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Julie Andrews Returns As Host Of From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013, This Year Conducted By Franz Welser-Most, On THIRTEEN's Great Performances Tuesday, January 1 At 2:30 And 8 P.m. ET On PBS

Josef Strauss Music of Spheres, Waltz, op. 235

Richard Wagner Prelude to Act III of "Lohengrin"

Josef Hellmesberger In Confidence, Polka mazur, op.15

Josef Strauss Hesperus' Paths, Waltz, op. 279

Josef Strauss Runners Quick Polka, op.237

Joseph Lanner Styrian Dances op. 165

Johann Strauss Melodies Quadrille

Johann Strauss Where the Lemon Trees Bloom, Waltz, op. 364

Johann Strauss Sr. Memories of Ernst or The Carnival of Venice, Fantasy, op. 126

Josef Strauss Chatterbox, Quick Polka, op. 245

Johann Strauss The Blue Danube Waltz, op. 314

Johann Strauss Sr. Radetzky March, op. 228

As is customary with these broadcasts, Ms. Andrews will travel from her home base in the Musikverein hall itself to visit multiple picturesque Vienna landmarks: a typical Syrian inn (telling of the rural traditions of the heartland of Austria); The State Hall, the magnificent 18 th century central rotunda of the old imperial library, now known as the National Library; and Prince Eugene's beautiful Baroque rural palace, Schloss Hof (where the two ballets in the program take place).

She also interviews Maestro Welser-Most on the celebrations for the milestone anniversaries of the two musical giants of the 19 th century – Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) – and the pieces chosen to honor them during the evening. It happens that Johann Strauss was a champion of both, and actually played their music before it was heard in the opera house.

Since September 1st 2010, Franz Welser-Most has been the Musical Director of the Vienna State Opera having made his debut at the opera house in 1987.

Franz Welser-Most has been music director at The Cleveland Orchestra since 2002. His contract will take him up to the orchestra's centenary in 2018. Franz Welser-Most and the orchestra work closely together with Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Lucerne Festival.

Between 1995 and 2002 Franz Welser-Most was the chief conductor at the Zurich Opera House, becoming the general music director in 2008. It was here where he conducted more than 40 premieres, many of which have been released on DVD.

He regularly appears as a guest conductor for the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischen Rundfunk's Symphony Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and has also conducted the most prominent orchestras in the USA. Franz Welser-Most has close ties with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra having led the Summer Night's Concert in 2010 (broadcast on Great Performances ). 

The Vienna State Ballet is the new name for the Vienna State Opera Ballet and since the name change on September 1st, the company has been directed by Manuel Legris. It provides the ensembles at both the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Volksoper.

For the first time a British choreographer, Ashley Page, has assumed that role at the New Year's celebration. Page, who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London, has been the Scottish Ballet's artistic director for the last ten years.

On January 4 th, Sony Classical will release the live recording exclusively through Arkiv Music and via Amazon.com's CreateSpace's Disc on Demand service as well download through all major digital service providers, followed by a nationwide CD release on January 22 nd, and DVD and Blu-ray on February 5 th.

Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, Vivian Milstein, Vera von Kuffner Eberstadt, The Starr Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, and the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, public television viewers, and PBS.  Exclusive corporate support for the concert is provided by Rolex.

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013 is produced by Heidelinde Rudy, and directed by Karina Fibich, with John Walker as producer/writer. For Great Performances , John Walker and Richard R. Schilling are producers; Bill O'Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.

About WNET In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50 th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York's flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.

SOURCE THIRTEEN/WNET

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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