The European Broadcasting Union has a 5-year distribution agreement with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under which it acquired TV and radio broadcast rights for a package of three classical concerts per year. EBU Members in over 40 territories subscribe to this package. More than double that number outside the EBU area also broadcast the annual New Year's Day Concert.
Broadcast live from the ornate Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, the New Year’s Day Concert is one of the most sought-after TV properties in the world, achieving staggering market shares of over 40% in a number of territories and reaching over 20 million viewers in Europe alone.
The orchestra performs a different musical programme every year with works from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries under the baton of the world’s most prestigious conductors.
The 2019 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert will take place under the baton of Christian Thielemann and be seen in over 90 countries, thanks to the Eurovision and Euroradio networks,.
Thielemann, the Principal Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle and Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, has been a musical partner of the Vienna Philharmonic since 2000. The New Year's Concert 2019 represents Thielemann's first time conducting this prestigious international concert event.
There's more details about this year's event and all the participants from ORF here.
Carl Michael Ziehrer: Schönfeld Marsch, op. 422
Josef Strauss: Transactionen. Walzer, op.184
Josef Hellmesberger, Jr:. Elfenreigen, o. op.
Johann Strauss, Jr: Express. Polka schnell, op. 311 / Nordseebilder. Walzer, op. 390
Eduard Strauss: Mit Extrapost. Galopp, op. 259
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Johann Strauss, Jr: Ouvertüre zur Operette "Der Zigeunerbaron"
Josef Strauss: Die Tänzerin. Polka française, op. 227
Johann Strauss, Jr: Künstlerleben. Walzer, op. 316 / Die Bajadere. Polka schnell, op. 351
Eduard Strauss: Opern-Soiree. Polka française, op. 162
Johann Strauss, Jr: Eva-Walzer. Nach Motiven aus "Ritter Pásmán" / Csárdás aus „Ritter Pásmán“, op. 441 / Egyptian March, op. 335
Josef Hellmesberger, Jr: Entr'acte Valse
Johann Strauss, Jr: Lob der Frauen. Polka mazur, op. 315
Josef Strauss: Sphärenklänge. Walzer, op. 235
The second concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra package is the annual Summer Night Concert, an outdoor production from the gardens of Vienna’s picturesque Schönbrunn Castle that attracts a live audience of over 100,000, in addition to several million TV viewers. Like the New Year’s Day concert, TV production is by Austrian EBU member ORF, and the concert is carried to audiences around the world via the Eurovision satellite network.
Take a look at the 2018 Concert Programme.
On 11 November 2018 the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra gave a special concert to mark the end of the centenary of World War One, the beginning of which the orchestra marked with its major concert in Sarajevo in 2014.
The VPO performed under the baton of Maestro Franz Welser-Möst, who created a special musical programme with a strong narrative reflecting on the occasion. The concert featured internationally renowned pianist Yuja Wang who performed Ravel’s ‘Piano Concerto for the Left Hand’, and the Choeur de Radio France and a quartet of international vocal soloists drawn from territories involved in the Great War. The full musical programme is below.
Directed for television by renowned director Andy Sommer, the programme featured short introductory film segments allowing commentators in each territory to elaborate the narrative for their audiences.
Co-produced by France Télévisions and ZDF (Germany) the concert was staged at the Opéra Royal de Versailles and will feature prominently in the global commemorations of this major and complex historical anniversary.