Ringing in 2011 at the Neujahrskonzert

Dance · Music

They’re gonna have to tie me into my seat when the Strauss waltzes kick in at this weekend’s Neujahrskonzert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

New Year’s concerts — famous, festive, and now franchised — are an old Austrian tradition.

You know, like sacher tortes and California governors.

[How did the Austrians come up with something real to do on New Year’s Eve when the rest of the world just kind of fumbles around?]

Anyway, Gina and I, two avid ballroom gals, look forward to the swelling sound of Vienna waltzes.

We’ll raise a misty eye, skyward, to Mr. Balanchine, who loved this music too.

Even though it’s a Sunday matinee, I’m planning on wearing my ball gown … in the remote possibility that a latter day Emperor Franz Josef may wish to spin me round the room.

Happy New Year, to one and all, from arts•meme!

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