From the Library: New Year in Vienna

Das Neu­jahrskonz­ert der Wiener Phil­har­moniker” – the annu­al New Year con­cert giv­en by the Vien­na Phil­har­mon­ic in the Great Hall of the Wiener Musikver­lein – is a tra­di­tion that goes back to 1939. Today it’s heard all over the world by some­thing like a bil­lion peo­ple.

As Radio Riel’s sub­scrip­tion to Euro­vi­sion isn’t paid up yet, we are broad­cast­ing our own pro­gramme with a dis­tinct­ly Vien­nese New Year flavour. How­ev­er, while the cen­tral fea­ture of the pro­gramme is the waltzes of Johann Strauss Jr, we also extend some way beyond that with a mix­ture of clas­si­cal and light clas­si­cal pieces, often with a waltz theme, from artists like the Brass­works Band and Bare Neces­si­ties, and com­posers as diverse as Chopin, Karl Jenk­ins and Richard Addin­sell.

Says Elrik Mer­lin, “I would like to wish a very Hap­py New to all our lis­ten­ers and take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to ded­i­cate today’s pro­gramme to the Cale­don Library and all its staff, and espe­cial­ly to Mr JJ Drinkwa­ter, in thanks for the won­der­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion we have enjoyed over the past year. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the Cale­don Library and the entire Alexan­dri­an Free Library sys­tem in the com­ing year.”

• From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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