Great Performances presents From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009

Thu, 01/01/2009 - 8:00pm
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Daniel Barenboim leads the Vienna Philharmonic

Monika Ritterhaus

Great Performances presents From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009 airing at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1).
Continuing its holiday tradition, Great Performances returns to the stately splendor of Vienna’s Musikverein for its celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic. Daniel Barenboim leads a rousing program of Strauss Family favorites, including the breathless Eljen a Magyar polka, the Radetsky March, and the beloved Blue Danube Waltz, in addition to festive ballets danced by the Vienna State Opera Ballet. This year also will mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn, whose more than 100 symphonies and 68 string quartets laid the groundwork for the 18th-century classical style and served to inspire the countless musical minds who came after him, including Mozart and Beethoven. To honor “Papa Haydn,” the Philharmonic will perform the composer’s masterful Symphony No. 45, the “Farewell,” as a tribute to his enduring legacy. Julie Andrews hosts.