The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Ballet return for the beloved annual tradition against the joyful backdrop of the picturesque city
Nov. 27, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stage and screen legend
returns for the fourth time to host the festive annual
celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of
's Musikverein. This is
second time at the podium of this much cherished event; the last was 2011.
From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013
, featuring the infectious melodies of the Strauss Family and contemporaries, will air live on
Tuesday, January 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on PBS
(check local listings) with an encore performance that evening at
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The venerable concert is the largest worldwide event in classical music reaching over a billion people annually through radio and television in 72 countries. The Vienna Philharmonic's traditional
program has showcased Viennese musical culture at the highest level, and since the first television broadcast in 1959, sent the world a
greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace. (The telecast has been a public television tradition on PBS since 1985.)
The opportunity of Andrews celebrating
has become a most pleasurable tradition. "I'm so delighted to return to
at this magical time of year. This enchanting city never ceases to take my breath away with its fairytale beauty and grace and history. The Strauss waltzes provide a most delectable soundtrack to the visual delights that surround me there."
She has been a frequent and luminous presence on
, starting with "An Evening with
Alan Jay Lerner
" (1989); "
in Concert" (1990); "Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II" (1995); "Back on Broadway" which spotlighted her return to the Great White Way in "Victor/
" (1995); "Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of
" (1998); "
My Favorite Broadway
: The Leading Ladies" (1999); its follow-up "
My Favorite Broadway
: The Love Songs" (2001); and the restoration of the classic 1957 "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" (2004). She also hosted the Emmy Award-winning series
Broadway: The American Musical
in 2004. Andrews will soon be featured in the celebration of
anniversary, currently planned to air in spring/summer 2013.
At press time, the musical program was scheduled to run as follows: