Live from Vienna 2017 New Year's Day Concert


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Live from Vienna 2017

Petroc Trelawny hosts the classic start to the year where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are joined in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein by conductor Gustavo Dudamel.


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Welcome to the Musikverein for the climax

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of the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day Concert.

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A sunny, crisp and chilly start to the New Year.

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The place is as rich and glorious in its design and acoustic

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as a slice of Esterhazy Torte is in its taste and texture.

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The New Year's Day concert performance by the Vienna

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of the orchestra's 175th anniversary season,

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and also the New Year debut of Gustavo Dudamel,

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the Venezuelan musician, 35 years old,

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the youngest conductor ever to lead this annual concert.

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Well, Franz von Suppe was the father of Viennese operetta.

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Born in Split, now in Croatia, but once part

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who came to Vienna at 16 to study at the Conservatoire.

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He created more than 200 stage works,

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most of them relegated to dusty shelves,

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but the overture to Pique Dame, The Queen Of Spades,

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Gustavo Dudamel makes his way onto the platform.

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The Vienna Philharmonic rises to its feet

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MUSIC: Overture from the operetta Pique Dame

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The overture to Franz von Suppe's Pique Dame.

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Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

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Ballet has long been a popular part of the New Year's Day Concert,

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and this year we meet dancers from the Vienna State Ballet

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in the park of the Hermesvilla, built by the Emporer Franz Josef

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in an attempt to curb the wanderlust of his beloved wife Sisi.

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The music is a waltz from Der Schatzmeister,

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MUSIC: Hereinspaziert! by Carl M Ziehrer

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Gustavo Dudamel conducting the waltz 'Step Right Up'.

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From Der Schatzmeister by Carl Michael Ziehrer.

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The tale of an assessor working in a pawnbroker 's office.

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The Italian Renato Zanella, who was artistic director

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at the Vienna State Ballet for ten years, is the choreographer

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Singverein, an amateur chorus long associated with the orchestra.

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They are going to join the Vienna Philharmonic in

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the 'Moonrise' from Otto Nicholai's comic opera 'The Merry Wives

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Last year we marked the 400th anniversary

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of William Shakespeare's death - this year in Vienna the celebrations

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are for the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Vienna

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And Otto Nicholai was one of the three men who, in 1842,

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decided to found a professional orchestra in this city.

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Nicolai set out the rules, which survive to this day,

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the orchestra is self governing, players appoint the conductor,

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and divide the earnings amongst themselves.

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The Vienna Singverein and Philharmonic honouring

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Otto Nicholai, one of the orchestra's founders 175 years ago.

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Moonrise, from his opera 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'.

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Just a second to enjoy the flowers decorating the Golden Hall.

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30,000 blossoms, nurtured for today by the staff

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of Vienna's Municipal Department No 42 - which runs the city's

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The director keen to reflect on the rich colours of Venezuela,

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Deep pink and green flamingo flowers, cymbidia.

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MUSIC: Pepita-Polka by Johann Strauss II

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That was The Pepita Polka by Johann Strauss.

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Strauss honouring a famous Spanish dancer who came to Vienna.

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Strauss responding to events around him,

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as he did again in 1873 when the Rotunda opened for the 1873

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World Exhibition in Vienna - it had an English architect.

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Strauss wrote a quadrille in honour of the building.

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MUSIC: Rotunde-Quadrille by Johann Strauss II

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written by Strauss for the World's Fair of 1873.

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Alas, weeks of rainfall, a cholera epidemic,

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a stock-market crash and global economic crisis

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The rotunda was finally destroyed by a fire in 1937.

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A reminder that you can see the New Year's Day Concert

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Meanwhile, Radio 3 is preparing a bracing start to 2017

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celebrating the Second Viennese School,

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the modernists making their name here at the start

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of the 20th century - Webern, Berg and Schoenberg.

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Breaking Free: The Minds That Changed Music

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starts this afternoon on Radio 3 and runs all week.

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The famous Lipizzaner horses are one of the symbols of Vienna.

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We'll see them next as we visit the Spanish Riding School,

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accompanied by Strauss's waltz The Extravagants.

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By the way, they are not actually white horses, they are dark, they

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get progressively lighter grey each year.

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MUSIC: Die Extravaganten by Johann Strauss II

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Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Vienna Philharmonic

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in Johann Strauss Junior's waltz The Extravagants,

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His father now, and a galop he composed after a group

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of Indian classical dancers visited Vienna in the late 1830s.

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Received, it seems, with confused curiosity from the Viennese public.

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MUSIC: Indianer-Galopp by Johann Strauss

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The Indian Galop by Johann Strauss Senior.

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Working our way through the family, his middle son Josef next,

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a valley in southeastern Lower Austria,

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predominantly by Protestant timber workers.

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This is the polka, The Girl From Nasswald.

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MUSIC: Die Nasswalderin by Johann Strauss

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A man who can play the whistle and conduct at the same time.

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The Girl from Nusswald - by Josef Strauss.

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More dancing next this New Year's morning.

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You may have detected that the ballet we saw earlier

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Next though we have dancers actually with us here

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in the Musikverein - students of the Vienna State

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They are going to dance to a Polka Johann Strauss

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wrote for a party at his own Palace in Vienna's 4th District in 1888.

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A hundred guests, the last of whom didn't leave

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Maybe you can relate to that this morning.

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MUSIC: Auf zum Tanze! By Johann Strauss II

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A comedy role for one of the ushers here at the Musikverein,

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or maybe he was a costumed dancer.

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Strauss's first operetta was called

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The work rather struggled under an incredibly complicated storyline.

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But the waltz that emerged from the project,

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'A Thousand and One Nights', is considered one of Strauss's finest.

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MUSIC: Tausend und eine Nacht by Johann Strauss II

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Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

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Now, Vienna has museums filled with Old Masters,

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but it also has museums dedicated to globes, to funerals,

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all of which make the clock museum seem pretty mainstream.

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with Johann Strauss' Tik-Tak-Polka from Die Fledermaus.

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It's located in one of the oldest houses in the centre of the city,

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and it's home to around 4,000 clocks,

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MUSIC: Tik-Tak by Johann Strauss II

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That comes from Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus,

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one of the traditions of New Year in Vienna,

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on last night and again this evening,

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at the both the Volksoper and the Vienna State Opera,

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where Otto Schenk's lavish production gets another outing.

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Other New Year traditions here include the bells

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of the Stephansdom ringing out the old and in the new,

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loud fireworks across the city, pigs in porcelain,

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glass and marzipan to bring good luck,

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and Dinner For One on the television.

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Its punch line - "Same procedure as every year" -

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seems to rather reflect the continuity

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One member of the Strauss family missing until now.

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Eduard next, the youngest of the brothers,

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Who became conductor of the Strauss Orchestra in 1861,

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touring with them across two continents,

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and performing in 840 towns and cities.

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When he disbanded the orchestra in New York in 1901,

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the last work on the programme was the fast polka With Pleasure.

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MUSIC: Mit Vergnugen by Eduard Strauss

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Eduard Strauss's polka With Pleasure.

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The Vienna Philharmonic players and Maestro Dudamel

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And British too, designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood

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and her Austrian husband, Andreas Kronthaler,

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tailored in the elegant cut of Savile Row bespoke,

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a modern interpretation of the traditional tailcoat for men,

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get a short jacket inspired by a frock coat.

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The outfits making their first appearance on stage today.

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175 years of the Vienna Philharmonic,

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First heard in February 1867 at a ball in Leopoldstadt district,

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then performed with words sung by choir.

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The Austrian Mint has produced silver five euro coin to celebrate.

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Rather appropriate, as Strauss was paid one gold ducat

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A work that over the years has become an unofficial

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key to the New Year and this New Year's Day Concert.

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Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the director of the LA Philharmonic and

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the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela.

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MUSIC: An der schonen blauen Donau by Johann Strauss II

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Die Wiener Philharmoniker und ich wunschen Ihnen...

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MUSIC: An der schonen blauen Donau by Johann Strauss II

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The Blue Danube, by Johann Strauss Junior,

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This Orchestra, 175 years old this year.

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Gustavo Dudamel, at 35, the youngest conductor ever to lead

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There is one New Year tradition left.

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It was an Austrian Army Band who premiered Strauss Senior's

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Then it was the officers who clapped and stamped their heels

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Now the entire audience of the Musikverein beats something

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MUSIC: Radetzky-Marsch by Johann Strauss

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Great direction of the audience here from Gustavo Dudamel.

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The Radetsky March - by Johann Strauss Junior.

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And so 2017 is upon us, no stopping the clock or the calendar.

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As Walter Scott once said "Each age has deemed the new-born year

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Cheer may be in shorter supply than usual this New Year. But I hope the

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rich tradition of this concept has brought some joy. Julie Andrews

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presents this concert on American television. The audience may look

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well behaved but as soon as we go off air there will be something of a

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scrambled to grab the flowers. With many thanks to our colleagues

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at ORF and Eurovision - this is Petroc Trelawny bidding

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you farewell from Vienna and wishing Oh, my...

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Dai! Your gays have arrived.

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Petroc Trelawny is our host for the traditional classic start to the year where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are joined in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein by the exuberant and exhilarating Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel for the 2017 New Year's Day Concert Live from Vienna.

Gustavo Dudamel is the youngest ever conductor to lead the orchestra in their annual celebration of the music of the Strauss family and their contemporaries and he brings his individual and exciting style to the proceedings. As well as a mix of the finest galops, polkas and waltzes, the concert ends, as always, with the beloved By the Beautiful Blue Danube and the stirring Radetzky March.

The concert is broadcast in over 90 countries with an estimated 50 million television viewers around the world and for 2017 there is not only the customary appearance by the Vienna State Ballet - this year performing both on location and live inside the Musikverein - but also a performance by the Choir of the Society of the Friends of Music. Founded in 1858, this amateur chorus is consistently ranked among the best concert choirs in the world.