- Presenter: Weiwuying
- Duration is 150 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.
- Age guidance 7+
On the first day of the new year, watch the global live broadcast of the 2024 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert with Weiwuying! Picking up the long tradition of New Year's concerts featuring the vast repertoire of the family of Johann STRAUSS, this year's program will be led by Christian THIELEMANN, performing at the Golden Hall in Vienna. THIELEMANN is currently the principal conductor of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the artistic director of the Salzburger Osterfestspiele. Since 2000, he has been performing with the Vienna Philharmonic and recorded many albums together. This year will be his second time leading the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert, with the last time having been 5 years ago, and it will be broadcast live in 90 countries simultaneously. There will be millions of listeners welcoming the first day of 2024 with the beautiful music. From 4 p.m. on January 1, Weiwuying will hold a wonderful opening concert in the Outdoor Theater, and the broadcast will start at 6 p.m.
Karel KOMZÁK II: Archduke Albrecht March, Op. 136
Johann STRAUSS Jr.: Viennese Bonbons, Op. 307
Johann STRAUSS Jr.: Figaro-Polka, Polka Française, Op. 320
Joseph Hellmesberger Jr.: For the Entire World, Waltz
Eduard STRAUSS: Without Brakes, Fast Polka, Op. 238
Johann STRAUSS Jr.: Overture to Woodruff
Johann STRAUSS Jr.: Ischler Waltz, Posth. Waltz No. 2
Johann STRAUSS Jr.: Nightingale-Polka. Op. 222
Eduard STRAUSS: The Mountain Spring, Polka Mazur, Op. 114
Johann STRAUSS Jr.: New Pizzicato Polka, Op. 449
Joseph HELLMESBERGER Jr.: 'Estudiantina-Polka' from The Pearl of Iberia
Carl Michael ZIEHRER: Citizens of Vienna. Waltz, Op. 419
Anton BRUCKNER: Quadrille, WAB 121 (Arr. by Wolfgang DÖRNER)
Hans Christian LUMBYE: Happy New Year!, Galop
Josef STRAUSS: Delirium, Waltz, Op. 212
Creative and Production Team
Host｜CHANG Chen-chieh, Karolyn KIEKE
Taiwan Adlib Band.
Since the 2012/2013 season Christian THIELEMANN has been Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. In 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to occupy the post of Generalmusikdirektor. In 1997 he returned to Berlin to direct the Deutsche Oper until 2004, when he became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, a post he held until 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, THIELEMANN has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, where the Staatskapelle served as resident orchestra, from 2013-22. In 2023, THIELEMANN was appointed to succeed Daniel Barenboim as General Music Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden beginning in the 2024/25 season.
THIELEMANN has enjoyed a close musical partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic since 2000 and conducted his first Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert in 2019. THIELEMANN leads the orchestra regularly in subscription concerts in the Vienna Musikverein, at the Salzburg Festival, and on tour in Asia, Europe, and the USA.
THIELEMANN is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary professor at Dresden's Carl Maria von Weber College of Music and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In May 2015 he received the Richard Wagner Prize from the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig, followed by the Prize of the Semperoper Trust in October 2016 and an honorary award of the state of Salzburg in April 2022. He is patron of the Richard-Wagner- Stätten in Graupa. His recordings have been showered with awards.
There is perhaps no other musical ensemble more closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. In the course of the past 177 years, this orchestra has experienced and influenced the course of musical history around the world. Even to this day, prominent soloists and conductors refer to the unique "Viennese Sound" as the outstanding quality that sets it apart from other orchestras.
This success story had its origins in the desire to found a symphony orchestra dedicated to the ideal of performing at the highest level the symphonies of the Viennese classical composers, particularly Ludwig van Beethoven. This artistic goal could only be implemented through the enthusiastic affirmation of the musicians of the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra, who in 1842 made the decision to present "Philharmonic Concerts", independently of their duties at the opera theater and within a framework of complete artistic and entrepreneurial autonomy. This produced a structure based on democratic principles in which all aspects of the decision-making process rest in the hands of the musicians themselves.
The inimitability of the orchestra's sound is also based on the singular relationship between the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. One of the orchestra's founding principles is that only a musician from the opera orchestra can become a member of the Vienna Philharmonic. The musicians are required to perform in both orchestras, and to this day, every future Philharmonic musician begins his or her career with an audition for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and only after a three-year waiting period becomes eligible for full membership in the Vienna Philharmonic.
Since 1870, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, with its unique aesthetic and acoustical characteristics, has proven to be the ideal venue for Vienna Philharmonic concerts. The orchestra's first foreign tour took place in 1900 with a concert tour to Paris under the baton of Gustav Mahler. Another memorable year was 1922, which saw not only the orchestra's first participation at the Salzburg Festival, but also the first overseas tour to South America. This marked the beginning of an active touring schedule which has taken the orchestra to all continents on the globe and in recent years has included regularly scheduled concerts in Germany, Japan, the USA and, in the future, China.
The orchestra has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. Since 2008, it has been supported by its exclusive sponsor ROLEX.
The Vienna Philharmonic performs approximately 40 concerts in Vienna annually, among them the New Year's Concert and the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, which are broadcast in numerous countries around the world. The orchestra also has an annual summer residency at the Salzburg Festival and performs more than 50 concerts a year on its international tours. All of these activities underscore the reputation of the Vienna Philharmonic as one of the world's finest orchestras.
Taiwan Adlib Band
Taiwan Adlib Band is a unique band in Taiwan that focuses on improvisation as their main axis. The band cleverly combines the sound of Chinese and Western instruments, playing original compositions and classical Chinese and Western tunes which brings a refreshing new experience for the audience. All members of the band are true native Taiwanese, their love for their land and hometown serves as a driving force for their creativity. Awarded as Outstanding Arts and Culture Team by New Taipei City Government in 2017 and 2022.