The 2013 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert

With Franz Welser-Möst

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One of the most anticipated events of the classical calendar, the Vienna Philharmonic's exquisite New Year's Concert brings the musicians of the prestigious orchestra together under the baton of a different influential conductor each year. Centered around a wide variety of dances in the Viennese style—especially the world-famous waltzes of the Strauss family—every edition brims with stately serenity and a hint of mischief, the perfect way to begin your New Year in music.

After his widely acclaimed appearance with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2011 New Year's Concert, the distinguished Franz Welser-Möst returns to the podium at the stunning Musikverein to lead the 2013 festivities. The Austrian maestro has energy to spare in this exceptionally lively program, which swings between the subtle levity of the Strausses' polkas and waltzes, and excerpts from works like Verdi's Don Carlo, Wagner's Lohengrin, and Light Cavalry by Franz von Suppé, an Austrian composer known for his overtures and operettas.

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