In 2021, Burgenland, Austria’s easternmost federal state, celebrates the 100th anniversary of its unification with the Republic of Austria. To get everyone in the mood for the anniversary year, "Happy Birthday, Burgenland! 1921-2021", a film dedicated to the youngest federal state, will be broadcast during the interval. The film captures some of Burgenland’s most eye-catching landmarks, including Haydnkirche in the north, Donatuskapelle in the middle, and Tabor Castle in the south. You can retrace Burgenland’s eventful history at Mönchhof Village Museum. Viewers are taken on a journey through time, and also get to know more about musical greats like Franz Liszt and Joseph Haydn. The magnificent film tells the world all about beautiful Burgenland.
Riccardo Muti will conduct the world’s most famous orchestra for the sixth time. Each year, selected pieces from the Strauss family and their contemporaries inspire millions of television viewers worldwide. As is customary, the musical masterclass gets you in the mood for 2021. In addition to musical masterpieces, ORF once again inspires viewers with extravagant documentaries, specially choreographed ballet scenes, and brilliant interval films. The Burgenland interval film was designed and produced by the director Felix Breisach. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 concert will take place without a live audience. All the more reason to put on a special show for international viewers at home with a traditional feast of music.
The live broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Day Concert is on 1 January 2021 at 11.15am on ORF 2. Repeats are to be broadcast in early January 2021.