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Celebrate New Year with Old World Viennese party

Guillermo Figueroa will lead his Figueroa Music and Arts Project in a New Year’s Eve Viennese party concert. (Journal file)
Guillermo Figueroa will lead his Figueroa Music and Arts Project in a New Year’s Eve Viennese party concert. (Journal file)
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The Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra wants to start an Old World tradition in the New World.

For years, the Vienna Philharmonic has famously presented New Year’s Day concerts with Strauss family waltzes, landlers and marches.

Guillermo Figueroa, the project’s artistic director, will conduct the 50-member orchestra and solo on violin in the New Year’s Eve concert at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

If you go
WHAT: “New Year’s Eve in Vienna!” with the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth SW
HOW MUCH: $22, $34, $46 and $60 in advance at the NHCC box office, online at www.nhccnm.org or by calling 505-724-4771. For an additional $20, patrons can attend a post-concert hors d’oeuvres and wine reception with the artists

“It’s really more than a concert. It’s a glorified Viennese party of the mid- to late-19th century,” Figueroa said. “So we will feature light music from the great Viennese masters.”

The concert starts with the overture to Johann Strauss II’s “Die Fledermaus.”

“It’s one of the great party operas, with dancing, champagne,” Figueroa said.

The first half of the program also includes works by two Viennese masters, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 and W.A. Mozart’s Serenata Notturna, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 as well as Vittorio Monti’s “Czardas.”

“The Mozart … is one of the most charming occasional pieces,” he said. “The Beethoven is really an aria-like piece and the ‘Czardas’ is brilliant.”

After intermission, the orchestra will perform Strauss’ famous “Blue Danube” waltz, Franz von Suppé’s “Poet and Peasant Overture” Franz Lehar’s “Gold and Silver Waltz” and Franz Lizst’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

“We are very much hoping this becomes a new holiday tradition in Albuquerque,” Figueroa said.

“The Vienna Philharmonic does two (holiday) concerts – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I think it’s more celebratory to do it on New Year’s Eve.”

The orchestra members will be in formal tails and in elegant gowns to reflect the atmosphere of a Viennese ball, he said.

Figueroa encouraged audience members to dress in formal attire.

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