The New Year’s Concert by Vienna’s Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s most famous events in classical music. It takes place in the Great Hall of the Wiener Musikverein and is broadcasted to more than 90 countries. This means not only Austrians, but 50 million television viewers around the world are able to start their New Year with this concert. Each year the concert is conducted by a different well-renowned conductor.
New Year‘s Concert 2017
The latest New Year’s Concert took place on January 1, 2017. It was the 77th New Year’s concert and was conducted by Gustavo Dudamel . Traditionally, the programme consists of music from famous Austrian composers like Johann Strauß (Sohn), Josef Strauß, Eduard Strauß, Hans Christian Lumbye or Johann Strauß (Vater).
One very popular composition is the Radetzky March, which is always the last piece of music of the concert. It is especially popular among the audience because they may clap along under the conductor’s direction.
Tickets for the New Year’s Concert
Due to its extremely high popularity and demand for the concert, the tickets for this event are drawn by lot. This way everyone has the chance to participate in the concert. If you want to get yourself tickets for the New Year’s Concert 2018, you have to register at the website of the Vienna Philharmonics.
Ballet & Floral Decoration
The musical experience is accompanied by two further highlights: the first one is the floral decoration at the Great Hall of the Musikverein. Each year, florists apply up to 30.000 flowers. From 1980 until 2013 the flowers were a gift from the Italian city of Sanremo.
The second highlight consists of ballet interludes which are broadcasted for television viewers. Some of them are performed live and take place at popular Austrian places like Schönbrunn Palace or Schloss Hof.
If you would like to learn more about customs & traditions regarding the turn of the year, click here and plan your next New Year’s eve in Vienna.