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Vienna On Fire - Johann Strauss Ensemble

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Waltzes and Polkas to Set Your Heart Aflame this Winter
So, let's get this straight. You like your orchestra to play music you recognize, and perform with energetic physicality and a spot of humour. Well then, this could be the show for you.

Russell McGregor
Russell McGregor leads in Stehgeiger style

Following their sell-out Australian tour in 2011, the Austrian-based Johann Strauss Ensemble is set to tour Australia's south-east with Vienna On Fire, led by Melbourne's own Russell McGregor.

Vienna On Fire will feature the popular waltzes and polkas of Austria's Johann Strauss and his sons Eduard and Josef, including Beautiful Blue Danube, Wiener Blut, Bandit's Galop and Thunder and Lightning. The program will also include Josef Strauss' Fire Proof Polka, featuring Russell McGregor playing an anvil as percussion.

Playing the anvil

Johann Strauss Ensemble perform in the original Stehgeiger style used by Johann Strauss himself, where the leader is both conductor and soloist.

The Johann Strauss Ensemble was established in 1985, and features 22 world-class musicians from the Bruckner Orchestra. Their Australian Tour will run between 16 21 July 2013, and will take in Sydney, Penrith, Melbourne and Geelong with only one opportunity in each location:

Russell McGregor
Once Melbournite, now Viennese, McGregor

SYDNEY - Tuesday, 16 July 2013 at 8pm
City Recital Hall Angel Place, 2 Angel Place, Sydney
Tickets $69 $109
Bookings here

PENRITH - Wednesday, 17 July 2013 at 8pm
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith
Tickets $70 $80
Bookings here

MELBOURNE - Saturday, 20 July 2013 at 8pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Tickets $55 $135
Bookings here

GEELONG - Sunday, 21 July 2013 at 6pm
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 50 Little Malop Street, Geelong
Tickets $75 $80
Bookings here
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Why? Waltz Away the Winter
Where: Sydney, Penrith, Melbourne and Geelong
Cost: $55 - $135
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