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More Info:Since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic s New Year s Concert has become a tradition and the world s most famous classical music event. The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic s New Year s Concerts reads like a veritable who s who of great maestros: Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti to name a few. For the New Year s Concert 2016 world-renowned conductor Mariss Jansons returns to the podium for the third time for this extraordinary event. Ever since their first concert together in 1992, Mariss Jansons has belonged to the circle of conductors with whom the Vienna Philharmonic feels a special bond. His first New Year s Concert in 2006 was widely acclaimed by both audiences and the media. Jansons won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Orchestral Performance and ECHO Klassik honored him in 2007 as Conductor of the Year.
The Vienna Philharmonic s New Year s Concert is unique and has often been imitated, but not equaled, with a live broadcast on television in over 90 countries around the world with over 40 million viewers. PBS aired the 2015 concert on over 181 stations and will broadcast the 2016 concert nationally. The repertoire for the New Year s Concert features works by members of the Strauss Family Johann Strauss, father and son, as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss. Old favorites from their works are played alongside others that have never been recorded or are rarely heard. All of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert, The Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.