About the Concert

With conductor Franz Welser-Möst at the helm, the Vienna Philharmonic returns to the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace for the orchestra’s annual summertime celebration in Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2010, premiering on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Wednesday, August 25 at 8pm on PBS (check local listings).

Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG – one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. The musical highlights of Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2010 underscore the Palace’s majestic surroundings and explore the theme of “Moon, Planets and Stars,” with selections from silver screen composer John Williams’ theme from “Star Wars,” Johann Strauss’ “Viennese Spirit Waltz,” Josef Strauss’ “Off on Holiday! Quick Polka” and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” The evening’s program also includes a performance of Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 by Yefim Bronfman.

Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, Vivian Milstein, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, public television viewers, and PBS. Exclusive corporate funding for this telecast is provided by Rolex. Major support for the telecast is also provided by The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund and Vera von Kuffner Eberstadt. For Great Performances, John Walker and Cara Cosentino are producers; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.