Vienna Philharmonic Celebrates New Year's Day

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The Vienna Philharmonic marks the first day of 2005 with its famous New Year's Concert featuring Johann Strauss waltzes and other Viennese favorites.

The concert is watched by millions around the world on television; in the United States, it can be seen on PBS at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST (check local listings) as part of the Great Performances series.

This year's concert is conducted by Lorin Maazel, music director of the New York Philharmonic. Maazel leads the concert for the 11th time, on the 25th anniversary of his first New Year's Day appearance. Several tunes make their New Year's debuts, including Strauss's Indigo-March and Haute vol_e-Polka.

The Great Performances broadcast also includes performances by the Vienna State Opera Ballet with star dancer and choreographer Vladimir Malakhov, a video tour of the city's famous woods, and a feature about the creation of Viennese apfelstrudel.

Recordings of the New Year's Concert are perennial best sellers. This year's concert will be available from Deutsche Grammophon on CD on January 7 and on DVD on January 17.

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