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S50 Ep7

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2023

Premiere: 1/1/2023 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Celebrate the new year with this annual classical music celebration featuring waltzes by Strauss from the opulent Musikverein hosted by PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville.

About the Episode

Ring in the new year with Vienna Philharmonic’s annual concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Guest conducted for the third time by Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, the program features many selections never before played at these traditional concerts including works by Josef Strauss, Joseph Hellmesberger Jr., Johann Strauss Jr. and more. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returns as host for a sixth year. The broadcast also features performances by Vienna Boys and Girls Choirs and the Vienna State Ballet with choreography by Ashley Page. Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2023 premieres Sunday, January 1 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and streams the following day at and the PBS Video app.

Musical Selections:

  • Franz von Suppè – Overture to “Isabella”*
  • Josef Strauss – “Pearls of Love” Waltz*
  • Josef Strauss – “Angelica-Polka francaise”*
  • Eduard Strauss – “Up and Away” Quick Polka*
  • Josef Strauss – “Blithe Spirits” Polka*
  • Josef Strauss – “For ever Quick Polka”
  • Josef Strauss – “Siskins” Waltz*
  • Joseph Hellmesberger Jr. – “Bells Polka and Gallop”*
  • Josef Strauss – “Allegro fantastique” orchestral fantasy*
  • Josef Strauss – “Watercolors” Waltz
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – “Bandits Gallop”
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – “The Beautiful Blue Danube” Waltz
  • Johann Strauss Sr. – “Radetzky March”

* First performance at a New Year’s Concert


  • Augarten Palais, home of the Vienna Boys Choir
  • Theater in der Josefstadt
  • Lobmeyr Crystal, creators of the Musikverein and Met Opera’s iconic chandeliers
  • Melk Abbey, church, state rooms and library
  • The Garden Pavilion of Stift Melk of Melk Abbey
  • Hofcapella Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys Choir has performed for 525 years
  • Prater Ateliers, the only remaining buildings from the Vienna 1873 World’s Fair
  • Laxenburg Palace and Park

Notable Talent:

  • Hugh Bonneville, host, actor, Masterpiece: Downton Abbey, Downton Abbey and Downton Abbey: A New Era
  • Franz Welser-Möst, three-time Grammy-nominated guest conductor and Music Director of Cleveland Orchestra
  • Vienna Boys and Girls Choirs
  • Vienna State Ballet

Noteworthy Facts:

  • This is conductor Franz Welser-Möst’s third year conducting the New Year’s Concert. Previous concerts were in 2011 and 2013.
  • This is Hugh Bonneville’s sixth consecutive year acting as host for the New Year’s Concert.

Throughout its 50-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided 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. Showcasing a diverse range of artists from around the world, the series has earned 67 Emmy Awards and six Peabody Awards. The Great Performances website hosts exclusive videos, interviews, photos, full episodes and more. The series is produced by The WNET Group. Great Performances is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.


From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2023 is a production of Wiener Philharmoniker and ORF in association with The WNET Group. Great Performances is produced by The WNET Group. For Great Performances, John Walker is writer and producer, Bill Kabel is producer, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.



Corporate support for From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2023 is provided by Rolex. Series funding for Great Performances is provided by The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation,  Jody and John Arnhold, The Starr Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Jack Lawrence Trust,  Seton J. Melvin, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Leni and Peter May, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith, the Jack Lawrence Trust, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and Lorraine A. Egan and the late Richard T. Egan.


Great Performances whisks us off to Vienna, where you'll waltz into the New Year with Strauss, the Vienna Philharmonic and me, Hugh Bonneville, as your host, along with the Vienna State Ballet.

Tune in as we ring in the new year with Great Performances on PBS.


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