New Years Concert Vienna Philharmonic at Musikverein Golden Hall

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The New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most famous New Year's concerts in the world, which consists mainly of musical works of the Strauss dynasty.

In addition to the main concert on January 1, there are concerts on December 30 and 31.

Vienna Concert New Year 2022/2023

Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Vienna Boys Choir

New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Vienna Boys Choir


Registration for the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra draw (every year from 2.01. to 28.02.):

The New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is the most famous New Year's concert in the world, consisting mainly of the works of the Strauss musical dynasty. In addition to the main concert on January 1, there are also concerts on December 30 and 31.

Born in a dark period of Austrian history, New Year's concerts reflect people's hope for better times. Today, this music brings joy and optimism for the whole year and excites millions of people around the world to the core.

For many decades, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has presented its audience with an interesting program with a rich repertoire of the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries. You can not only enjoy this concert live by visiting the Vienna Philharmonic, but also live: at present, the New Year's Concert is broadcast in 92 countries of the world, which indicates a high level of popularity of the concert and awareness of listeners both at home and abroad.

The performance always includes compositions from the Strauss musical dynasty: Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss, as well as additional compositions by other Austrian composers, including Josef Hellmesberger Jr., Joseph Lanner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Otto Nicolai (founder of the Vienna Philharmonic), Emil von Reznicek, Franz Schubert, Franz von Suppé, Carl Michael Zicher. In 2009, the compositions of Joseph Haydn were performed for the first time: "Farewell Symphony" in honor of the 200th anniversary of his death. During the concert, more than a dozen compositions are performed between works and for encores: waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, marches. For an encore, a fast polka is often performed. The second most popular is the waltz of Johann Strauss II "The Blue Danube" (Johann Strauss Jr., Op 314, 1867), the performance of which is usually interrupted by thunderous applause and New Year's greetings from musicians addressed to the audience. In the final part of the concert, the Radetzky March is traditionally played (Johann Strauss I, Op 228, 1848). During the performance of the Radetzky March, the audience traditionally applauds to the rhythm of the conductor's baton. In 2005, the Radetzky March was not performed due to the commemoration of the victims of the December 26, 2004 tsunami in Asia.

The duration of the concert is approximately two and a half hours.

Concerts have been held in the "Great Hall" (better known as the "Golden Hall") of the Vienna Philharmonic since 1939. At a certain time during the second part of the program, the dancers of the Vienna State Opera Ballet join the orchestra, who at other times perform at various well-known concerts in Austria: in the Schönbrunn Palace, the Esterhazy Palace-Castle, the Vienna State Opera House. In 2011 florists decorated the concert hall with 30 thousand flowers. Since 1980, the flowers that decorate the hall have been a gift from the Italian city of San Remo, Liguria region.

The Austrian television channel ORF has been broadcasting the New Year's Concert live since 1959. Since 1969, broadcasting has been done in color. Episodes of the concert are often included in various plots and pictures. For TV viewers, a live performance of a ballet at Schönbrunn Castle is also broadcast. For the first time in 2007, the ballet was filmed in the baroque courtyard gardens of the castle, performed by dancers from the Vienna State Ballet, and earlier by dancers from the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Volksoper, the Bavarian State Opera, as well as other famous guest stars.

Since 2008, the concert for the Austrian audience has been commentated by Barbara Rett, who replaced Ernst Grizesman, who worked as a commentator for the New Year's concert for 25 years. Another innovation occurred in 2010, when the ORF channel for the first time broadcast a concert in HD quality and on the Internet. Special ballet costumes were designed for this concert by Valentino.

Tickets for New Year's Concert

Ticket price:

New Year's Concert 01.01.2016, beginning at 11:15, from 35 € to 1.250 €

Categories of seats in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Philharmonic:

Category 1 - ground floor row 4-32; parterre box 1-7, row 1; middle balcony, row 1.

Category 2 - parterre row 2-3, parterre box 1-4, row 2; parterre box 8-9, row 1; balcony of bed 1-5 on the right, balcony of bed 1-2 on the left, row 1.


Program and cast


Vienna Philharmonic 

Franz Welser-Möst 


With Vienna Boys Choir


New Year's Concert


1. Eduard Strauss: Who's dancing with? Fast Polka, Op. 251
2. Josef Strauss: Heroic Poems. Waltz, op. 87
3. Johann Strauss: Gypsy Baron Quadrille. Op. 422
4. Carl Michael Ziehrer: In a cozy night. Waltz, Op. 488
5. Johann Strauss: Come on fresh! Fast Polka, Op. 386


6. Franz von Suppè: Overture to the comic operetta Isabella
7. Josef Strauss: Pearls of Love. Concert Waltz, op. 39
8. Josef Strauss: Angelica Polka. Polka française, op. 123
9. Eduard Strauss: Up and away. Fast Polka, Op. 73
10. Josef Strauss: Cheerful courage. Polka française, op. 281 with the Vienna Boys' Choir
11. Josef Strauss: For ever. Polka fast, op. 193 with the Vienna Boys' Choir
12. Josef Strauss: Zeisserln. Waltz, Op. 114
13. Joseph Hellmesberger: Bell Polka and Gallop from the Ballet Excelsior
14. Josef Strauss: Allegro fantastique. Orchestral Fantasy, app. 26b
15. Josef Strauss: watercolors. Waltz, Op. 258


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This building is located on Dumbastraße/Bösendorferstraße behind the Hotel Imperial near the Ringstraße boulevard and the Wien River, between Bösendorferstraße and Karlsplatz. However, since Bösendorferstraße is a relatively small street, the building is better known as being between Karlsplatz and Kärntner Ring (part of Ringstraße loop). It was erected as the new concert hall run by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, on a piece of land provided by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1863. The plans were designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen in the Neoclassical style of an ancient Greek temple, including a concert hall as well as a smaller chamber music hall. The building was inaugurated on 6 January, 1870. A major donor was Nikolaus Dumba whose name the Austrian government gave to one of the streets surrounding the Musikverein.

Great Hall - Golden Hall

“As high as any expectations could be, they would still be exceeded by the first impression of the hall which displays an architectural beauty and a stylish splendour making it the only one of its kind.” This was the reaction of the press to the opening of the new Musikverein building and the first concert in the Großer Musikvereinssaal on 6 January 1870.

The impression must have been overwhelming – so overwhelming that Vienna’s leading critic, Eduard Hanslick, irritatingly brought up the question of whether this Großer Musikvereinssaal “was not too sparkling and magnificent for a concert hall”. “From all sides spring gold and colours.”






Brahms Hall

"In order not to promise too much it can be said that it has been made into the most beautiful, most magnificent, perfect example of a chamber concert hall that any of us knows in the world.” This was the reaction of a Vienna daily newspaper in October 1993 as the Brahms-Saal was presented to the public after extensive renovation work.

The surprise was perfect. It was a completely new hall. In contrast to the Grosse Musikvereinssaal, the Brahms-Saal had changed its appearance quite considerably over the years. When and how it acquired that slightly melancholy duskiness that was known to music lovers before 1993 cannot be precisely documented.




Glass Hall

As a venue for events from concerts to luxury banquets, the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium is not only the largest of the Musikverein's 4 new halls but also the most flexible in terms of usage.

Hub podiums enable the smooth transformation of the concert hall into a conference centre, the cinema into a ballroom, or the stage into a catwalk. State-of-the-art equipment for sound, lighting, video and widescreen digital projection provide the ideal conditions for half-scenic productions.
The Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium was designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer. With a height of 8 metres, the hall (including the gallery) can play host to up to 380 visitors.

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