While many cultures revel in ringing out the old year, leave it to the 19th-century’s Austro-Hungarian empire to set a European standard on how to do it right. In Vienna’s famous Neujahrskonzert (New Year’s Concert), dancers from the Vienna Opera Ballet perform in one of Vienna’s elaborate palaces evoking the era when the Hapsburg’s ruled an empire. The dance along with music and opera is performed for a live (and presumably shivering) audience and also broadcast nationally, easily vying with New York City’s crystal-ball countdown.
Recreating the Neujahrskonzert, Salute to Vienna arrives with waltzes, polka, ballet, singing and lots of music provided by the Strauss Symphony of America. Like Vienna pastry, it is definitely mit schlag, but a fun way to stretch the New Year’s celebrating with a post-concert glass of champagne before committing to those resolutions. After a Saturday performance in Orange County, the show goes to Hollywood on Sunday.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; Sat., Dec. 28, 8 p.m.; $49-$129. scfta.org.
Also at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sun., Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m., $42-$126. ticketmaster.com.