Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019

Air date: 01/01/2019

Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019

 Hugh Bonneville returns as host of the annual PBS broadcast tradition from the heart of Austria

 Premieres Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on PBS and will be available to stream the following day on and PBS apps. (check local listings)



Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019 continues the long-time tradition of ringing in the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent 19th Century Musikverein music hall.  Under the baton of guest conductor Christian Thielemann, the concert features favorite Strauss Family waltzes, as well as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Vienna State Opera on the city’s famed Ringstrasse. Downton Abbey’s Earl of Grantham Hugh Bonneville returns as host.

The Vienna Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s program is the largest worldwide event in classical music, reaching millions of people annually through radio and television in over 80 countries. First broadcast in 1959, the concert has become a global New Year’s tradition.


Broadcast & Streaming Availability:

Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019 premieres Tuesday, January 1, 2018, 2:30-4:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with an encore performance 9:00-10:30 p.m. and on Friday, January 4 at 9-10:30 p.m.on PBS (check local listings). The broadcast will be available to stream the following day via and PBS OTT apps.

Music Selections

  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) –The Gypsy Baron, Overture
  • Josef Strauss –The Dancer, French Polka
  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) –Artists’ Life), Waltz
  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) – The Bayadere, Quick Polka
  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) –Eva Waltz
  • Eduard Strauss – Opern-Soiree
  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Csárdás from Knight Pasman
  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) –Egyptian March
  • Joseph Hellmesberger (Jr.)– Entr’act Waltz
  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) –In Praise of Women
  • Josef Strauss –Music of the Spheres), Waltz


  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) – On the Double!, Quick Polka
  • Johann Strauss (Jr.) –On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Waltz
  • Johann Strauss (Sr.) – Radetzky March


Short TV Listing

Ring in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein hosted by Hugh Bonneville.

Long TV Listing

Ring in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of conductor Christian Thielemann at the Musikverein. Hosted by Hugh Bonneville and featuring favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet.


Notable Talent:

Hugh Bonneville, host (best known as Robert, Earl of Grantham, in Masterpiece: Downton Abbey)

Christian Thielemann, conductor (principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, one of the world’s oldest orchestras)


Noteworthy Facts

  • The Vienna State Ballet performs a tribute to the Vienna State Opera, choreographed by emerging choreographer, Andrey Kaydanovskiy, as the Opera celebrates its 150th Anniversary.
  • While long associated with the orchestra, this is Christian Thielemann’s first appearance as conductor at the New Year’s concert.
  • Christian Thielemann began his professional career in 1978 as a rehearsal pianist at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In 1988, he moved to Nuremberg to become Germany’s youngest music director.
  • Christian Thielemann has been principal conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, and in 2013, he also became the artistic director of the Salzburg Easter Festival.


Locations visited by Hugh Bonneville

  • Grafenegg Castle, including the chapel, concert hall, and gardens
  • Musikverein
  • Vienna State Opera
  • Sofiensäle


Production Credits

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019 is a production of Wiener Philharmoniker and ORF in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. For Great Performances, John Walker and Richard R. Schilling are producers; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.



Major funding for Great Performances is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, Rosalind P. Walter, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, the Irene Diamond Fund, The Starr Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Phillip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Abra Prentice Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus and PBS. Exclusive corporate support for the concert is provided by Rolex.


Series Overview:

Great Performances is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. 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.


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Hugh Bonneville.

The Vienna Philharmonic. Credit: Terry Linke

The Vienna Philharmonic. Credit: Filip Waldmann

Christian Thielemann conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. Credit: Matthias Creutziger

Christian Thielemann conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. Credit: Matthias Creutziger

Hugh Bonneville. Credit: Thomas Jantzen.

Hugh Bonneville in Grafenegg. Credit: Thomas Jantzen.

Hugh Bonneville in Grafenegg. Credit: Thomas Jantzen.

Hugh Bonneville in Grafenegg. Credit: Thomas Jantzen.