Treat your ears to classical sounds in the city’s most beautiful concert halls.
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Great emphasis is placed on singing in the world’s capital of music. Some 90 choirs from around the world come to Vienna City Hall on the four weekends in Advent for the "International Advent Singing" (28 November to 24 December, 3.30 pm to 7.00 pm - free admission). The Vienna Boys' Choir are on hand at the MuTH for perfect singing. This Christmas, they sing about "Good Shepherds" (10-13 December). Vocal art is also on the program at the "Voices of Musical Christmas" at the Wiener Stadthalle. The popular musical stars Maya Hakvoort, Ramesh Nair and others celebrate the festival with gospel and swing (21 December.).
Contemplative sounds are promised by the Clemencic Consort in the "Pre-Christmas Baroque Concerts" performed on historical instruments. Early Hungarian Christmas and pastoral music can also be enjoyed at the Eroica Hall of the Theatre Museum (13, 14, 20 and 21 December). At the Wiener Konzerthaus, the authentic performance ensemble Barucco and the Wiener Singakademie interpret Handel’s oratorio "The Messiah" (8 December).
The traditional gala event "Christmas in Vienna" is also held at the Konzerthaus. The line-up of stars at Christmas includes the opera greats Natalia Ushakova, Vesselina Kasarova, Juan Diego Flórez and Artur Ruciński, as well as the Wiener Singakademie and the Vienna Boys' Choir. Accompaniment is provided by the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien under the direction of Sascha Goetzel (19 December pre-premiere, 20 December gala concert).
In Vienna’s most famous church, the soloists of the Wiener KammerOrchester play "Advent Concerts at St. Stephen's Cathedral". Mozart, Bach and Handel can be heard there on the four weekends in Advent.
Treasures of the Viennese classical period sound particularly festive when played on brass instruments. In some churches, there are trumpet concerts, such as the "Magic Trumpets at St. Anne’s Church", a Baroque jewel in the city center (weekends in Advent). Handel, Bach and popular Christmas carols are also on the program at the Minorite Church, one of the oldest churches in Vienna, during "Trumpets in Concert" (10,13 and 17 December). And at the Maltese Church, the masters of the Baroque are also played on the organ in "Trumpet in the Maltese Church".
A church choir is a must in Advent: The St. Augustin Choral Association sings Camille Saint-Saëns’ "Oratorio de Noël" at the Jesuit Church (2 December).
These and countless other Advent concerts are updated daily and can be found via our Event Search.
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Elevator near stair no. 7: door width: 92 cm, cabin depth: 240 cm, cabin width: 130 cm, passage to elevator: 110 cm.
Elevator near stair no. 8: door width: 92 cm, passage to elevator: 88 cm, cabin width: 110 cm, cabin depth 210 cm.
Wheelchair-accessible restroom / changing room (near stair no. 8).
Special wheelchair seats in halls D and F. Inductive hearing system in Hall F.
Halls D and F are wheelchair-accessible.
Wheelchair rental (by prior arrangement: at least two days ahead of time). Tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24–5310).
Exhibition area on ground floor: with portable ramp placed by staff as required. Intercom system at the main gate (front door or box office), staff will take you to the elevator.
All halls accessible via elevator, inner ramp.
2 elevators from ground floor (door width: 90 cm, cabin depth: 190 and 140 cm, cabin width: 94 cm).
Wheelchair seats: 18 in the Grand Hall, 6 in the Mozart Hall, 3 in the Schubert Hall and 4 in the Berio Hall. Seeing-eye dogs permitted (by prior arrangement).
Access to the Treasuries and museum by elevator (warning: steps!), not wheelchair-accessible, daily from 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Sun and public holidays.
North Tower: access via elevator only (door width: 65 cm) and 12 steps (not wheelchair-accessible). South Tower: 343 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
Parking space for visitors with disabilities (Singerstrasse).