NEW YEAR CONCERT
ASSEMBLY HALL, WORTHING
Sunday 8th January 2023 at 2.45pm
Conductor: JOHN GIBBONS
Leader: JULIAN LEAPER
One of the highlights of the WSO Season and a favourite with audiences, the annual New Year concert is an upbeat, joyous, celebratory event featuring the music of the Strauss family and their friends and contemporaries.
The New Year Concert is traditionally Viennese in flavour, although Music Director John Gibbons is partial to adding one or two surprising extras to the musical menu so watch this space!
Join Worthing’s professional orchestra for this foot-tapping, hand-clapping extravaganza of waltzes, marches, polkas and more.
Programme to be confirmed.
The professional orchestra of
THE VIENNESE NEW YEAR TRADITION
The Vienna New Year's is an annual concert of classical music performed by the Vienna Philharmonic on the morning of New Year's Day in Vienna, Austria starting at 11.15am. The concerts have been held in the "Goldener Saal" (Golden Hall) of the Musikverein since 1939. The orchestra performs the same concert programme on 30th December, 31st December, and 1st January, but only the last concert is regularly broadcast on radio and television.
The concert programmes always include pieces from the Strauss family—Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss. On occasion, music principally of other Austrian composers, including Joseph Hellmesberger Jr., Joseph Lanner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Otto Nicolai (the Vienna Philharmonic's founder), Emil von Reznicek, Franz Schubert, Carl Zeller, Carl Millöcker, Franz von Suppé, and Carl Michael Ziehrer has featured in the programmes. In 2009, music by Joseph Haydn was played for the first time, where the 4th movement of his "Farewell" Symphony marked the 200th anniversary of his death. Other European composers such as Hans Christian Lumbye, Jacques Offenbach, Émile Waldteufel, Richard Strauss, Verdi, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky have been featured in recent programmes. In 2020, music by Ludwig van Beethoven was played for the first time to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.
The announced programme contains approximately 14 to 20 compositions, and also three encores. The announced programme includes waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, and marches. Of the encores, the unannounced first encore is often a fast polka. The second is Johann Strauss II's waltz he Blue Danube, whose introduction is interrupted by light applause of recognition and a New Year's greeting in German (originally added by Willi Boskovsky) from the conductor and orchestra to the audience. The origin of this tradition stems from the New Year's Concert of 1954, when the audience interrupted three pieces by enthusiastically applauding and cheering. The final encore is Johann Strauss I's Radetzky March, during which the audience claps along under the conductor's direction. This did not start until 1958. In this last piece, tradition also calls for the conductor to start the orchestra as soon as they step onto the stage, before reaching the podium. The complete duration of the event is around two and a half hours.