New Year's Concert 2017
DUDAMEL VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Few concerts can claim to generate such tremendous international interest as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Under the baton of the world’s leading conductors, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a gala concert from the magnificent setting of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein. The event is broadcast to over 90 countries all over the world and watched by more than 50 million viewers. The 2017 New Year’s Concert is conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the youngest ever conductor to lead this event. The 35-year-old is celebrated as the “young blood” (Die Presse, Austria) in the classical scene, and his comet-like ascent to the top tier of conductors has been unique. He has now established himself as one of the leading and most celebrated conductors of his generation. Under Dudamel’s baton, performances become exceptional experiences full of energy and passion, with every bar brought to life; he is a conductor with a special place in today’s music scene. Although this performance will mark his debut at the New Year’s Concert, it is not his first concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Dudamel has been a regular guest conductor of this world-class orchestra in Vienna and on tour. He performed with the orchestra for the first time in 2007, returned in 2010, and enchanted a wide audience at the 2012 Summer Night Concert in Vienna. Most recently, he opened the 2014 season at the Theater an der Wien as well as the traditional Vienna Philharmonic Week in Japan in the same year.