By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Wednesday, December 26th, and Thursday, December 27th, will see Rio’s illustrious ‘Theatro Municipal’ (Municipal Theater) musically transformed into a Viennese ballroom as the ‘Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira’ (Brazilian Symphony Orchestra) present their new show ‘Uma Noite em Viena’ (One Night in Vienna).
To mark the closing of the 2018 season for both the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the Municipal Theater, conductor Lee Mills and the orchestra will be playing a selection of waltzes, polkas and Austrian marches evoking the Viennese ballrooms of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Spectators at the magisterial Municipal Theater will be treated to famous works by Austrian composers such as Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss Jr, Josef Strauss and Franz Von Suppé. Selected pieces include Johann Strauss’s ‘Radetzky March’ and Johann Strauss Jr’s ‘The Blue Danube.’
The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, led by American conductor Lee Mills, have enjoyed a busy and successful year, including the month-long Mozart festival in March, plenty of concerts at Lapa’s Sala Cecília Meireles, guest shows at Barra da Tijuca’s Cidade des Artes, plus a recent triumph at the Municipal Theater with their tribute to American film composer John Williams.
In addition to conducting the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the conductor Lee Mills has led the United States National Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and the Concert Artists of Baltimore with the Moscow Ballet. And in 2017, Mills was a semifinalist at the Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt.
What: ‘Uma Noite em Viena’
When: Wednesday, December 26th, and Thursday, December 27th; 8PM
Where: Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Praça Floriano, Centro, Rio de Janeiro
Entrance: R$10 – R$80; available here