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1/1 on PBS: Hugh Bonneville and the Vienna Philharmonic Ring in the New Year

Hugh Bonneville in Grafenegg. (PhototCredit: Thomas Jantzen)

Great Performances coming up in 2020.

Andris Nelsons (Photo: Harald Hoffmann)

Hosted by Hugh Bonneville and conducted by three-time GRAMMY Award-winner Andris Nelsons, Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2020 premieres Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. with an encore performance at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).


The broadcast will be available to stream the following day on and the PBS Video app.

Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg – Salzburg Festival (Photo: Anne Zeuner )

The program celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with the composer’s Selections of Contredanses and visits to the Beethoven museum, Musikverein’s archives, which house the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts in the world and more led by host Hugh Bonneville.


The Vienna Philharmonic. (Photo Credit: Filip Waldmann)

As the world welcomes a new decade, Great Performances continues the tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at Vienna’s famous Musikverein. Under the baton of three-time GRAMMY Award-winning guest conductor and Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons, the concert spotlights the talent of the Vienna State Ballet and the Vienna Philharmonic with beloved waltzes by Strauss and more.

Hugh Bonneville (Photo Credit: Thomas Jantzen)

PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville (Masterpiece: Downton Abbey) returns as host for a third year, touring Musikverein’s archives, which hold the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts in the world, the Beethoven museum and other locations associated with the legendary composer in honor of his 250th birthday (December 17, 2020).

Massenet’s French tale Manon
Season 14 of Great Performances at the Met premieres Sunday, January 5 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with Massenet’s French tale Manon. Soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as Manon, alongside tenor Michael Fabiano as Chevalier des Grieux, and Artur Ruciński (Lescaut), Brett Polegato (de Brétigny), Kwangchul Youn (Comte des Grieux) and Carlo Bosi (Guillot de Morfontaine) round out the cast. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Artur Ruciński as Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon. (Photo: Marty Sohl – Met Opera

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