Stage and screen star Julie Andrews will once again host the annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, from Vienna's Musikverein.
From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2017, featuring the melodies of the Strauss Family and their contemporaries, will air on PBS' Great Performances January 1, 2017, at 2:30 PM ET on WNET/Thirteen with an encore performance that evening at 7:30 PM; check local listings.
Maestro Dudamel is conducting the concert for the first time. The Vienna Singverein (Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde) concert choir and the soloists of the Vienna State Ballet return for the gala evening, which marks the 175th anniversary year of the Vienna Philharmonic and its founding conductor Otto Nicolai.
The filming of this year's ballet scenes was done at the Hermesvilla in Vienna. Andrews, who is hosting the evening for her eighth time, said in a statement, “I love coming to this wondrous city each year with its rich history, beautiful sights and its glorious musical contributions to the world, especially those by the Strauss family. As a proud Board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, I am especially thrilled that our talented and charismatic maestro, Gustavo Dudamel, will be conducting this year's program.”
From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2017 is produced by Karin Veitl and directed by Michael Beyer, with John Walker as producer/writer. For Great Performances, John Walker and Richard R. Schilling are producers; Bill O'Donnell is series producer; and David Horn is executive producer.