Vienna Boys' Choir: Gute Hirten
© Lukas Beck

Musical Advent

A program of music is essential at the many atmospheric Viennese Christmas markets - such as the Vienna Christmas Dream on City Hall Square, the Christmas Village on Maria Theresien Platz, the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, the Cultural and Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, the Art Advent on Karlsplatz and the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz.

Contemplative sounds are promised by the Clemencic Consort in the pre-Christmas Baroque concerts performed on historical instruments in the impressive Eroica Hall at Palais Lobkowitz (December 15 and 16).

A highlight in the Volksoper year is the Christmas concert, in which everyone participates: from the soloists and the State Ballet to the orchestra and the children's choir (December 16).

Gala and more at the Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus stands for variety - which is also reflected during Advent. The traditional gala event Christmas in Vienna is held here. The offering of stars this Christmas includes the opera greats Valentina Naforniță, Angela Denoke, Dmitry Korchak, Adrian Eröd and José Feliciano, accompanied by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Singakademie and the Vienna Boys' Choir (December 20 and 21).
The Wiener Konzerthaus swings on December 9, when the Gerhard Aflenzer Broadway Big Band with Andy Lee Lang and others strikes up at Swinging Christmas - with titles by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Glenn Miller and Ella Fitzgerald.

Bach's Christmas Oratorio, offered by the Wiener Symphoniker under the direction of Philippe Jordan, is on the program on December 15, 16 and 17.

Die Seer give a Christmas concert during their city tour on December 22, with quiet numbers, acoustically reduced to the essentials.

Advent at the Musikverein

The Vienna Moonlight Symphony Orchestra plays English classical Christmas music, Baroque music by Händel and the bassoon concerto by Mozart on December 12 in the Brahmssaal.

In the Musikverein’s Golden Hall, which is world-famous for its acoustics, the Polish Art Philharmony gives its Christmas concert with Music of the Masters Corelli, Chopin and Mozart on December 14 an 15.

Ulrike Beimpold and the Philharmonia Schrammeln provide pleasurable hours with the program Von Engerln und Bengerln (Of Angels and Rascals) on December 16.

On December 20, the Lautten Compagney Berlin and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir perform Georg Friedrich Händel's Oratorio The Messiah.

A range of Christmas sounds from Franz Schubert to Leonard Cohen is performed by the Vienna Imperial Philharmonics on December 22.

Church concerts

Treasures of the Viennese classical period sound particularly festive when played on brass instruments. At St. Stephen's Cathedral, the soloists of the Wiener KammerOrchester give Advent concerts with trumpet accompaniment: Works by Mozart, Bach, Schubert and Haydn are performed each weekend in Advent in Vienna's most famous church (November 30 - December 23).

Händel, Vivaldi and more recent Christmas songs such as Winter Wonderland and Blue Christmas are also on the program during Trumpets in Concert at the Minoriten Church (December 13, 15, 19). There's classical music at Magic Trumpets in Advent at St. Anne's Church, a Baroque jewel in the city center (Fr, Sa, Su November 30 - December 23). Bach, Mozart, Haydn and others are also interpreted with trumpet and organ during Christmas Trumpet in the Maltese Church (December 1-30).

Choral singing

Great emphasis is placed on singing in the world's capital of music. About 80 choirs from around the world come to Vienna City Hall on the four weekends in Advent for the International Advent Singing (Fr, Sa, Su, 3.30 pm to 7.00 pm - free admission).

The Vienna Boys' Choir is on hand for perfect singing. The choir gives its Christmas program Good Shepherds in its concert hall, the MuTh, to full effect (December 11-15).

On December 8, the Grenzlandchor Arnoldstein choir presents its program Carinthian Advent in the Wiener Konzerthaus, and the following day in the famous Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein. The choirs of the University of Vienna come together here on December 19 for Christmas Rocks: with songs from Mariah Carey (All I Want for Christmas is You) to Jule Styne (Let it Snow).

On December 20, the Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles) is the venue for the traditional Christmas concert of the Ural Cossack Choir. The traditional choir founded in 1924, in which the great bass-baritone Ivan Rebroff started his career, fascinates the audience with its vocal brilliance.

The Bolshoi Don Cossacks give their Christmas concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Projections add to the atmospheric performance of this large male choir (23 December).

Gospel power

The Original USA Gospel Singers & Band put on energy-charged gospel shows in the Minorite Church (December 20-23).

The full voices of The Christmas Gospel ensemble ring out in the Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles) – with feeling and temperament, they sing classics such as Oh Happy Day and Amazing Grace as well as modern soul ballads (December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22).

Gospel fans take note: Stella Jones and her group of artists sing their American Christmas Gospel Concerts in the Votive Church (December 9, 16, 21, 22).

All Advent concerts updated on a daily basis

Christmas in Vienna at Wiener Konzerthaus

"Christmas in Vienna", gala at the Wiener Konzerthaus

© Ludwig Schedl
The Christmas Gospel 2017, Karlskirche

"The Christmas Gospel", Church of St. Charles

© Marcel Billaudet
Trumpet Players at "Trumpets in Concert" in the Minoriten Church

"Trumpets in Concert", Minorite Church

© Lukas Beck
The Clemencic Consort during a rehearsal

Clemencic Consort

© Matthias Heckmann
Musikverein

Musikverein

© WienTourismus / Dagmar Landova
Christmas market on Stephansplatz, evening atmosphere with Christmas lights
St. Stephen's Cathedral with Christmas Market © WienTourismus/David Auner
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