VIENNA, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Vienna Philharmonic kicked off its 73rd New Year's Concert on Tuesday to celebrate 2013.
The concert stared with Joseph Strauss's "Die Soubrette." Though traditionally dominated by the works of the Strauss family, it also included a number of works not played at the event before, including pieces from Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.
Franz Welser-Moest, whose family was connected to the Strauss family through a great grandmother, was invited to conduct the orchestra's annual New Year's Concert for the second time after 2011.
The New Year's Concert was broadcast live on television and radio in 81 countries this year, more than ever before, according to official broadcaster ORF.
Vienna Philharmonic, founded in 1842, has always been considered as the world's top level symphony orchestra.