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Choral Advent in Vienna

VIENNA – THE MUSICAL HEART OF EUROPE

Pack and get ready for a unique experience during  Advent in Vienna, the city chosen by Strauss to present his first waltz to the world. This exclusive programme, hosted by the City of Vienna, is aimed at all choirs interested in singing in the Austrian capital allowing them to perform in one of the historical sites of the city: the Grand Room of the City Hall (Rathaus). In addition, there are two concerts planned for your choir. Of course there will be enough time to admire the imposing architecture of Vienna, once the capital of a vast empire, and enough time also to taste the delicious tarts and cakes for which Vienna is famous!

During four intense days of choral activities you will be able to sing,  listen to choirs from around the world and combine your stay with a series of visits to interesting places such as the Opera Haus, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Belvedere Palace and Schönbrunn Palace. Visit the oldest Christmas market in the world and enjoy a traditional meal during a visit to  Gumpoldskirchen, a town with more than 800 years of history. In the city, allow yourself some time to sit and relax in one of its stylish coffee houses.

At this time of  the year, when Christmas is already knocking at the door, Vienna shows its human side: music everywhere, Christmas markets, shops filled with gifts and everywhere the atmosphere of the proverbial kindness of its citizens.

Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy  this enriching experience in the heart of European classical music!

THURSDAY: Arrival in Viena. Meet the Music Contact programme coordinator. Dinner and  accommodation at the Hotel.

 

FRIDAY: Breakast at the Hotel. Guided sightseeing tour of the city visiting some of the most relevant sights, -The Opera, The University, The Town Hall, The Parlament, The Court of Justice, The Burgtheater etc. The visit will be followed by lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon your choir will Later, adult choirs will share their songs with residents at a local senior citizen center. Youth choirs can sing in Viennese schools. Join the audience in the spirit of Christmas after your performance.

SATURDAY: Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning at leisure
to discover and enjoy the city. Enthusiatic shoppers should look around the pedestrian area of the Kaertner Strasse and around St. Stephansdom. Afternoon concert in a social residence of the city. Evening dinner in a typical tavern in charming Gumpoldskirchen.

SUNDAY: After breakfast, you will be able to sing during Holy Mass, in one of the beautiful churches of Viena or, optionally, sing in the open air in a pedestrian area of the city centre. The afternoon is free. A visit to a famous vienese cafe is a must. Try Demel, Sacher or Hawelka all offering countless types of coffee such as Schwarzer, Melange, Einspanner, Brauner etc., and a large selection of cakes to go with it. In the evening, join all participating choirs in a “sing altogether” of “Ode an die Freude” by L.V.Beethoven. at the Town Hall of Viena.

MONDAY: Depart Viena after breakfast.

NOTE:
Final details of the specific program for each choir will be made specially for every participating choir in conjunction with the overall organization committee of the event.

THE BASIC PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • 4 nights in a ***/**** Hotel.
  • 1 Dinner.
  • Daily continental breakfast.
  • One lunch
  • Choral activities
  • Assistance
  • One guided visit of the city.
  • 3 nights in double room in a 3 ***/ 4 **** Hotel in Vienna
  • Dinner at the hotel on arrival day (drinks not included)
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • Lunch at the restaurant  (drinks not included)
  • A guide service for ½ day sightseeing
  • Typical night in a tavern in Gumpoldskirchen (1) dinner (1 plate) and 1   glass of  wine.
  • Closing gala ceremony of the Advent programme at the Vienna City Hall with snacks and drinks.
  • English-speaking assistance during your stay in Vienna.

Possible performances: (to choose a maximum of 3)

  • Performance in a mass service in a Viennese Church (4 / 5 songs of the liturgy)
  • Performance of the choir in a nursing home or similar (45 – 60 minutes).
  • Performance of the choir in the Vienna City Hall (30 minutes).
  • Performance of the choir at the Christmas market (outdoor stage) (20-25minutes)

(1) Not available for children and youth choirs)

AVAILABLE DATES: Thursday through Monday from November 30th to December 14, 2018

Possibility to extend and customize the trip around the basic program.

Additional days and excursions can be added to the basic programme.

You may request a free quotation if you wish.

YOUR JOURNEY TO VIENNA – OPTIONS

 

a) By air from major cities  may be the most convenient.
We can arrange your flight if you wish or you may book directly with an airline. Price of airport transfers and required transportation during your stay in Vienna will be quoted upon request.

b) By Bus. If you have the time, this would allow you to do some sightseeing enroute. We can quote the price of bus transportation upon request.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS FROM VIENNA
Vienna’s outskirts are especially attractive: romantic landscapes and picturesque villages invite hiking.

Take a boat trip on the “Wachau” river, along a particularly beautiful stretch of the Danube Valley. You will be amazed  by the intensity and variety of  landscapes: view the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which stands majestically on a high rock on the river, the wine villages of Spitz, Dürnstein and Weißenkirchen,  surrounded  by the hills on which grapes  mature to make fine wines.

The southern Vienna Woods can be visited in a half-day tour; do not miss the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, and the modest hunting lodge in Mayerling, which receives visitors from around the world attracted by the mysterious history of the death of Crown Prince Rudolf of Hapsburg. You will also be delighted with the idyllic spa town of Baden (20 km south of Vienna) with its sulphurous thermal baths, casino and racetrack.

Lake Neusiedl to the southeast is about one hour from Vienna. This is the  largest steppe lake in Central Europe and Austria’s largest lake, located in the foreground  of the small Hungarian plain, surrounded by a thick cane grove which shelters a unique bird life. The wine villages around the lake such as Rust or Mörbisch, have a special charm. Operetta performances on a stage on the lake are held here during the summer.

The Twin City Liner on the Danube will take you in just 75 minutes from Vienna to Bratislava, the centre of the capital of Slovakia, especially impressive for its romantic old town and its fortress.

 

 

CORO SAN VITO Italy LO RIGOLE’ Italy
VOX VANTÖR Sweden LES TROUBADOURS DES PONTS France
POLIFONICA ANGELICUS Italy SAN INAZIO ABESBATZA – País Vasco Spain
ENSEMBLE INCREDIBILE Austria CHOEUR DES FEMMES DE MEANNES France
CORAL RICARDO VILLA – Madrid Spain CORAL POLIF. DE SOUTOMAIOR – Galicia Spain
CHOR BALLWEILER-WECKLINGEN Germany AU FIL DE L’ARVE France
CORO SANTA GIULIA Italy CORO SAN GIORGIO Italy
SAN PEDRO TXIKI ABESBATZA – Spain LE CHŒUR DES COLLINES France
DIE HAGHE SANGHERS Holland CORAL STELLA MARIS BJORK – Murcia Spain
LE BONHEUR EST DANS LE CHANT France CORO ACCORDI E NOTE Italy
ENSEMBLE D’HARMONIES VALLE DI SUSA Italy TRANS GOSPEL VOICES France
CHOIR VOLVENE Norway MUSICA INSIEME Italy
CIMA VERDE Italy CROC’CADENCE France
L’ECHO DU LARGE France ASOC. CULTURAL POLIF. XUNTANZA DE MEIS – Galicia Spain
CORO G.B.MARTINI Italy CORALE CITTA’ DI CEPRANO Italy
SOCIEDAD GAZTELUBIDE – S. Sebastian Spain CHORALE MELODIE France
GROSS & KLEIN OLDENDORF Germany CORALE POLIF. CANTORES DEI Italy
Coral Villa de Recas – Toledo Spain CHORALE VOIX D’ORB France
Coral Som – Barcelona Spain EUROPA CANTAT di REANO Italy
VOORNE’S DAMESKOOR Holland CORAL AIRES DEL CASTRO – Cantabria Spain
CIMA VEZZENA Italy CORO GIA QUINTO Italy
CORAL POL. LORENZO PEROSI Italy BREILI INTERNATIONAL CHOIR Norway
CORAL ENCINA DE MATA – Cantabria Spain CORO GIOVANILE “NUOVO CACCIUCO” Italy
THE KILL SINGERS Ireland CAPPELLA MUSICALE DI SANTA LUCIA Italy
CHOEUR AMABILE France ULTNER BÄNKEL SÄNGER – Sud Tirol Italy
CHORALE OTSAILAN (Hendaya) France VELDHOVENS MANNENKOOR Holland
KOMORNI PEVECKY SBOR SLEZSKE UNIV. Check Rep. CORAL POLIFONICA DE BARRO – Galicia Spain
CONSONARE Germany WHY NOTES France
GAUSEL KIRKEKOR Norway CHOR DER HAPTSCHL. HARBACH-LINZ Austria
CORO SACRO CUORE DI GESÚ Italy CORO LA PRESOLANA Italy
VANATÖRS KAMMARKÖR Sweden WHY NOTES France
THE KILL SINGERS Ireland COR DE C AMBRA SOTA PALAU – Blanes – Spain
KOMORNI PEVECKY SBOR SLEZSKE UNIV. Check Rep. GESANGVEREIN REITH Austria
KÖR AKTIVUM Norway CAVAN SINGERS Ireland
CORO BILACUS Italy CORO SS. COSMA E DAMIANO Italy
CORO POPULARE LE CASTELLANE Italy CARMINA DACICA Rumania
Schapp-o-Klax Germany BURGERSCHAFT CHOR – ESSEN Germany
Coro Liturgico Sta. Maria Italy MILEVSKY DETSKY ZBOR Check Rep.
The Carroll Buchanan Chorale USA ZILINSKY MIESANY ZBOR Slovakia
The Episcopal Choral Society USA CHOR PROMUSICA

ORFEO MONISTROLENC-Catalunya

CORAL DE MONTMELO-Catalunya

ORFEON UCV -Valencia

Coro del Ilustre Colegio de Médicos de Madrid

Germany

Spain

Spain

Spain

Spain

Singengemeinschatft Pflersch Italia

Summary

Dates 2018: From 30th Novembre to 14th December

Dates 2019: From 5-9th December or 6-9th December (Alternative dates available weekends from end of Nov. to 19th Dec)

Duration: 5 Days – 4 Nights

Location: Vienna

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