AMADEUS VIRTUOSI OF NEW YORK (Mary Alderdice
Malin, Artistic Director) is an American-based chamber ensemble with seven to
twenty-seven musicians which presents elegant Viennese evenings featuring familiar
and rare works from the repertory of dance, operetta, opera, classical, and virtuoso
Programming includes "Evening in Vienna,"
"Mozartiana," "Hungarian Gypsy Fest," "Italian Serenade,"
"Schubertiana," and others. Ever popular with audiences and critics
alike, they have performed nationwide to rave reviews.
presentation was extraordinary... the ensemble a revelation."
- "...two hours
of prime performances...an obvious booking coup."
VIRTUOSI OF NEW YORK
The impact of a chamber orchestra and/or show at an affordable
A small American-based ensemble unique in offering programs
with this repertoire.
Balanced and flexible four-star program format:
- Viennese waltzes and dances
- Classical selections
- Virtuoso showpieces
AND RARE WORKS
Special theme program ideas available:
Kreisleriana, Schubertiade, Hungarian Gypsy Fest, Italian Serenade
Singing and dancing, with audience participation possible.
Perfect for gala events, holidays, and fund raisers.
Major name artists available for selected concerts.
by Mary Alderdice Malin
One happy event leads to another. During a trip to Vienna a few years ago,
some members of our ensemble had the pleasure of attending an enchanting concert
in an elegant palace, where a small group of musicians with a singer and two dancers
swept us away with waltzes, polkas, and operetta music. The audience response
was simply extraordinary. Since such programs are extremely rare here, we decided
then and there that we had to take our audiences on a musical journey to Vienna.
We created our own version of program by adding classical and virtuoso instrumental
music to this already delicious mix.
Very little of this music is in
print, thus it takes enormous preparation--research, arranging, copying, editing--which
accounts in part for the rarity of such concerts. We brought back some music from
Vienna and began research here. Inspired by Alexander Schneider, we went to the
Library of Congress and copied a suitcase ful1 of Strauss and Lanner piano scores,
from what is one of the world's great Viennese music archives. The resident expert,
Charles Sens, made his research available to us and showed us actual sets of parts
from Strauss's own orchestra, as well as original notated manuscripts. We copied
from original editions of the 1820s and '30s which were in remarkably good shape.
We also found a lot of operetta music of very high quality, virtually unknown
here. We could hardly wait to share this with the public--and hundreds of hours
of work later, we are doing just that!
The small cafe ensemble of 1820-1830
Vienna most often consisted of two violins, viola, and bass; this is our basic
building block to which we currently add piano and two singer-dancers. In our
larger configuration, we add cello and winds, which hugely expands our repertoire,
making possible works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Rossini, and many
We have been greatly inspired in our efforts by the late Alexander
Schneider, and influenced by the recordings of Willi Boskovsky, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,
and the Vienna Philharmonic's Annual New Year's concerts. It is in this magnificent
tradition that we hope to participate in giving the public happy and elegant journeys