New Year's Concert to mark centennial of World War I

Vienna, Dec 11 (EFE).- The Vienna Philharmonic's traditional New Year's Concert will mark the centennial of World War I, as well as the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Strauss, Austria's ORF network said Wednesday.

"The Great War," which started in 1914 and ended in 1918, will be commemorated with Josef Strauss's "Friedenspalmen" (Palms of Peace) waltz to welcome 2014.

The Vienna Philharmonic will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim, who is known for his efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.

The conductor wanted to include the piece in the program to mark the war's centennial, ORF said.

The Vienna Philharmonic plans to honor Richard Strauss by playing "Mondscheinmusik," an unofficial program guide circulating on the Internet shows.

The New Year's Concert will once again focus on the marches, waltzes and gallops of the Strauss dynasty (no relation to Richard Strauss), especially Johann Strauss the younger's works.

The orchestra will treat listeners at the Great Hall of Vienna's Musikverein and around the world to the "Egyptian March" and the "Klipp Klapp Galopp," among other works.

The Vienna Philharmonic also plans to play pieces by Joseph Hellmesberger and Josef Lanner.

The orchestra will close the concert with the playing of Strauss's "Radetzky March," a piece traditionally accompanied by the audience's clapping.

The broadcast will include several ballet pieces previously recorded at Vienna's Liechtenstein Palace and live footage from the Musikverein.