[[postponed] New year’s concerts]

© Bruno Bonansea

Sylvia Huang violin

Benjamin Haemhouts conductor

Works by

Johann Strauss, Gioachino Rossini, Bizet, Pablo de Sarasate, Joseph Haydn, Antonio Bazzini

There’s no better way to start the new year than with a concert full of festive music, with a touch of humour. We start off with the playful overture to The Barber of Seville by Italian crowd-pleaser Rossini, followed by our Belgian favourite Sylvia Huang who will venture onto to the notoriously difficult Carmen Fantasie, a nod to Bizet’s opera of the same name.

Haydn’s fresh Symphony No. 88 sounds a bit like a New Year’s wish that has already come true. And yet the undisputed kings of the New Year in musical terms remain the members of the Strauss dynasty. Together, the Strauss family helped shift Viennese dance culture from the ballroom to the concert stage, where their works such as the Radetsky March and the overture to Die Fledermaus gained immortal fame.

Irresistibly melodic and ever youthful, these gems are ready and waiting for an unforgettable year.

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