PRESS RELEASE published on 17 Dec 2014

New Year's Concert: Countdown to Vienna Philharmonic EBU broadcast

(VPO/Terry Linke)

World renowned conductor Zubin Mehta will lead the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) in the annual New Year's concert which will be broadcast by the EBU community.  More than 50 million people around the world are expected to tune in to this annual celebration.

The performance at Vienna’s Musikverein Concert Hall will be broadcast in more than 90 countries as the centrepiece of a Eurovision TV and radio distribution agreement that runs until 2017 comprising three classical concerts exclusive to EBU Members.  

A high definition recording of the 75th annual New Year's Concert will be transmitted by Austrian public broadcaster and EBU Member ORF, and distributed globally on the EBU’s Eurovision and Euroradio satellite and fibre networks.

The co-production places Zubin Mehta, an Honorary Member of the Vienna Philharmonic, into an elite category of concertmasters. This will be Mr Mehta's fifth appearance on the podium for the New Year’s Concert, following Willi Boskovsky, Clemens Krauss and Lorin Maazel.

The two-hour long transmission will include compositions by Franz von Suppé, Johann Strauss, Jr., Josef Strauss, Eduard Strauss, Hans Christian Lumbye, Johann Strauss, senior, as part of the long-held Philharmonic New Year tradition to present a programme from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries.

EBU Head of Media Annika Nyberg Frankenhauser says the EBU is proud to be the medium through which the event is distributed globally.

“For millions of Europeans and indeed, audiences around the world, this much anticipated event is both a moment to look back on the year just passed and ahead to the year freshly begun, framed by a musical programme which is both lively and nostalgic,” Ms Nyberg said. “This is the role of public broadcasters – to invite reflection, to give context and depth, to help us find perspective.”

Like last year, the event be complimented by video inserts of ballet performed by the Vienna State Ballet and choreographed for the second year in a row by Italian Davide Bombana.