Who: Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraWhat: Annual New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna, AustriaWhen: Tuesday, January 1,2007 from 8-9:30 p.m. EST (Check local listings.)Where: On your TV! Cable not required, just rabbit ears to pickup your local PBS station
Who doesn’t love the Strauss waltzes? PBS will transport us all to Vienna next week, with the telecast of “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration (2008).”
Continuing its holiday tradition, “Great Performances” returns to the stately splendor of Vienna’s Musikverein for its 24th annual New Year’s Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic. Georges Pretre leads the world-renowned orchestra in a selection of Strauss family waltzes.
Also featured are festive ballets danced by the Vienna State Opera Ballet and a special appearance of the famous Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School, who routinely perform to the Strauss waltzes and marches.
Walter Cronkite hosts the broadcast each year.
Waltzing around your living room is permitted. Ballgowns and tails optional.
The audio portion of the concert will probably be broadcast live on your local National Public Radio (NPR) station; it is on our Boston station, WGBH 89.7, at 11 a.m. EST, and you can listen on iTunes.
Turn up the volume!