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Premieres Saturday January 1, 2022 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday January 2 at 2 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

GREAT PERFORMANCE continues its tradition of ringing the new year with the host Hugues Bonneville and the Vienna Philharmonic world famous Musikverein. Under the baton of the Grammy-winning guest conductor Daniel Barenboim, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs a selection of the Strauss family’s favorite waltzes. The concert also includes dances from the Vienna State Ballet play on site at Schönbrunn Palace and its park, as well as a show of the famous Lipizzaner horses of The Spanish Riding School.

Courtesy of Nikolay Krusser

Grammy-winning conductor Daniel Barenboim

Musical selections:

  • Johann Strauss Jr. – “Overture to Die Fledermaus” (“Overture to ‘The Bat'”)
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – “Champagne Polka”
  • Carl Michael Ziehrer – “Party people of the night”
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – “Persian March”
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – “A Thousand and One Nights”
  • Eduard Strauss – “Greetings to Prague”
  • Joseph Hellmesberger Jr. – “Elves”
  • Josef Strauss – “Nymph-Polka” (1st performance at a New Year’s concert)
  • Josef Strauss – “Harmony of the Spheres” (1st performance at a New Year’s concert)


  • Johann Strauss Jr. – “On the Hunt”
  • Johann Strauss Jr. – “The Beautiful Blue Danube”
  • Johann Strauss Sr. – “Radetzky March”
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Courtesy of Terry Linke

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

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Premieres Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) on PBS, and On Demand the next day at and the PBS video app.

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A production of Wiener Philharmoniker and ORF in association with The WNET group. GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by the WNET group. For GREAT PERFORMANCES, John Walker and Julie Leonard are producers, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.


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