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30 December 2017

Television broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2018 with performance by members of the Vienna State Ballet pays tribute to Austrian history

On 1 January 2018, TV station 'ORF 2' will broadcast live from the Wiener Musikverein with footage from ballet performances filmed this year at historical places such at the imperial pavilion once built by architect Otto Wagner (he died one hundred years ago in 1918) for Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria at the public city-railway station Hietzing in Vienna. On occasion of the New Year's Concert and the ballet performance, the emperor's private pavilion with original Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) interior design will be opened for visitors from 1st January to 7th January 2018 (details). In this case, the New Year's Concert broadcast remembers the history of modern architecture - which characterizes until today Vienna, and the interplay of architecture and design with the city's infrastructure.

The producer of the live broadcasting, the Austrian public TV service ORF provides closer information about the programme such as that the Vienna State Ballet members Roman Lazik and Rebecca Horner (on view at the image below in front of the historical map of the city of Vienna which is part of the Art Nouveau interior from around 1900) will dance at the Otto Wagner Pavilion Hietzing to the 'Stephanie-Gavotte' by Alphons Czibulka in costumes designed by Spanish stage and costume designer Jordi Roig.

Yesterday at the ORF 2 news program 'ZIB 2', conductor Riccardo Muti introduced into the characteristic sound of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra which is according to the Italian maestro unique like the voice of a opera singer such as Callas or Pavarotti. The sound of the Vienna Philharmonic is described as non-aggressive, even not in louder passages; and when the music becomes dramatic, the sound carries still a certain melancholy.

Broadcasting dates:

  • ORF 2, 1 January 2018, 11:15 (live from the Wiener Musikverein)
  • 3Sat, 6 January 2018, 20:15

Photo: ORF/Günther Pichlkostner. (C) ORF.

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