PBS Vienna New Year Concert 2022

Premieres Saturday, January 1 at 8 p.m. on PBS
Streaming for this program will begin Sunday, January 2
Great Performances continues its tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the world-famous Musikverein. Under the baton of Grammy-winning guest conductor Daniel Barenboim, the Vienna Philharmonic performs a selection of favorite Strauss family waltzes. The concert also features dances from the Vienna State Ballet performing on location at Schönbrunn Palace and its park grounds, as well as a performance by the world-famous Lipizzaner horses from The Spanish Riding School. Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2022 premieres Saturday, January 1 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS

Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2022 is part of #PBSForTheArts, a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America. For more than 50 years, PBS has been the media destination for the arts, presenting dance, theater, opera, visual arts and concerts to Americans in every corner of the country. Previous Great Performances programs include Romeo & Juliet from the National Theatre, The Arts Interrupted, San Francisco Reopening Night, and Coppelia. The collection of #PBSForTheArts programs is available at pbs.org/arts and the PBS Video app. Curated conversation and digital shorts are also available on PBS social media platforms using #PBSForTheArts.

Musical Selections:

Johann Strauss Jr. – “Overture to Die Fledermaus” (“Overture to ‘The Bat’”)
Johann Strauss Jr. – “Champagne Polka”
Carl Michael Ziehrer – “Night Revelers”
Johann Strauss Jr. – “Persian March”
Johann Strauss Jr. – “A Thousand and One Nights”
Eduard Strauss – “Greetings to Prague”
Joseph Hellmesberger Jr. – “Elves”*
Josef Strauss – “Nymph-Polka”*
Josef Strauss – “Harmony of the Spheres”

Johann Strauss Jr. – “At the Hunt”
Johann Strauss Jr. – “The Beautiful Blue Danube”
Johann Strauss Sr. – “Radetzky March”
* First performance at a New Year’s Concert


Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel)
Leopold Museum
Great Gallery at Schönbrunn Palace
Lamberthofer Costume Shop
The Lusthaus in the Prater Park
Winter Riding Hall
Spanish Riding School
Imperial Apartments at the Sisi Museum
“The 80s. Art of the Eighties” at Albertina Modern
Notable Talent:

Hugh Bonneville, host, actor, Masterpiece: Downton Abbey, “Downton Abbey,” “Downton Abbey: A New Era”
Daniel Barenboim, Grammy-winning guest conductor
Vienna State Ballet, performing from Schonbrunn
Noteworthy Facts:

This is conductor Daniel Barenboim’s third year conducting the New Year’s Concert, following concerts in 2009 and 2014.
This is Hugh Bonneville’s fifth consecutive year acting as host for the New Year’s Concert.
Hosted by Earl of Grantham “Downton Abbey” actor Hugh Bonneville, Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2022 follows the “Downton Abbey” film airing Saturday, December 25 on PBS.
The Vienna Philharmonic performs approximately 40 concerts in Vienna a year, among them the New Year’s Concert and the Summer Night Concert.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater Park, a favorite site on Vienna’s skyline.

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