The Vienna Kursalon was built between the years
1865 and 1867 by Johann Garber in the style of the Italian Renaissance.
After two years of restoration, the Kursalon sparkles in renewed
splendour, inviting audiences to experience the musical pleasures that
have thrilled visitors since the famed Promenade Concerts of the
brothers Strauss. The Wiener Kursalon is one of the most beautiful
concert venues in the heart of
the Kursalon attracted only a few visitors, as the beautiful facilities were
used solely as a spa. Concerts and other entertainment were strictly forbidden.
But the thirst for music was greater than that for water. Only a year after its
opening, the first Johann Strauss Concert took place on October 15th, 1868. Since
then, the events have become an attraction within the musical life of
The Johann Strauss Salonorchester was founded in 1994 by the concertmaster of the Vienna Volksoper, Prof. Udo Zwölfer. Sold-out concert halls and enthusiastic reviews attest to their musical excellence. The primary concern of the Johann Strauss Salonorchester is that vital care be taken of Viennese classical music. This, combined with the joy of music-making, distinguishes this orchestra, as did the concerts of Johann Strauss and his contemporaries more than a hundred years ago.
The repertoire spans the works of Strauss, Lanner, Ziehrer, as well as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and traditional "Schrammeln" and Salonmusik. This chamber orchestra uses uniquely adapted arrangements that have been carefully constructed based on the original scores of the composers themselves. Distinguished singers and ballet dancers add to the extraordinary musical achievements and enchant audiences. An authentic concert experience, which enables a musical journey through time!
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