An evening of classical music, ballroom dancing and witty comedy will take over The Anvil when The Johann Strauss Gala waltzes back to Basingstoke on Sunday, January 24.
Following two successful New Year shows at the Churchill Way venue over the past two years, the show will see the group of musicians replicate the sounds of the world-famous Austrian musician, who composed over 500 pieces of music during his long career.
And with the orchestra being conducted by comedian, actor and writer Rainer Hersch, the audience can certainly expect a wide variety of entertainment.
“The show has many thrills and spills plus a lot of variety: the Johann Strauss Orchestra, of course, the Johann Strauss dancers and a fantastic soprano Samantha Hay,” Rainer told the Observer.
“I will be there leading the merry cavalcade with, I hope, jokes and levity to keep everybody with a smile on their face as they enjoy Strauss masterpieces such as ‘Radetsky March’, ‘Emperor Waltz’, ‘Carmen Quadrille’, and, of course, the ‘Blue Danube Waltz’.
“There is so much in this show and so much to enjoy.”
Strauss’ music is regularly played at the Vienna New Year’s Concert.
Nicknamed ‘The Waltz King’, Johann Strauss was regarded as one of the most iconic musicians of the 19th Century, with many of his compositions being used for waltzes and many other dances across Europe and eventually the world.
However, his career came to an abrupt end when he died of pleuropneumonia at the age of 73, where he was halfway through composing his final piece of work, ‘Aschenbrödel’ (which translates to Cinderella).
But his legacy has lived on and Rainer hopes that it will be a night to remember for every audience member.
“There simply aren’t any similar shows around, especially of this music,” the 53-year-old said.
Tickets for the show cost from £22.50 to £35.50 at the Churchill Way venue.