lovers need to book early for this already much-loved concert which will light up the Town Hall on the afternoon of Thursday, December 28.

That's when the Orchestra of Opera North, featuring the popular Christian Gansch (conductor), and Mairad Buicke (soprano), will help get concertgoers into a relaxed and celebratory mood.

They will be celebrating the New Year a couple of days early with time-honoured classics including The Blue Danube, the Tritsch Tratsch Polka and the Skaters' Waltz plus the Champagne Polka complete with popping corks, party poppers and cheers.

Opera North's own Dougie Scarfe presents a concert that is typical of those made popular in Vienna. With him the Orchestra of Opera North brings to Huddersfield its own Viennese friend and conductor, Christian Gansch, to ensure the performance has a genuine Austrian feel.

Concert conductor Christian Gansch will be more than happy as this is his favourite repertoire. Christian was born in Austria and studied piano and violin in Vienna. He became the leader of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra when he was just 17. It was a position that he held for 10 years.

His conducting career began in 1985 and he has since worked with numerous European orchestras, including the City of Birmingham, the Royal Scottish National, the Hall, the BBC Symphony and the Orchestra of Opera North in this country. He has been a regular guest conductor with the Russian National Orchestra since 1998.

The soprano Mairad Buicke will sing Dvorak's Song to the Moon and an excerpt from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Mairad, a recent graduate of the National Opera Studio, brings her Irish charm and wonderfully lyrical tones to Huddersfield for this concert of true celebration.

What better company could you be in as we approach the New Year?

This Viennese Whirl is an afternoon concert for the whole family. It begins at 2pm and tickets are pounds 12 all areas (plus pounds 4 concession for under 26s) from Kirklees booking offices or the ticket hotline: 01484 223200/01924 324501.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2006
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