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Spend 'A Night in Old Vienna'

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Maestra Mary Woodmansee Green will present "A Night in Old Vienna" at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island.

The concert will open with Franz Von Suppe's "The Poet and Peasant" overture, and 17-year-old trumpet virtuoso Austin Williams will play Joseph Haydn's "Trumpet Concerto." The second half features the overture and ball scene from Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."

Williams, who won second place in the orchestra's Youth Concerto Competition, joins the orchestra in Haydn's "Trumpet Concerto," a groundbreaking work that has become the most performed concerto for trumpet.

The Acworth, Ga., resident played the first movement of the Henri Tomasi "Concerto in F Major" at the competition.

Best known of the musical Strauss family, "Johann the Younger" eventually overshadowed his father as the "Waltz King."

Like many of his pieces, his "Emperor Waltzes" was written with chorus and will be sung by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

One of his most popular works, "Emperor Waltzes" was written for a meeting between the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef and the German Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Seven soloists will help bring "Fledermaus" to life by performing selections from Act II: soprano Laura Sutton Floyd as Rosalinda, soprano Penelope Shumate as Adele, baritone Thomas Vasil as Count Eisenstein, baritone Richard Johnson as the mischievous Dr. Falke, tenor Alan Lathan as Frank, mezzo soprano Diane Narretta as Prince Orlovsky, and soprano Gayle Lang as Ida.

There also will be a post-concert onstage "Symphony Conversations" with the soloists.

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