Great Performances – "Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2012"

Air date: 08/31/2012

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2012 Led by Gustavo Dudamel Premieres on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, August 31 at 9 p.m. on PBS

The works of Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Debussy, Richard Strauss, Amilcare Ponchielli, Gerónimo Giménez and Johann Strauss II are featured on the traditional concert from Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace Gardens

Distinguished conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the fourth annual Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2012 concert to be telecast on Great Performances, Friday, August 31, at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This year’s theme revolves around “Dances & Waves,” as exemplified by the works of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Borodin, Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss, Amilcare Ponchielli, Gerónimo Giménez and Johann Strauss II.

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The outdoor concert under the stars in the magnificent baroque gardens of Imperial Schönbrunn Palace is free to thousands of attendees in Vienna, and serves the orchestra’s objective of making classical music accessible to a broad spectrum of concertgoers beyond its usual, core audience. Dancers of the Vienna State Opera Ballet join the orchestra for the celebration. The concert was recorded June 7.

The musical program is currently as follows:


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from the Opera “Eugene Onegin,” op. 24 


Alexander Borodin : Polovetsian Dances from the Opera “Prince Igor”


Claude Debussy: La Mer


Richard Strauss: Salome’s Dance from the Opera “Salome,” op. 54


Amilcare Ponchielli : Dance of the Hours from the Opera “La Gioconda”




Johann Strauss: Wiener Blut, Waltz, op. 354


Gerónimo Giménez: Intermezzo from the Zarzuela “La Boda de Luis Alonso”


Gustavo Dudamel was born in Venezuela in 1981. His career has been meteoric, and at the tender age of 31, he conducts and has conducted the world’s most prestigious orchestras.

He spearheads a most unusual project in his native country which, through classical music, brings together children and young people from all social backgrounds. Since 2009 he has also been musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Combining the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Venezuelan Simon Bolivar Orchestra, he recently established a record, performing Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, “Symphony of a Thousand,” with more than 1,000 musicians in Caracas. The event was broadcast worldwide in cinemas.

He originally planned to study the violin, but at the age of 12 his talent for conducting was spotted and thanks to Venezuela’s publicly financed voluntary sector music education program, “El Sistema,” he enjoyed his rise to fame.

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2012 is directed by Michael Beyer, with John Walker as producer. For Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2012, Sandra Marchart and Heidelinde Rudy are producers. For Great Performances, John Walker is producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, The Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, Vivian Milstein, Vera von Kuffner Eberstadt, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, public television viewers and PBS.  Exclusive corporate support for the concert is provided by Rolex.

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