The Vienna New Year's Concert
The Vienna New Year's Concert is an annual classical music concert on the first day of the year in Vienna, Austria. The event's tradition began as a radio concert and has continued every year. It is now televised live worldwide by Austrian broadcaster ORF and is also streamed online. It is broadcast by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and was first held in 1939. The concert has been hosted at the Musikverein since 1974. The concert is one of Europe's most famous classical music events and attracts 50 million people. It is broadcast live on radio and television to over 60 countries worldwide and has been sold to the United States by PBS since 1992.
The program includes classical and popular music pieces, many of which are Austrian folk songs that have been arranged for such performances; The program features classical music, waltzes, polkas, and marches from composers such as Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehár, Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, and Richard Wagner. It also includes musical pieces from operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi and excerpts from operettas by Franz Lehár or Jacques Offenbach.
The event has been described as "one of the most important musical events in Europe", and its success has led to similar programs taking place internationally, such as the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall and New Year's Eve concerts at Sydney Opera House.
The next date will be Sunday, 1 January 2023. The event will occur at the Musikverein in Vienna, a beautiful venue for classical music. The conductor for the evening is Peter Tchaikovsky, who the London Philharmonic Orchestra will join.
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