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New Year's Concert 2017 with Gustavo Dudamel

The 2017 New Year's Concert took place on January 1, 2017, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in the Vienna Musikverein. Gustavo Dudamel, who was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in 1981, became the youngest conductor in the 75 year history of the New Year's Concert. In 2007, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Vienna Philharmonic for the first time at the Lucerne Festival and made his debut at the Vienna Philharmonic Subscription Concerts in 2011. Dudamel conducted the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn in 2012 and led the orchestra on its traditional Vienna Philharmonic Week in Japan in 2014.

The 2017 New Year's Concert was broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by up to 50 million television viewers around the world. 

Program of the 2017 New Year's Concert

New Year's Concert 2017 with Gustavo Dudamel

The first New Year's Concert with the young conductor from Venezuela was received with much enthusiasm.

Gustavo Dudamel

As an internationally renowned symphonic and operatic conductor, Gustavo Dudamel is motivated by a profound belief in music's power to unite and inspire. Currently serving as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the impact of his leadership extends from the greatest concert stages to classrooms, cinemas and innovative digital platforms around the world. Dudamel also appears as guest conductor with some of the world’s most famous musical institutions. In 2017, he becomes the youngest-ever conductor to lead the Vienna Philharmonic's famous New Year's Day Concert.

Venezuela

Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2009, Gustavo Dudamel was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. His early musical and mentoring experiences inspired his life-long commitment to music as a catalyst for learning, integration, and social change. Dudamel’s work in his native Venezuela serves as the cornerstone of his engagement with young people, and he steadfastly commits some twenty-five weeks of his annual schedule to the orchestras and children of El Sistema, both in Caracas and around the country. During his 18th season as Music Director of the entire El Sistema project, he continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, as well as on tour around the globe. Following a late summer 2016 European tour, the Bolívars and Dudamel launch the Carnegie Hall season in New York with three programs. In March 2017, they perform entire Beethoven symphony cycles in Barcelona, Vienna and for the opening of Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Now entering his eighth season as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel’s contract has been extended to the end of the 2021-2022 season. At his initiative, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has dramatically expanded the scope of its community outreach programs, including most notably the creation of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by the philosophy of Venezuela’s admired El Sistema, which encourages social development through music. With YOLA and diverse local educational initiatives, Dudamel brings music to children in underserved communities of Los Angeles. These programs have in turn inspired similar efforts throughout the United States, as well as in Sweden (Hammarkullen) and Scotland (Raploch).

At the Los Angeles Philharmonic, not only the breadth of audiences reached is remarkable, but also the depth of programming performed under Dudamel. LA Phil programs continue to represent the best and boldest in new music, including numerous premieres and commissions by composers such as John Adams, Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Kaija Saariaho.

Recordings and Broadcasts

Recordings, broadcasts and digital innovations are also fundamental to Dudamel's passionate advocacy for universal access to music. Dudamel's discography includes among many others a special charity LP release of Mendelssohn's “Scottish” Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic which raised funds for music education projects in Europe and Latin America.

Dudamel has also independently produced an all-Wagner recording available exclusively for download, a complete set of Beethoven symphonies for digital learning, and a streaming broadcast of two Stravinsky ballets with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall.

Awards

Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation. He received the Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award in 2016, and the 2014 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School. He was named Musical America’s 2013 Musician of the Year, one of the highest honors in the classical music industry, and was voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. In October of 2011, he was named Gramophone Artist of the Year, and in May of the same year, was inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in consideration of his “eminent merits in the musical art.”

Blumenschmuck von den Wiener Stadtgärten

Blumenschmuck 2016 kurz vor Beginn des Konzertes ©  MA 42 – Wiener Stadtgärten / Houdek ≡ InfoBlumenschmuck 2016 kurz vor Beginn des Konzertes | + Zoom Wenn Gustavo Dudamel am 1. Jänner 2017 den Auftakt zum Neujahrskonzert gibt, gebührt ihm damit die Ehre, erstmals das Neujahrskonzert zu leiten. Die Kooperation der Wiener Philharmoniker mit den Wiener Stadtgärten setzt sich, nach einem gelungenen Start 2015, fort. Gemeinsam mit den österreichischen Gärtnern und Floristen werden die Wiener Stadtgärten den Goldenen Saal im Musikverein in einem Blütenmeer erstrahlen lassen. „Wir werden heuer die ganze Farbpalette der Naturblumen präsentieren: von Pastellrosa zu zartem Lachs, von fuchsia zu blassvioletten und eisblauen Farbnuancen. Das Neujahrskonzert ist eine einmalige Gelegenheit, die hohe Kunst der Wiener GärtnerInnen einem weltweiten Publikum zu präsentieren“, freut sich Stadtgartendirektor Rainer Weisgram.

Exotische Pflanzen sorgen für ein wahres Blüten-Feuerwerk

„Das Publikum darf gespannt sein auf ein Blumenmeer aus 30.000 Blüten, einen exotischen, farbenfrohen Blumenschmuck, den die Blumenstadt Wien in alle Welt hinaustragen wird“, so Stadtgartendirektor Rainer Weisgram. Tausende Blüten sollen die Fröhlichkeit und Farbenfreude Venezuelas wiedergeben. Dafür werden exotische Pflanzen eingesetzt, die ein nie da gewesenes Flair in den Goldenen Saal im Musikverein zaubern werden. Pinke und grüne Flamingoblumen, Cymbidien in blassrosa Tönen aber auch in grünen und creme Farbabstufungen, Amaryllis in Lachs und Rosa sowie Heliconica und rosa Lilien oder Rosen und Nelken in ihrer ganzen prächtigen Farbpalette werden verzaubern. Diese vielfärbige Blumengestaltung soll an die südamerikanischen Wurzeln des diesjährigen Dirigenten Gustavo Dudamel erinnern. Alle Blumen sind mit dem Blumengütesiegel „Fair Flowers Fair Plants (FFP)“ zertifiziert“, versichern die Wiener Stadtgärten.

 

Florales Meisterhandwerk auf höchstem Niveau

Für die alljährliche Blütenpracht im Goldenen Saal bedarf es viel an Erfahrung und Fachkenntnis. Seit bereits elf Jahren koordiniert Lorenz Pridt das Floristinnen- und Floristen-Team des Neujahrskonzerts: „Es ist uns wichtig, stets internationale Farbeinflüsse und neue florale Trends in unsere Gestaltung zu integrieren. Heuer werden Blütenkaskaden aus überquellenden Tüten die florale Pracht wirkungsvoll in Szene setzen“, so der Berufsgruppensprecher der Wiener Floristen Lorenz Pridt. „Die Arbeit der Meister-Floristinnen und Meister-Floristen startet bereits am 27. Dezember, damit rechtzeitig alles bereit ist für dieses weltweite Kulturereignis,“ ergänzt Lorenz Pridt. Zum dritten Mal treten die Wiener Stadtgärten als „florale“ Gestalter des Blumenschmuckes auf. „Die Wiener Stadtgärten bringen immerhin 155 Jahre gärtnerische Erfahrung mit“, betont Stadtgartendirektor Rainer Weisgram, der jedes Jahr Millionen Blumen in ganz Wien auspflanzen lässt.

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, 2017, applications will be accepted to take part in the drawing for tickets to the end of year concerts 2017/18.

More Information

The Philharmonic Suit

For its 175th anniversary, which commences with the New Year's Concert on January 1, 2017, the Vienna Philharmonic presents for the first time The Philharmonic Suit, designed exclusively for the orchestra by Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler.

Sun, 01. January 2017

11:15 h

Vienna, Austria
Musikverein, Golden Hall

New Year's Concert

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel

Compositions by Franz Lehár, Émile, Johann Strauss, Jr., Josef Strauss, Franz von Suppé, Carl Michael Ziehrer, Otto Nicolai, Johann Strauss, sen.

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.

SONY CLASS, CD

€ 21.90 Order

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.

SONY CLASS, DVD

€ 25.90 Order

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.

SONY CLASS, BLU-RAY

€ 28.90 Order

New Year's Concert:
The Complete Works

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.

23 CD

SONY CLASS, CD

€ 79.90 Order
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