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Concerts in Salzburg and Vienna

We'll be in Salzburg over Dec 24-26. I found a concert at Mirabell Palace for the 26th that will work well with our schedule. Would this be a good quality concert? My son is a music major and I think it would be really amazing for him to attend a concert where Mozart performed!

I'm also looking for ideas for a concert in Vienna. We'll be there Dec 27-31, so I think our options are limited and I think I heard some concerts are more tourist traps.

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I guess this is a trip this year? The Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert would be a great choice, but it is too late to enter the lottery for this year. But maybe consider Hofburg Orchester's New Year's concert?

(I should note that I don't know how the pandemic has affected the concerts.)

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For Vienna 12/30 and 12/31 " Lady in the Dark " by Kurt Weill , and the classic New Year confection, " Die Fledermaus " by Johann Strauss II . A matinee and evening performance . At The Volksoper , stunning productions with a great orchestra .

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We attended a concert at Mirabell Palace back in August 2019 and it was incredible. Would highly recommend. Pay extra to get seats up front.

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Thank you, all! Yes, we are going this year- so bummed we missed the opportunity to try to get a ticket with the Vienna Philharmonic Symphony. That would have been an experience for sure!

I'll look at the other concerts listed. I appreciate the recommendations!

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The chances of you getting a ticket to the Philharmonic New Year's Concert would have been about zero anyway, so don't let that bum you out.

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You have two chances to see Tosca at the Opera House in Vienna on December 27 and 30 (http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/)

On December 28 and 29, the Silvester: Straus Festival Orchestra at the Vienna Konzerthaus (http://www.konzerthaus.at/)

Also on December 28 and 29, the very excellent Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich will give a New Year's Concert at the famous Musikverein (http://www.musikverein.at/)

On December 30 and 31, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Singing Academy will present Beethoven's 9th Symphony in the Vienna Konzerthaus (http://www.konzerthaus.at/).

The rest of the options you will find on the website of the Vienna Tourist Board are very touristy with costumes, etc...

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True, the chance of winning the possibility to buy tickets to the Wiener philharmoniker's concert is close to zero. I know, I've tried a few times. But if you're not taking part in the lottery, the chance is exactly zero.

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Badger - I agree but I just didn’t want the OP to think they’d missed out on something (unless they are famous or an Ambassador, of course).