Saturday, January 1, 2011

Johann Strauss II - The Blue Danube Waltz - New Year's Concert

The Vienna Philharmonics are playing now on PBS and I'm watching their New Year's Day concert when they are playing Johann Strauss music. One of the songs included is always "An der schoenen, blauen Donau" (on the beautiful, blue Danube or Blue Danube for short.)  I love PBS for all kinds of reasons, but especially for their arts and entertainment during the holidays.

When I was growing up in Germany, my Oma and I were big Johann Strauss fans. She is gone now, but every time I hear his music, I get transported back in time and remember my Oma. I imagine the both of us watching one of his many Operettas on TV (we looked forward to those) or me pretend-ballet dancing around the house to one of his walzes... thanks for the memories, Oma!


  1. I love PBS, too, especially their arts, but I must admit this is a strange one!! Ballet to a waltz. And the male ballerinas look like the Beatles!! Is that supposed to be, or is it just me? I love waltzes and have and the waltz dance as well, I love the tempo of it.

  2. Mornin' Beautiful! :)

    I watched this too and loved it. PBS is my fave channel...I thought this was extremely beautiful and dontcha know I was thinking of you during it, lol!
    I hope you have a wonderful Sunday...I'm off to get some things done today! I've been taking time off to meditate, and take care of self. It has been a great contemplative time.
    Hope all is well with you and Gizz!
    I love ya!

  3. I love PBS - always had dreams of dancing like that.... sandie