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From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2009
Posted: December 30th, 2008
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Stage, screen and recording legend Julie Andrews rings in the new year as the host of the annual holiday celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic. In the stately splendor of Vienna’s Musikverein, Daniel Barenboim leads a rousing program of Strauss favorites, including the breathless “Eljen a Magyar” polka, the “Radetzky March” and the beloved “Blue Danube” waltz. This year also will mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn, whose more than 100 symphonies and 68 string quartets laid the groundwork for the 18th-century classical style and served to inspire the countless musical minds who came after him, including Mozart and Beethoven. To honor “Papa Haydn,” the Philharmonic will perform the fourth movement of the composer’s masterful Symphony No. 45, the “Farewell,” as a tribute to his enduring legacy.

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