Vienna’s New Year’s Concert 2007 with Zubin Mehta

Maestro Zubin Mehta, who for decades has been a major international conductor and since 2001 an Honorary Member of the Vienna Philharmonic, will conduct the annual New Year’s Concert from the Musikverein in Vienna on January 1, 2007. It will be the fourth time, after 1990, 1995 und 1998, for Mehta to lead the orchestra in this special musical event.

The program features works of the Strauss family, as well as Josef Hellmesberger, Jr. Josef Strauss is particularly well-represented in this year’s New Year’s Concert, with his “Flattergeister Waltz”, “Moulinet Polka”, “Delirien Waltz”, “Irenen Polka”, “Matrosen Polka” and “Dynamiden Waltz”. Works by Johann Strauss (son) include the “Zivio!” March, die “Waldmeister” Overture, the waltz “Wo die Citronen blüh’n” and the polka mazurka “Stadt und Land”. From Johann Strauss (father) will be heard “Erinnerung an Ernst”, the “Furioso Gallop” and the “Einzugs Galopp”. Eduard Strauss is also on the program with the polka “Ohne Bremse”, as is Josef Hellmesberger jun. with his character piece, “Elfenreigen”. Six of these compositions appear for the first time on a Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert program.

Once again this concert will be broadcast live on television, so that millions of viewers around the world can also experience this traditional New Year’s greeting from Vienna. The locations for the performances by the ballet of the Vienna State Opera and Volksopera, with Lucia Lacarra and Cyril Pierre as guest soloists, will be Schloss Hof, recently restored to its original condition, and Schloss Schönbrunn. Responsible for the choreography is the former principal dancer of the Vienna State Opera, Christian Tichy. Brian Large is the camera director, and Agnes Meth is the director for the “Blue Danube” Waltz, which will be danced live.

Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic share many years of intensive artistic collaboration with one another. Even in his youth, Vienna was at the center of Mehta’s musical interest, having completed his education under Hans Swarovsky at the Music Academy and observed his future musical colleagues from the standing room in the Musikverein. In 1961, he conducted his first concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, and in 2001, after 40 years of artistic collaboration, as the orchestra’s longest serving conductor, he was awarded Honorary Membership in the Vienna Philharmonic.

As in the tradition of years past, the matinee performance on New Year’s Day will be preceded by the New Year’s Eve Concert and the Preview Performance on December 30th. As in past years, proceeds from the Preview Performance in the amount of euro 100,000 will be donated to charitable institutions, through “Licht ins Dunkel” to the Federal Institute for Deaf Education in Vienna, die Boje, Austrian Autistic Aid and the Emergency Aid to Austrian Women.

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