Choral Advent in Vienna
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!
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.
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
- 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.
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|
|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|
|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
CORAL DE MONTMELO-Catalunya
ORFEON UCV -Valencia
Coro del Ilustre Colegio de Médicos de Madrid
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