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New Year's Concert 2018 with Riccardo Muti

The 2018 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert takes place on January 1, 2018, under the baton of Riccardo Muti in the Musikverein in Vienna. This year's concert will mark the 5th time - after 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004 - that Riccardo Muti, whose close ties with the Vienna Philharmonic extend over several decades, conducts this prestigious event.

The 2018 New Year's Concert will be broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by as many as 50 million television viewers around the world. The program of the 2018 New Year's Concert will be announced at a later date.

 

The New Year's Concert

The Vienna Philharmonic presents annually at the New Year a program consisting of the lively and yet nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Strauss family and its contemporaries. This concert is now broadcast to over 90 countries around the world.

Riccardo Muti

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Over the course of his extraordinary career, Riccardo Muti has conducted the most important orchestras in the world: from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, from the New York Philharmonic to the Orchestre National de France, as well as the Vienna Philharmonic, an orchestra to which he is linked by particularly close and important ties, and with which he has appeared in Vienna, Salzburg and around the world since 1971. In September 2010, Riccardo Muti became Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in the same year was named Musician of the Year by Musical America.

Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic

At the Salzburg Festival in August 1971, a remarkable collaboration began between the Vienna Philharmonic and  Riccardo Muti, who was born in Naples on July 28, 1941. It is not only the astounding number of nearly 500 concerts, but also the exceptional quality of these performances that lends Maestro Muti special significance in the history of the Vienna Philharmonic. Muti prepares himself for his concerts with intensive research and places emphasis on many details that give him a profound knowledge of the specific Vienna Philharmonic sound. This special bond is reflected by the fact that Riccardo Muti was awarded Honorary Membership in the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg upon his 70th birthday in 2011.

Social Conscience

Riccardo Muti’s social and civic conscience as an artist is demonstrated by his concerts performed in places symbolising our troubled past and contemporary history, which he has conducted as part of “Le vie dell’Amicizia” (The Paths of Friendship) project, produced by the Ravenna Festival. Concerts were given in Sarajevo (1997), Beirut (1998), Jerusalem (1999), Moscow (2000), Yerevan and Istanbul (2001), New York (2002), Cairo (2003), Damascus (2004), El Diem, Tunisia (2005), Meknes (2006),Concert for Lebanon (2007), Mazara del Vallo (2008), Sarajevo (2009), Trieste (2010) Nairobi (2011), Ravenna (2012), Mirandola (2013) Redipuglia (2104), Otranto (2015), Tokyo (2016) and Tehran (2017) with La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the “Musicians of Europe United” a group made up of the top players of Europe’s major orchestras and most recently with the Cherubini Youth Orchestra.

Awards

Muti has received innumerable international honors over the course of his career. He is Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Italian Republic and a recipient of the German Verdienstkreuz. He received the decoration of Officer of the Legion of Honor from French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a private ceremony held at Élysée Palace. He was made an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in Britain. The Salzburg Mozarteum awarded him its silver medal for his contribution to Mozart’s music, and in Vienna he was elected an Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and the Vienna State Opera. Russian President Putin awarded him the Order of Friendship, and the State of Israel has honored him with the Wolf Prize for the arts. He has received honorary degrees from many universities in Italy and abroad. The most recent was in 2014 when he received an honorary degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Floral Decorations by Vienna Parks and Gardens

When Riccardo Muti raises his baton for the New Year's Concert on January 1, 2018, it will mark the fifth time that he has conducted this prestigious concert. Also a product of a partnership with tradition will be the floral arrangements throughout the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, which delight concertgoers as well as viewers of the television broadcast around the world. Since 2015, the Vienna Philharmonic has cooperated with the Vienna City Gardens, which along with the Austrian gardeners and florists, have produced the arrangements which light up the Golden Hall in a resplendent sea of blossoming floral color.

The conceptualization of the annual floral arrangements requires a great deal of experience and professional expertise. The positioning of the arrangements begins on December 27, in order that everything is ready on time for this worldwide cultural event.

Tickets for the New Year's Concerts

Due to extremely high demand, tickets for the three traditional end of year concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic are drawn by lot over this website at the beginning of each year. In this way, music lovers from all over the world have an equal chance to purchase these highly desired tickets. Between January 2 and February 28, 2018, applications will be accepted to take part in the drawing for tickets to the end of year concerts 2018/19.

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New Year's Concert 2017

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the New Year's Concert for the first time and becomes the youngest conductor in the 75-year history of this international concert event.

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New Year's Concert 2016

The annual Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert, which is broadcast on television and radio to over 90 countries around the world, is conducted for the third time by Mariss Jansons.

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New Year's Concert 2015

The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert took place under the baton of Zubin Mehta on January 1, 2015, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.

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New Year's Concert:
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75th Anniversary Edition

A celebration of the world's most popular classical music event!

This special anniversary edition contains all 319 works ever performed at the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert over its entire 75-year history and represents a unique collection of musical highlights performed live under 14 great conductors.

The set includes 25 previously unreleased recordings from the archives of the Austrian Broadcasting Co. (ORF) as well as a special CD featuring 13 new recordings by members of the Vienna Philharmonic which capture music from the concert's early years not recorded at the time.

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