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S47 Ep13

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2020

Premiere: 1/1/2020 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Celebrate 2020 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein. Under the baton of guest conductor Andris Nelsons and featuring the Vienna State Ballet, the orchestra will play the waltzes of Strauss. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returns as host.

About the Episode

Ring in the New Year with Hugh Bonneville as he hosts the annual PBS broadcast from the Musikverein in Austria. Premieres Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The broadcast will be available to stream the following day on and the PBS Video app.


As the world welcomes a new decade, Great Performances continues the tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at Vienna’s famous Musikverein. Under the baton of three-time GRAMMY Award-winning guest conductor and Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons, the concert spotlights the talent of the Vienna State Ballet and the Vienna Philharmonic with beloved waltzes by Strauss and more. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville (Masterpiece: Downton Abbey) returns as host for a third year, touring Musikverein’s archives, which hold the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts in the world, the Beethoven museum and other locations associated with the legendary composer in honor of his 250th birthday (December 17, 2020).

The Vienna Philharmonic performs approximately 40 concerts in Vienna annually, among them the New Year’s concert and the Summer Night concert Schönbrunn, which are broadcast in numerous countries around the world.

Broadcast & Streaming Availability

Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2020 premieres Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The broadcast will be available to stream the following day on and the PBS Video app.

Music Selections

Franz von Suppé – Light Cavalry Overture

Josef Strauss – Cupid Polka

Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Be Embraced, You Millions!, Waltz

Edward Strauss – Frost Flower, Polka

Josef Hellmesberger (Jr.) – Gavotte

Hans Christian Lumbye – Postman Gallop

Ludwig van Beethoven – Selections of Contredanses

Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Enjoy Life, Waltz

Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Chit-chat, Polka

Josef Strauss – Dynamiden, Waltz


Johann Strauss (Jr.) –The Beautiful Blue Danube, Waltz

Johann Strauss (Sr.) – Radetzky March

Production Credits

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2020 is a production of Wiener Philharmoniker and ORF in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. For Great Performances, John Walker and Richard R. Schilling are producers; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.


Major funding for Great Performances is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, Rosalind P. Walter, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Seton J. Melvin, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Starr Foundation, The Phillip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and PBS. Exclusive corporate support for the concert is provided by Rolex.

Series Overview:

Throughout its more than 40-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. The series is available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details). Great Performances is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.,, @GPerfPBS #GreatPerformancesPBS


Let 'Great Performances' waltz you off to Vienna, where we usher in a New Year with the music of Strauss and more.

I'm Hugh Bonneville, join me, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna State Ballet, and the maestro for our annual New Year's Celebration from Vienna.

From all of us at 'Great Performances,' we wish you a Happy New Year!


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