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Strauss Concert in Vienna?

We will be in Vienna March 24-28 and are wanting to attend a concert with specifically Strauss music. I've seen venues with Mozart and others but not Strauss. It can be a small chamber concert, dinner and concert, etc....we're not picky.

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If you go to http://www.wien.info/en and do an event search with your dates, you will find numerous concerts. Looking through a few, the four below include pieces by Strauss (Richard or Johann, not sure which one you want). I would strongly recommend you avoid the concerts of the costumed, overpriced variety.

http://events.wien.info/en/fhc/orf-radio-symphonieorchester-wien/

http://events.wien.info/en/fsi/lied-recital-mojca-erdmann/

http://events.wien.info/en/io9/meiji-university-meiji-high-school-junior-high-school/

http://events.wien.info/en/io8/orchester-chore-des-musikgymnasiums-wien/

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Oh, you are planning to go to an Easter Market, correct?

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From the tenor of your post ( no pun intended ) I am assuming your interest in Strauss refers to the Austrian composer of lush and lilting ( most notably , waltzes ) dance and operetta music of the late nineteenth century . Richard Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and Modern eras , best known for his operas and orchestral tone poems . The two Strauss's only have a common name , but are unrelated both in a familial and a musical way . Richard Strauss' compositions are brilliant , but as you are visiting Vienna , it is likely Johann ( the younger ) that you are thinking of . In any event , make sure that you understand the distinction between the two when choosing a performance . A quick listen to this will clarify what you are probably looking for .
http://youtu.be/VgzU7cdQHzo

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As Steven says, big difference musically between the two Strausses. It would help us to help you, if you could return here and clarify which Strauss you're interested in.

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I'm interested in Johann Strauss. Actually, as a music teacher, I'm interested in most any classical composer. I've been to the Beethoven Haus in Bonn and the Mozart birth house and residence in Salzburg. My 'bucket list', so to speak, is to visit the museums of the great composers. I know Vienna was the birthplace of Strauss and the home of other greats. In Salzburg we listened to Mozart so I thought it fitting to attend a Strauss concert in Vienna.

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But I would also like to hear about the Easter Market....

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The Easter Markets are a pretty big deal here, so I am sure you would have stumbled on them anyway. The link here provides a list of 4, but there are really only 2 worth the time - the one at Freyung and the one at Schonbrunn. The one at Freyung is comprised of thousands and thousands of painted eggs for sale. We go there every year to buy an egg for each member of our family and add it to our traditional egg tree. Photo opportunities galore. The one at the Schonbrunn is like the market they have at Christmas, only better weather. Food stalls, crafts, etc. Go to both.

http://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/markets/easter-markets

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" Actually, as a music teacher, I'm interested in most any classical composer " -- Well , as you know , you are certainly going to musical mecca !! As Emily pointed out , there are many costumed and fairly inauthentic venues in Vienna to avoid , like Salzburg with its myriad Mozarts . Performances of " Eine Kleine Nachtmusic " are as ubiquitous there as Mozart balls ( the chocolate ones ) . I love Strauss' music ( The whole family - Father and his three sons ) Since you are in town on the 28th , try to get to Café Braunerhof at Stallburggasse 2 , about two blocks from Michaelerplatz at the Hofburg entrance . On weekend afternoons a piano trio ( piano , violin , cello ) plays the repertoire you seek , They play very well , and the venue is lovely . Try for tickets to The Musikverein if possible . The acoustics there are arguably the best anywhere --- We were able to hear Mahler's Fifth and the experience was indescribable . One other comment --- For fifty years , I was entranced by a particular Viennese waltz used in the 1948 film " Letter from an Unknown Woman " ( you can watch it on youtube , have plenty of Kleenex ) . They played it on a Sunday afternoon at Braunerhof , and I finally learned the title . By another of the late nineteeth century Viennese composers ( The vastly underrated , and pretty much forgotten , Carl Michael Ziehrer http://youtu.be/z9ZjYda04Ks