The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs during the traditional New Year’s concert in Vienna, Austria, in 2018. This year it will be playing to an empty hall because of Covid-19 restrictions. Photo: AFP
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs during the traditional New Year’s concert in Vienna, Austria, in 2018. This year it will be playing to an empty hall because of Covid-19 restrictions. Photo: AFP

Vienna’s virtual New Year’s Concert survives lockdown restrictions to bring classical music lovers some joy

  • Organisers say it would be ‘impossible’ for the event not to go ahead; the musicians, conducted by Italian Riccardo Muti, will perform to an empty hall
  • To break the silence, public broadcaster ORF will play in applause from 7,000 music lovers watching from home online

Topic |   Classical music
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs during the traditional New Year’s concert in Vienna, Austria, in 2018. This year it will be playing to an empty hall because of Covid-19 restrictions. Photo: AFP
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs during the traditional New Year’s concert in Vienna, Austria, in 2018. This year it will be playing to an empty hall because of Covid-19 restrictions. Photo: AFP
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