We may not be doing the countdown to midnight, but starting at 6PM tune in for nothing but great celebratory music right through to the end of New Year's Day!
From André Rieu and his orchestra performing Auld Lang Syne at midnight to a complete broadcast of the 2016 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert at 2PM on New Year's Day! Keep it tuned to Winnipeg's Classic 107 to get your 2017 kicked off right!
If you live in Vienna you might be one of the lucky ones who has a ticket to the Vienna Philharmonic's annual New Year’s Concert. This classical music concert takes place each year in the morning of New Year’s Day in Vienna Austria. It’s broadcast live around the world to an estimated audience of 50 million in up to 90 countries.
The music always features pieces from the Strauss family – Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss---with the occasional music from other mainly Austrian composers. The concert is usually made up of about a dozen compositions and encores at the end. They include waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and marches. Since the first New Year’s concert in 1939, some of the greatest conductors have stood at the podium with baton in hand. Clemens Krauss, Willi Boskovsky, Lorin Maazel, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim and more!
This year, Argentinian conductor Gustavo Dudamel will the honours for the first time. He becomes the youngest conductor in the 75 year history of the New Year's Concert.
On this New Year’s Day here on Classic 107, we’re going to listen to last year’s Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert- conducted by Mariss Jansons. The Latvian conductor is the chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Up until 2015, he was also the chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. This was Janson’s third time conducting the New Year’s Concert. He did it twice before in 2006 and 2012.
So tune in at 2PM and let Classic 107's Claudia Garcia de la Huerta, take you through the whole concert recorded live last year in Vienna!
From all of us here at Classic 107, thank you for making us a part of your lives. We wish you a happy and healthy 2017 filled with beautiful music! We look forward to bringing you even more great classical and jazz music in the new year!
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