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Viennese Advent — The Advent Concert by the Wiener Symphoniker at St. Stephen's

Vienna, Stephansdom — main

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About the Event

Experience classical music like never before in this astonishing advent concert at Vienna's remarkable St. Stephen's Cathedral.

The Christmas season will once again open with the still young tradition of Viennese Advent, the Advent Concert of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, in the solemn atmosphere of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Principal conductor Andrés Orozco‐Estrada conducts pre‐Christmas music with the voices of the Vienna Boys' Choir and trumpeter Alison Balsom. A concert that allows you to find peace in the pre‐Christmas hustle and bustle.

The programme includes sacred music from all over Europe. At the end of the concert we all sing a Christmas carol together.

Practical Information

The event will take place under 2G rules (vaccinated or recovered).


Conductor: Orozco‐Estrada, Andrés

Andrés Orozco‐Estrada was born in 1977 in Medellin (Columbia). At the age of five he started to play the violin, at the age of 15 he conducted the orchestra of his Music High school. In 1992 he started to study conducting. From 1997 to 2003 he persued his conducting studies in the master class of Uros Lajovic at the Vienna Music Academy.

From 2001 to 2004 Andrés Orozco‐Estrada was elected Chief Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Vienna's Technical University. During these years he conducted a wide range of symphonic and opera programmes, including concert and staged performances of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Abduction from the Seraglio, The Magic Flute and Don Carlo.

Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker

The Wiener Symphoniker can look back on an eventful history, an outward sign being the several alterations that its name has undergone. Unforgettable will remain the legendary concert before Pope John XXIII at the Vatican in 1959 as well as the world premieres of such masterpieces as Bruckner’s 9th Symphony, Arnold Schönberg’s Gurrelieder, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and Franz Schmidt’s The Book with the Seven Seals. During the First World War, the orchestra was saved from being disbanded only by a fusion with the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, founded in 1913. In 1944 however, the orchestra’s activities came to a halt for eight months.

Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir/ Wiener Sängerknaben

Today the Vienna Boys' Choir consists of around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Wiener Sängerknaben maintain the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle they provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna's Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498.

Trumpet: Balsom, Alison


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