For Austrians, the Neujahrskonzert is so much more than a New Year's concert, with a live audience braving the cold and an additional 1.3 million watching the annual broadcast that features the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Opera Ballet in the ornate environs of a grand palace dating from the Austrian empire. Salute to Vienna exports these elements to two local venues, with dancers from the Vienna City Ballet joining the Strauss Symphony of America, conductor Mika Eichenholz and singers Patricia Nessy and Alexandru Badea. The program includes operetta excerpts, and, of course, lots of Strauss waltzes and polkas. Catch a preview at

Sat., Jan. 1, 8 p.m., 2011

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