From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 2:30pm

Photo:  Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic

Credit: Courtesy of © Terry Linke

Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the fourth time to host the festive annual New Year’s celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, from Vienna’s Musikverein. From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013, Great Performances presentation; featuring the infectious melodies of the Strauss Family and contemporaries, airs Tuesday, January 1 at 2:30 p.m. with an encore performance that evening at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

The venerable concert is the largest worldwide event in classical music, reaching more than a billion people annually through radio and television in 72 countries. The Vienna Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s program has showcased Viennese musical culture at the highest level, and since the first television broadcast in 1959, sent the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace. (The telecast has been a public television tradition on PBS since 1985.)