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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 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 (16, 17 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 (17 December).

Gala 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 Olga Peretyatko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Juan Diego Flórez and Günter Haumer, accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Singakademie and the Vienna Boys' Choir (15 and 16 December).

Bach's Christmas Oratorio, offered by the Wiener Symphoniker under the direction of Philippe Jordan, is on the program at the Konzerthaus on 19, 21 and 22 December.

Advent at the Musikverein

Georg Friedrich Handel's oratorio The Messiah is performed by the Lautten Compagney Berlin on 21 December in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, which is famous for its acoustics. A range of Christmas sounds from Vienna to Hollywood is performed the following day by the Vienna Imperial Philharmonics in the Brahms Hall.

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 to the accompaniment of trumpets: Works by Mozart, Bach, Schubert and Haydn are performed each weekend in Advent in Vienna's most famous church (24 November - 23 December).

Handel, Vivaldi and more recent Christmas songs such as Winter Wonderland and Blue Christmas are also on the program during Trumpets in Concert (9, 14, 16 December). There's classical music at Magic Trumpets in Advent at St. Anne's Church, a Baroque jewel in the city center (1 - 23 December). Bach, Mozart, Haydn and others are also interpreted with trumpet and organ during Christmas Trumpet in the Maltese Church (1 - 30 December).

The Christmas Concert in the Catacombs will be held at the Johanneskapelle in the 1st district on 13 December: The soprano Arno Raunig - the modern-day "Farinelli" - sings works by Handel, Vivaldi and Durante, accompanied by viola and cembalo.

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 (6, 7, 8, 9, 21 December). At the Minorite Church, one of the oldest churches in Vienna, the Advent concert of the Vienna Boys' Choir will be held on 1 December with classical, Advent and Christmas songs.

On 8 December, the Grenzlandchor Arnoldstein choir presents its program Carinthian Advent in the famous Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein.

On 17 December, 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 (15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 December).

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 (1, 8, 9, 15, 16, 2 December).

Gospel fans take note: Stella Jones and her group of artists sing their American Christmas Gospel Concerts in the Votive Church (1, 9, 15, 16 December).

Musicals and Christmas sounds

Musical fans make the pilgrimage to St. Stephen's Cathedral on 11 December. The musical stars Maya Hakvoort, Marjan Shaki, Tini Kainrath, Ramesh Nair and Andreas Lichtenberger present Voices of Musical Advent. Accompanied by guitar, piano and percussions, they sing songs such as The Prayer (Celine Dion & Josh Gorban), Love's in Need (Stevie Wonder), Bring him home (Les Misérables) and For the first time in forever (Frozen). Anecdotes and short stores supplement the pre-Christmas music program.

Viktor Gernot & His Best Friends bring swing to the Globe Wien on 16 December with their pre-Christmas program X-Mas is here.

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

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
Ballroom in Liechtenstein City Palace

Ballroom in Liechtenstein City Palace

© Palais Liechtenstein GmbH/podpod Design
The Clemencic Consort during a rehearsal

Clemencic Consort

© Matthias Heckmann
Trumpet Players at "Trumpets in Concert" in the Minoriten Church

"Trumpets in Concert", Minorite Church

© Lukas Beck


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