Vienna Strauss Ensemble

Direct From the Capital of Austria

Tour Dates
March 1, 2019 – April 8, 2019

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the music capital of the world was Vienna, a city that nature herself must have had a hand in creating along the banks of Europe’s most picturesque river, the Danube. Here the Habsburgs polished the crown’s most precious jewel into a city of high society, instrumental in bringing beauty and brilliance to the community with parks and forma gardens that outdid Versailles. This picturesque city maintained courts populated with nobility who patronized the arts. The pomp and ceremony that surrounded the imperial household of rulers in their festive rituals and music making surpassed those of all contemporary European monarchs. Probably, the proudest of all Vienna’s achievements was the city’s role as host to dozens of major musicians who were either born there or flocked there over the years: Gluck at mid-eighteenth century; Haydn and Mozart during the later decades of the eighteenth century; Beethoven a few years later; Schubert, Brahms and Bruckner, representing the great nineteenth century romanticists, as well as the twentieth century’s great reformers: Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. But, Vienna was also a city of dreams and dance; it gave life to the loveliest semi-classical and “ballroom” music. Here was the birthplace of Johann Strauss the elder, the “Father of the Waltz”, and his son Johann, the “Waltz King”. In addition, Vienna attracted dozens of composers of operetta and “lighter” music from other parts of Europe.

Barbara Reinprecht-Schellenberg, Artistic Director/Pianist
Barbara Reinprecht-Schellenberg was born into an Austrian musical family. Her father, Wolfgang, a singer at the Vienna Volksoper, toured the world as a little soloist with the Vienna Boys’ Choir after the war. Her mother, Evelyn, an English teacher, played the harp as a student. It was only natural that the ever smiling, happy child should start her musical education at the renowned Vienna Academy of Music at the tender age of five. Barbara was only thirteen when she proudly accompanied her father at the piano to very difficult songs by Schubert, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss. Through the years, the demand for Barbara’s concerts has grown to a point where, now, she has her own office out of which she manages and organizes the affairs of four orchestras. One of them is known outside of Austria as the Strauss Damenkapelle of Vienna, or as we call them in the United States – the Vienna Strauss Ensemble. Necessity being the mother of invention, Ms. Reinprecht created her ensembles not only to satisfy her own desire for a career in music, and those of other talented ladies, but also as a protest to a tiresome tradition in Austria that restricted women from participating in much of the country’s important musical life. The Vienna Strauss Ensemble is a start toward redressing this issue, admittedly modestly for the moment, but keep your eye on the energetic Ms. Reinprecht, who’s dreams, like her talent, stretch far. How far? An all-woman symphony orchestra, perhaps? Who knows?!

Sample Program (subject to change)

MORNING PAPERS – JOHANN STRAUSS

TRITSCH TRATSC – JOHANN STRAUSS

I AM IN LOVE – FRANZ LEHAR (SOPRANO)

BLOND OR BROWN – ROBERT STOLZ (TENOR)

I WANT TO DANCE – EMMERICH KALMAN (SOPRANO & TENOR)

MERRY WIDOW (LADIES MARCH) – FRANZ LEHAR

BAMBOLINA – HANS MIELENZ

ROSES OF THE SOUTH – JOHANN STRAUSS

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THUNDER & LIGHTENING POLKA – JOHANN STRAUSS

YOU WILL REMEMBER VIENNA – SIGMUND ROMBERG (SOPRANO & TENOR)

VINDOBONA MARCH – KARL KOMZAK

VIENNA BON BONS – JOHANN STRAUSS

TIK TAK POLKA – JOHANN STRAUSS

COUNTESS MARITZA SELECTIONS – EMMERICH KALMAN (SOPRANO & TENOR)

GOLD & SILVER WALTZ – FRANZ LEHAR

MY LIPS ARE WARM FOR YOUR KISS – FRANZ LEHAR (SOPRANO)

RADETZKY MARCH – JOHANN STRAUSS