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December 2005

New Year's Eve Ideas

New Year’s Eve is always a tricky one—where to go? What to do? Here’s our pick of the bunch of fitting ways to spend the last moments of 2005:


Last Night of the Year — the Munich Symphony Orchestra will present such greats as Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.” The show starts at 3 pm at Gasteig. Tickets cost from € 34.
• For something with a little less pomp, check out a concert by the Munich Chamber Orchestra at the Prinzregententheater at 6 pm. Featured works will include pieces by Mozart, Schubert and Lanner. Tickets cost from € 36.
• There will be some rousing stuff on offer at Silvester mit Blechschaden, when loveable Scot Bob Ross will entertain the audience with his musical tricks. The concert starts at 3 pm in Prinzregententheater. Tickets cost from € 34.60
• Or celebrate New Year Italian-style with Quadro Nuevo — a concert featuring a variety of tunes from Italy, to be performed at the Herkulessaal. The show starts at 3 pm and tickets cost from € 29.
• For a slightly different musical experience try Viva Voce—Germany’s boy band a cappella group will take to the stage at 3:30 pm at the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche (Residenz). Tickets cost from € 32.
• The original Glenn Miller Orchestra will guarantee a blast from the past with its show at the Herkulessaal der Residenz at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost from € 25.
• Last, but not least, you may prefer to check out the gala performance of the musical Aida, and attend the after-show party at the Deutsches Theater. Curtains go up 8 pm. Tickets cost from € 34.

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• The Bayerischer Hof Hotel will offer nine different parties featuring music ranging from rock and pop to swing and blues, as well as various dinner combinations. Prices start at € 88.50. Call Tel. 212 09 99 for more information.
• Münchner Ratskeller will present a swingin’ sixties New Year’s Eve ball with drinks, buffet and music by the Aristocats. Tickets start at € 115, Tel. 219 98 90
• The Künstlerhaus at Lenbachplatz will hold an operatic New Year’s Eve gala, with opera highlights and a five-course meal provided by chefs from the restaurant Lutter and Wegner. Prices start at € 77, Tel. 59 91 84 25
• The Mandarin Oriental will be offering three- and four-course festive menus, music and dance. Prices start at € 249. Call Tel. 29 09 80 to make reservations.
• At Hotel Königshof, check out the Silvester Souper and Gourmet Menus and an evening of music and dance. Prices start at € 145. Tel. 55 13 60
• The Park and City Hiltons are also running a series of different balls. Prices range from € 89 to € 134. Tel. 48 04 12 04 for information.
• For those who wish to spend New Year’s Eve away from the city, Alpenhof Murnau is offering a five- or seven-course meal with entertainment for € 145 and € 249, respectively. Call 08841 49 10 to make reservations.


• Muffatwerk will host A Night of Uplifting Club Sounds from 10 pm. Call 45 87 50 02 for details.
• At Substanz, DJ Schmocko will spin Soul, Funk, Beat, Reggae, Ska, Disco and Rock. Tickets cost € 5, doors open 10 pm. Tel. 721 27 49
• The Hard Rock Café will be rocking the New Year in with live music, a buffet and cocktails. Tickets cost € 60 per person. The party kicks off at 9:30 pm. Tel. 24 29 49 14
• Bop along to the Blue Box band at Alfonso’s Live Music Club. Tickets cost € 10. Tel. 91 64 43
• Party with Linda Jo Rizzo at Piazza Linda. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets cost € 70, including food and entertainment. Call 27 27 22 01 for details.
• Or head to the ever-popular Tollwood New Year’s party, featuring live music and DJs on four stages. Currently lined up to appear are, among others, the Spider Murphy Gang, Sorgente and DJ Pascha. The show starts at 8:30 pm and costs € 24 per person. Contact München Ticket to book.

Food for thought
If you prefer to spend New Year’s Eve enjoying a slap-up meal, don’t miss our suggestions in Bits ’n’ Bites on page 18.

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