Monthly Archives: December 2011

City & Concert

It is the so-called city of dreams that counts some of the greatest luminaries of music and art among its former inhabitants; and it seems Vienna still has plenty to boast about, as it has been named the best place to live in the world – for the third year running.

The Austrian capital, which was home to Mozart, Beethoven and Klimt, among others, and has a population of 1.7million, has the best living standards in the world, according to an annual quality of living survey. This result is from the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living survey.  Mercer conducts the survey to help governments and companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

Living conditions are analyzed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories, including politics and social environment, economic environment, health and sanitation, education, transportation, housing and recreation.

Besides being the city of dreams, Vienna is also the city of music; and a major musical highlight is the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic that takes place each year in the morning of January 1ST.  This concert is broadcast around the world to an estimated audience of 50 million in 72 countries and is considered the world’s most famous concert. The program always includes pieces from the Strauss family—Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss — with occasional additional music from other mostly Austrian composers. This year’s conductor will be Mariss Jansons.

The Vienna Philharmonic
You can buy the CD/DVD here:
71st Vienna Philharmonic Ball:
Johann Strauss – Waltzer

On the other hand, if you prefer Arabic [طرب] here’s the lady to follow on New Year’s Eve at Kasr Assoufara in Dbayeh, Lebanon

Peace & Good Times