New Year’s Concert 2014
The Vienna Philharmonic has invited Daniel Barenboim to conduct the New Year’s Concert 2014. This is in recognition of the orchestra’s 25 years of musical collaboration with the General Music Director of the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin, who conducted his first Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert in 2009, and of all his artistic endeavors. The Philharmonic also acknowledges Barenboim’s efforts, characterized by much personal courage and noted around the world, to build bridges and reconcile that which seems irreconcilable.
It has long been a Philharmonic tradition at the New Year to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries. These concerts not only delight the audiences in the Musikverein in Vienna, but also enjoy great international popularity through the world wide television broadcast, which now reaches over 80 countries.
Originating during a dark period of Austria’s history, these concerts were initially conceived for a local audience as a reminder of better times and a source of hope for the future. Today millions of people throughout the world are similarly encouraged by the light-hearted yet subtly profound character of this music, and draw joy and optimism for the New Year ahead.