The Israel Philharmonic has made it a tradition to celebrate New Years with the Chinese People and Zubin Mehta is our ambassador of Viennese goodwill! Strauss greats; The Gypsy Baron Overture, Roses from the South, Bahn Frei Polka, Annen Polka, Voices of Spring Waltz. Tritsch Tratsch and many others were televised from the Great Hall of the People.

The Great Hall was decorated to imitate the Musikverein in Vienna, the waltzes were danced by China’s own ballet stars, and even in the Morgenblatter Waltz (The Morning Journals Waltz) the audience was treated to live Chinese calligraphy the entire width of the stage.

New Years, a three day holiday in China, continues with concerts in Shenzhen and Taipei.

Orchestra members dressed warmly in the minus13 cold and enjoyed their own celebration at the hotel after the concert.