"Christmas in Vienna", gala at the Wiener Konzerthaus

Musical Advent

Contemplative sounds are promised by the Clemencic Consort in the pre-Christmas Baroque concerts performed on historical instruments at Palais Lobkowitz (16, 17, 18 December). 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 (18 December).

Gospel to gala at the Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus stands for variety - which is also reflected during Advent: On 6 December, a big band puts the audience in a Christmas mood with Swinging Christmas. Titles played include Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller and Ella Fitzgerald. The English Baroque Soloists perform sacred works by Johann Sebastian Bach (8 December). And the powerful singers of the Golden Voices of Gospel perform their Tribute to the 19th Century Jubilee Singers, with songs such as "Oh Freedom" and "Deep River" (10 December).

The traditional gala event Christmas in Vienna is also held at the Konzerthaus. The offering of stars this Christmas includes the opera greats Angela Denoke, Vesselina Kasarova, Dmytro Popov and Günter Haumer, with Melissa Venema on trumpet, accompanied by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Singakademie and the Vienna Boys' Choir (16 and 17 December).

Bach's Christmas Oratorio, performed by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, is on the program on 22 December. The Bolshoi Don Cossacks give their Christmas concert the following day, on 23 December. Projections add to the atmospheric performance of this large men's choir.

Advent at the Musikverein

On 5 December, Martin Haselböck's Wiener Akademie perform the Mass in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach in the famous Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein. Handel's Messiah is also performed with a star-studded line-up in the famous hall with its world-famous acoustics (9 December; soloists include: Lucy Crowe and Florian Boesch).

The Federspiel Brass Ensemble presents its modern Christmas program Christmas. Of the slow time in the Glass Hall: It includes arrangements and its own compositions packed with experimental joy (15 December).

Atmospheric church concerts

Treasures of the Viennese classical period sound particularly festive when played on brass instruments. The soloists of the Wiener KammerOrchester give Advent concerts in St. Stephen's Cathedral: Works by Mozart, Bach, Schubert and Haydn are also performed each weekend in Advent in Vienna's most famous church (25 November - 23 December).

Handel, Vivaldi and more recent Christmas songs such as Winter Wonderland and Blue Christmas are also on the program at the Minorite Church, one of the oldest churches in Vienna, during Trumpets in Concert (10, 15, 17 December). The Original USA Gospel Singers & Band stage their energy-charged Gospel shows here (12-14 and 18-20 December).

There's classical music at Magic Trumpets in Advent at St. Anne's Church, a Baroque jewel in the city center (25 November - 18 December). Bach, Mozart, Haydn and others are also interpreted with trumpet and organ during Christmas Trumpet in the Maltese Church (25 November - 30 December).

The full voices of The Christmas Gospel ensemble ring out in 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 (2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 December). Gospel fans take note: Stella Jones and her group of artists give their American Christmas Gospel concerts in the Votive Church (9, 10, 19, 20 December 2016).

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 (7, 8, 9, 10, 22 December).

Musicals and Christmas sounds

Musical fans make a pilgrimage to the MuseumsQuartier: Scrooge, the successful family musical based on Charles Dickens' Christmas tale, takes to the stage in Halle E from 8 to 11 December. Cool bands perform at Winter in the MQ, and there are daily DJ winter sounds at the ice pavilions with punch bar (4 November - 23 December).

These and countless other Advent concerts are updated daily and can be found via our Event Search.

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