This New Year’s Eve, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in 2017 with the New York Philharmonic as international opera star Joyce DiDonato and Tony Award winner Paulo Szot join Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert for an Enchanted Evening. Humorist and CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca hosts the broadcast from David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. (Concert tickets & more information via the NYPhil / “Enchanted Evening” preview via PBS)

The festive program will celebrate American classics from Broadway and the concert hall, featuring selections from Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady (“The Rain in Spain,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” “I Could Have Danced All Night”), as well as The Sound of Music (“I Have Confidence,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”) and Carousel (Carousel Waltz, “Billy’s Soliloquy”) by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Aaron Copland’s iconic Rodeo and selections from Old American Songs, and Johann Strauss’s lilting waltz, On the Beautiful Blue Danube, round out the program.

“For many homes across America, New Year’s Eve isn’t complete without LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER and the New York Philharmonic,” said Andrew C. Wilk, Executive Producer of Live From Lincoln Center. “We’re thrilled to continue this annual holiday tradition with two leading lights such as Joyce DiDonato and Paulo Szot singing favorites from the American songbook.”

Mo Rocca said, “Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is usually a bust. That’s why I’m spending the evening at Lincoln Center with my mother. I urge you to do the same: Spend the evening at Lincoln Center with my mother. She’s terrific.”

Live From Lincoln Center’s New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: Enchanted Evening airs nationally on PBS on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 8:00 pm*.

The first LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER broadcast on New Year’s Eve took place in 1984 and featured the New York Philharmonic, which has appeared nearly every year since, including each of the last 12 years. This episode of LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER is directed for television by Lonny Price. *Check local listings


Mo Rocca is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, part of CBS’s Saturday morning lineup of educational/informational programming. He’s the creator and host of MY GRANDMOTHER’S RAVIOLI on the Cooking Channel. He’s also a panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and starred in Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

A multiple Grammy Award winner, Kansas-born mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has earned international prominence in operas by Rossini, Handel, and Mozart, and serves the community as an arts advocate. Ms. DiDonato’s 2016-17 plans include a season-opening gala concert with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ludovic Morlot. She also gives concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti and the Berlin Philharmonic with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as a recital with Philippe Jordan in Paris. On the opera stage, she makes her role debut as Rossini’s Semiramide in a new production at the Bavarian Staatsoper conducted by Michele Mariotti; she also appears as Handel’s Ariodante on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket; Dido in Berlioz’s Les Troyens with John Nelsons in Strasbourg; and Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Baden-Baden. Ms. DiDonato also makes her Off-Broadway debut in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the internationally acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour. The mezzo-soprano’s most recent recording release is In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music; the November 2016 release is accompanied by a 20-city international tour that poses the question: in the midst of chaos, how do you find peace? Her acclaimed discography also includes the Grammy Award-winning Diva Divo, Drama Queens, ReJoyce!, and Stella di Napoli (Erato/Warner Classics). Other honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, three ECHO Klassik Awards for Female Singer of the Year, induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, and Best Female Singer of the Year at the 2016 Premios Líricos Teatro Campoamor. In-demand on the concert and recital circuit, she has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre; toured extensively in South America, Europe, and Asia; and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.

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