Celebrate the New Year with Hugh Bonneville as he hosts the annual PBS show from the Musikverein in Austria. Premiers Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The show will be available to stream the following day on pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.
As the world welcomes a new decade, Great performance continues the tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the famous Vienna Musikverein. Under the baton of the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning guest conductor and Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra andris nelson, the concert highlights the talent of the Vienna State Ballet and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with beloved Strauss waltzes and more. Preferred PBS Hugh Bonneville (Masterpiece: Downton Abbey) returns as host for a third year, visiting the Musikverein Archive, which holds the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts in the world, the Beethoven Museum and other venues associated with the legendary composer in honor of his 250e birthday (December 17, 2020).
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs about 40 concerts in Vienna every year, including the New Year’s Concert and the Summer Night Schönbrunn Concert, which are broadcast in many countries around the world.
Broadcast and streaming availability
Great performance – From Vienna: The celebration of the New Year 2020 premieres Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The show will be available to stream the following day at pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.
Franz von Suppe – Opening of the light cavalry
Josef Strauss– Cupid Polka
Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Be embraced, you millions!Waltz
Edouard Strauss – frost flowerPolka
Josef Hellmesberger (Jr.) – Gavotte
Hans-Christian Lumbye – Postman gallop
Ludwig van Beethoven- Country Dance Selections
Johann Strauss (Jr.) – Enjoy lifeWaltz
Johann Strauss (Jr.) – ChatPolka
Josef Strauss– DynamidianWaltz
Johann Strauss (Jr.) –The beautiful blue DanubeWaltz
Johann Strauss (Sr.) – Mars Radetzky
From Vienna: New Year’s Eve 2020 is a Wiener Philharmoniker and ORF production in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. For Great performance, John Walker and Richard R. Schilling are producers; Bill O’Donnell is a series producer; David Horn is executive producer.
Significant funding for Great performance is provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, Rosalind P. Walter, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Seton J. Melvin, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Starr Foundation, The Phillip and Janice Levin Foundation, Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and PBS. Exclusive corporate support for the concert is provided by Rolex.
Overview of the series:
Throughout its more than 40-year history on PBS, Great performance has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in every performing arts genre, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. The series is available to stream simultaneously on all of the station’s branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view episodes through Passport (contact your local PBS station for details). Great performance is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.