Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2020
Ring in the New Year with Hugh Bonneville as he hosts the annual PBS broadcast from the Musikverein in Austria
Premieres Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The broadcast will be available to stream the following day on pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.
As the world welcomes a new decade, Great Performances continues the tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at Vienna’s famous Musikverein. Under the baton of three-time GRAMMY Award-winning guest conductor and Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons, the concert spotlights the talent of the Vienna State Ballet and the Vienna Philharmonic with beloved waltzes by Strauss and more. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville (Masterpiece: Downton Abbey) returns as host for a third year, touring Musikverein’s archives, which hold the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts in the world, the Beethoven museum and other locations associated with the legendary composer in honor of his 250th birthday (December 17, 2020).
The Vienna Philharmonic performs approximately 40 concerts in Vienna annually, among them the New Year’s concert and the Summer Night concert Schönbrunn, which are broadcast in numerous countries around the world.
Broadcast & Streaming Availability
Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2020 premieres Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The broadcast will be available to stream the following day on pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.
Franz von Suppé – Light Cavalry Overture
Josef Strauss – Cupid Polka
Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Be Embraced, You Millions!, Waltz
Edward Strauss – Frost Flower, Polka
Josef Hellmesberger (Jr.) – Gavotte
Hans Christian Lumbye – Postman Gallop
Ludwig van Beethoven – Selections of Contredanses
Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Enjoy Life, Waltz
Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Chit-chat, Polka
Josef Strauss – Dynamiden, Waltz
Johann Strauss (Jr.) –The Beautiful Blue Danube, Waltz
Johann Strauss (Sr.) – Radetzky March
Short TV Listing
Celebrate 2020 with the Vienna Philharmonic and host Hugh Bonneville at the Musikverein.
Long TV Listing
Celebrate 2020 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein. Under the baton of guest conductor Andris Nelsons and featuring the Vienna State Ballet, the orchestra will play the waltzes of Strauss. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returns as host.
- Hugh Bonneville, host, best known as Robert, Earl of Grantham, in Masterpiece: Downton Abbey
- Andris Nelsons, conductor, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and music director of Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra)
- This is the first time Andris Nelsons has conducted this annual concert event.
- Since beginning as music director of Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in February 2018, Andris Nelsons and the orchestra has completed a number of tours, including their first tour of Asia in May-June 2019, performing in Japan and China.
- Andris Nelsons began as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He went on to become music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2015, principal conductor of Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra from 2006-2009 and music director of Latvian National Opera 2003-2007.
Locations visited by Hugh Bonneville
- Musikverein, including their archives holding the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts in the world
- Beethoven Museum
- Theater an der Wein
- Austrian Theatre Museum at The Lobkowitz Palace
- Austria National Library
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2020 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, Seton J. Melvin, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Starr Foundation, The Phillip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and PBS. Exclusive corporate support for the concert is provided by Rolex.
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