Julie Andrews hosts PBS’ From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration

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Julie Andrews hosts PBS’ From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration
A still from the ballet scenes. Photo: ORF

Oscar winning actress Julie Andrews will once again host the annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic for American broadcaster PBS.


Andrews starred in the 1965 film of the musical The Sound of Music, which was shot in Salzburg and went on to win five Oscars.

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2017, featuring the melodies of the Strauss family and their contemporaries in Vienna's Musikverein concert hall, will air on PBS' Great Performances on January 1st, 2017, at 2:30pm ET on WNET/Thirteen with an encore performance that evening at 7:30pm.

The charismatic Venezuelan composer and violinist Gustavo Dudamel is conducting the concert for the first time. The Vienna Singverein concert choir and the soloists of the Vienna State Ballet also feature in the event, which marks the 175th anniversary year of the Vienna Philharmonic and its founding conductor Otto Nicolai.

The filming of this year's ballet scenes was done at the Hermesvilla in Vienna’s Lainzer Tiergarten - the former imperial hunting grounds.

Andrews, who is hosting the evening for her eighth time, said: “I love coming to this wondrous city each year with its rich history, beautiful sights and its glorious musical contributions to the world, especially those by the Strauss family.”

35-year-old Dudamel is the youngest ever conductor of the New Year’s concert. In Austria, the concert is broadcast live on ORF television (ORF 2) and Ö1 radio, at 11.15am on January 1st. It will also be live streamed at

17 HD cameras are used to film the classical music event, which is broadcast to around 50 million viewers in more than 90 countries.

As well as works from the Strauss Family, the programme also features music by Otto Nicolai, Franz von Suppé, Émile Waldteufel, Carl Michael Ziehrer, and Franz Lehár.




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