Salzburg Advent Singing
27 November - 13 December 2020
Advent in Salzburg simply wouldn’t be the same without Advent Singing. For 70 years, folk music, small vocal ensembles and Alpine melodies carrying a message of peace have enchanted audiences and sparked the Christmas spirit in everyone.
A uniquely Salzburg genre
Tobi Reiser Sr. founded Advent Singing back in 1946, and in doing so created a whole new genre. He was a musician and singer, and an avid promoter of local folk traditions. He invited audiences to enjoy concerts of music and song focused on the Advent message – at that time, in unheated rooms! In 1960, the event relocated to the Grosses Festspielhaus, which had just been completed.
Highlight Event at the Grosses Festspielhaus
In its gentle restraint, Salzburg Advent Singing at the Grosses Festspielhaus radiates a unique sense of intimacy, drawing 36,000 visitors from 38 different countries to performances every year. A central component of the event at the Grosses Festspielhaus are gentle, reflective and joyful folk melodies performed by musicians and vocalists, Alpine folk traditions along with plays which bring out the Christmas message. With over 150 musicians, actors and shepherd children participating, the story of Advent is viewed from a slightly different perspective every year.
Program of Salzburg Advent Singing 2020
This Salzburg Advent Singing Anniversary takes us back mentally to the time around Christ's birth, where we write the year as 3760 according to the Jewish calendar. On the outskirts of Bethlehem, shepherds keep their sheep in the midst of Cypress and Olive groves. The area is considered consecrated and sacred. Here, graze only sheep that are intended for a sacrificial ritual in the temple. Rabbi Jacob, who lives with the shepherds, tells of a promise made by the prophet Isaiah, who said, “Don’t be afraid...”!
Visitors to Salzburg can also enjoy the peaceful, festive sounds of the season at “Salzburger Advent ®” in St. Andrew’s Church, at “Tobi Reiser Advent Singing” in the Great Hall of Salzburg University, and at “A B’sondere Zeit” at the Mozarteum Foundation.