Come to Vienna MIM’s SpringFest Waltzes into the Foothills |

Come to Vienna MIM’s SpringFest Waltzes into the Foothills

Music In The Mountain’s (MIM) annual SpringFest doesn’t just signal the beginning of warmer weather. This year, SpringFest launches an entirely new annual program of live music performance in classical, jazz, pops, western, bluegrass, opera, and a wide selection of concerts for children and performance opportunities for young musicians.

Gregory Vajda’s inaugural season kicks off March 24 with Wine, Women, and Song.

The Viennese waltz is grand music, and it is also a state of mind. Now sit back and let yourself be transported to old Vienna: the rhythmic beauty of the waltz, visiting homes of the great composers, the Prater Park Ferris wheel, Sacher Tortes at the Cafe Mozart, walking the Kartnerstrasse … the idealized Vienna Life is something to behold. Famed baritone from the Metropolitan Opera, Richard Zeller, will assist everyone on their journey to Vienna as he sings songs from Wolf, Schubert and Brahms. Guests can even indulge in rich slices of Viennese torte, compliments of Flour Garden Bakery.

The Vienna Rhythm dancers, consisting of Popi Rizzi and Stan Dunn; Ray Bayles and daughter, Raelynn Springer; and Allard Parfitt and Sheryl Draper. The dancers will perform the Viennese Waltz in full costume. Founders of the Viennese Waltz Society, Stan Dunn and Popi Rizzi, leading the performers of Vienna Rhythm, will dance to the MIM Festival Orchestra as they play Lagunen Walzer. This waltz is original choreography by Popi and Stan and is danced to Johann Strauss music of “The Lagoon Waltz.” During your intermission, Vienna Rhythm will perform a Viennese Waltz to “Vienna Blood” and then follow that with a formation number with all three couples called “The Blue Danube.”

After the concert ends, Gregory Vajda and Vienna Rhythm will invite the audience for a social dance to conclude the evening’s performance.

SpringFest continues with a free concert for 700 fourth grade students on March 25, and weekend concerts featuring the MIM Chorus conducted by Ryan Murray, romantic string music, and a wind serenade.

Single tickets for Gregory Vajda and the orchestra’s 2010 season are on sale now.

Tickets for SpringFest range in price from $5 to $32. Become a MIM donor and enjoy the many expanded benefits associated with giving back to the music community. This year you can even get an iPod with Gregory’s favorite tunes already loaded.

Ticket information is available through the Music In The Mountains Web site at and at the box office by calling (530) 265-6124. For complete season details visit

For over 28 years, MIM has been the premiere producer of classical music in the foothills and as a tax-exempt (501c3) public benefit organization, all proceeds from the seasonal festivals are directed toward MIM’s mission-related campaigns and programs.

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