Vienna Classical Concerts – A Classical Way to Usher in the New Year:
For classical music lovers, a dream Christmas present would be some tickets to one of the many famous New Year’s Day Concerts in Vienna. The Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert at the Wiener Musikverein is one of the biggest events on the Viennese social calendar. However, securing a ticket for this event would be a bit of a miracle! Fortunately, there are other concerts that are available at famous Viennese venues.
New Year’s Concert at the Vienna Musikverein
The Tonkünstler Orchestra welcomes the New Year with a spirited performance of Viennese waltzes, popular classical compositions and highlights from opera and operettas. The Tonkünstler Orchestra’s an Austrian orchestra based in Vienna and St. Pölten, Lower Austria. This New Year’s concert is a joyful event that traditionally features up-and-coming soprano stars. Annika Gerhards will be this year’s soloist for a festive event led by Viennese conductor Alfred Eschwé. You can book this Wiener Musikverein New Year’s Concert Here.
What could be more grand than to spend the magical moments of New Year’s Eve in the most exclusive and famous ballroom of Vienna City Hall!
In the impressive setting of the Wiener Rathaus you will enjoy an exquisite four-course gala dinner as well as an excellent selection of musical entertainment. At midnight, step out onto the City Hall’s grand balcony to view the magnificent fireworks over Vienna’s city center. Bid farewell to the old year with a glass of sparkling wine while welcoming the New Year dancing to the tunes of the Blue Danube Waltz. Read more about this event Here.
Welcome the New Year with the sound of Viennese waltzes in the enchanting atmosphere of the Palais Auersperg. This New Year’s concert is performed by the Wiener Residenzorchester which was founded to perform Viennese Classical music in its purest form. The concert is followed by an exclusive gala dinner. Then greet the New Year watching the fireworks in the park of the Palais Auersperg.
Wiener Kursalon New Year’s Concerts
Vienna’s other popular concert house, the Wiener Kursalon also has a range of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Gala concerts. The choice is yours whether you prefer to ring in the New Year with music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Strauss or other famous Austrian composers.
Operas during the Festive Season:
There are lots of concerts all over Vienna during the festive season and some of the popular ones include:
- Vienna Hofburg Orchestra at the Hofburg Royal Palace
- Vienna Imperial Orchestra at the Imperialsaal on Beethovenplatz
- Vienna Walzer Orchestra at the Figaro Hall, Palffy Palace
- Vienna Residence Orchestra at the Auersperg Palace
- Salonorchestra “alt Wien” at Vienna Kursalon
The good news is that you can now book online for many of these classical music events and you can do it from the comfort of your home at any time. But for the popular events, especially around the Christmas/New Year season, it’s necessary to book early as they sell out quickly. Classictic allows you to search for hundreds of classical music events in Vienna (and around Europe) and booking online is easy.
New Year’s Eve Outdoor Events
Vienna’s New Year concerts are not restricted to their famous concert halls. On New Year’s Eve, Vienna’s Old Town transforms into one giant party with all kinds of musical entertainment and refreshment stands.
Locals and visitors to the city of music, can enjoy concerts on the streets of Vienna, dance to classical Viennese waltzes and experience the fireworks.
Where to Stay in Vienna
Vienna has some stunning hotels, some of which look as grand as its imperial palaces. To make the most of your New Year celebrations in Vienna, a hotel in the Innere Stadt would be most convenient. Hotels such as the Radisson BLU Style Hotel, the Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof and the Grand Hotel Wien are all within minutes walk from the Hofburg Palace or the State Opera. The Hotel Imperial is right in front of the Wiener Musikverein.