A New Year tradition in Wien and around the world is the Wiener Philarmoniker concert which is now broadcast worldwide and has become so popular that it is actually three concerts – a December 30 preview concert, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Registration for next year’s concerts has begun and tickets are drawn by lottery: as of yesterday (January 3rd, the second day for 2017 applications) 82,344 applications have been made so far. It will be interesting to see what the grand total is by February 28th when the draw closes.
Which ever of the three concerts you may end up attending it is guaranteed that you will hear at least three encores and the second will be Johann Strauss the younger’s An der schönen blauen Donau. It and the Radetsky March by Strauss Sr. have been the traditional concluding works on the programme since 1958. This performance is from the 2010 concert conducted by Georges Prêtre and in lieu of a dance interlude (which has become traditional) features a journey down the 2864 km length of the Danube from Ulm to the Black Sea.
On this day in 1909: The Montreal Canadiens, the oldest surviving professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association.