Julie Andrews to Again Host Vienna New Year’s Celebration
By: Ellis Nassour
Julie Andrews returns for the fifth time to host the annual New Year’s celebration From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014, with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, airing live on PBS Great Performances January 1 from Musikverein Hall at 2:30 P.M., with an encore telecast at 8 P.M. The concert, the 30th to be presented on PBS, features the Strauss Family melodies and tunes of their contemporaries.
The completely restored Stadtpalais Liechtenstein [City Palace] will be the ovides the setting for Vienna State Ballet’s interludes, choreographed by Ashley Page under the direction of Manuel Legris. The corps will wear costumes designed by Vivienne Westwood.
The concert is the largest worldwide event in classical music reaching radio and TV audiences in over 80 countries. Miss Andrews will continue her tradition of visiting picturesque Vienna landmarks, this year, including Stadtpalais Liechtenstein, Augarten’s Porcelain Museum, the 900-year-old Klosterneuburg Abbey, and Sigmund Freud Museum.
Sony Classical will release the live recording via digital download, followed by a CD release on January 21, and DVD and Blu-ray sets on February 4.
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014 is produced by Heidelinde Rudy, and will be directed by Michael Beyer, with John Walker as producer/writer. Visit Great Performances at www.pbs.org/gperf for more information.
Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Rosalind P. Walter, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Starr Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, and Vera von Kuffner Eberstadt, PBS, Rolex, and viewers like you.