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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2021 | Great Performances

Riccardo Muti conducting
Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography
Riccardo Muti.

Fri. Jan. 1 at 8:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Ring in 2021 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein hosted by Hugh Bonneville.Guest conductor Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic perform a festive selection of Strauss Family waltzes.

As the world eagerly bids farewell to 2020, Great Performances continues its beloved tradition. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville ("Masterpiece:" "Downton Abbey") returns as host for a fourth year with Riccardo Muti as guest conductor for the sixth time. The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra performs favorite waltzes by Strauss, and the celebration features the Vienna State Ballet dancing on location from notable Vienna landmarks. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Bonneville will host the concert remotely from England on location at Goodwood House, the country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, located north of Chichester.

Song List:

  • Franz von Suppe: "Poet and Peasant Overture"
  • Karl Komzak: "The Girls of Baden"*
  • Josef Strauss: "Margherita Polka"*
  • Johann Strauss Sr.: "Venetian Galop"*
  • Johann Strauss Jr.: "Voices of Spring, Waltz"
  • Johann Strauss Jr.: "In Krapfen's Woods, French Polka"
  • Johann Strauss Jr.: "New Melodies Quadrille"
  • Johann Strauss Jr.: "Emperor Waltz"
  • Johann Strauss Jr.: "Tempestuous in Love and Dance, Quick Polka Encores"
  • Johann Strauss Jr.: "Furioso Polka"
  • Johann Strauss Jr.: "The Blue Danube, Waltz"
  • Johann Strauss Sr.: "Radetzky March"

*First time performed at a Vienna Philharmonic New Year's concert
Throughout its more-than-40-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America's most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. The series is available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. PBS station members can view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details.)

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