6 2017

The Johann Strauss Family, Austria, and the Jews - Dinner & Lecture

5:30PM - 8:00PM  

Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara 524 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Contact Ruth Steinberg
(805) 957-1115

This event is SOLD OUT!

Two generations of Viennese produced some of the most memorable music of the 19th century…hundreds of instantly recognizable, enduring melodies. This was a talented family riven with tension, feuds and jealousy, living in a city that was desperate but not serious, in a country that sparkled with waltzing but was unraveling between vineyard and Danube. Everyone was Catholic …unless you were Jewish. What appeared to be a bright future in Vienna proved to be a setting sun.  Through the personal and political chaos, the Strauss family composed hundreds of waltzes and polkas to which the Viennese, Jews and non-Jews – anxious to forget their troubles – danced and drank as they and their country hurtled towards the First World War, and oblivion.  

Dr. David Bisno will weave the Johann Strauss family story of success, sex, scandal and the Nazis with the music that everyone loved then and loves now.  From the Tritsch-Tratsch and Pizzicato polkas to the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March, you will be swept away with the beauty and tragedy, the jealousies and affairs of this family and their three-quarter time music.