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GREAT PERFORMANCES: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2021

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Benedikt Dinkhauser
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stream or tune in Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Ring in the New Year with GREAT PERFORMANCES And Hugh Bonneville!

As the world eagerly bids farewell to 2020, GREAT PERFORMANCES continues its beloved tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the world-famous Musikverein.

PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville (DOWNTON ABBEY On MASTERPIECE) returns as host for a fourth year with Riccardo Muti as guest conductor for the sixth time.

Riccardo Muti
Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography
Riccardo Muti

The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra performs favorite waltzes by Strauss, and the celebration features the Vienna State Ballet dancing on location from notable Vienna landmarks.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Bonneville will host the concert remotely from England on location at Goodwood House, the country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, located north of Chichester.

Song List:

  • Franz von Suppé – Poet and Peasant Overture
  • Karl Komzák – The Girls of Baden*
  • Josef Strauss – Margherita Polka*
  • Johann Strauss Sr. – Venetian Galop*
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – Voices of Spring, Waltz
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – In Krapfen’s Woods, French Polka
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – New Melodies Quadrille
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – Emperor Waltz
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – Tempestuous in Love and Dance, Quick Polka


  • Johann Strauss Jr. – Furioso Polka,
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – The Blue Danube, Waltz
  • Johann Strauss Sr. – Radetzky March

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Premieres nationwide Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 at 9 p.m. . The broadcast streams Saturday, January 2 on and the PBS Video App.

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A production of Wiener Philharmoniker and ORF in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. For GREAT PERFORMANCES: John Walker is producer, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.