In Austria, the Neujahrskonzert is so much more than a New Year's concert. With a live audience braving the cold, an additional 1.3 million watch the annual broadcast that features the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Opera Ballet performing in the ornate environs of one of Vienna's grand palaces dating from the Austro-Hungarian empire. Salute to Vienna exports these imperial elements to the contemporary swirls of Disney Hall with dancers from the National Ballet of Hungary joined by Hungarian ballroom dancers (after all, it was the Austro-Hungarian empire) backed by the Strauss Symphony of America led by Mika Eichenholz. The program includes operetta excerpts sung by soprano Anita Lukacs and tenor Zsolt Vadasz, plus lots and lots of Strauss waltzes and polkas for the dancers to kick up their heels. It's Strauss mit schlagg, but the very best Viennese whipped cream at Walt Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sun., Dec. 30, 2:30 p.m.; $35-$115,

Sun., Dec. 30, 2:30 p.m., 2012

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