Festival program 2018

Welcome to the 8th Messiah Choir Festival from April 26th to 29th, 2018 in Salzburg!

Thursday April 26th, 2018

Individual arrival in Salzburg and check-in to your accommodation.
17.00 h: 1st Messiah choir rehearsal at the Saal der Salzburger Volkskultur in Salzburg with choir and piano; conducted by: Jan S. Bechtold und Erich Klug (duration 2 hours)
19.30 h: Singer's Meeting (optional) - a leisurely get-together for all singers
Overnight at booked accommodation in Salzburg.

Friday April 27th, 2018

Buffet breakfast
Morning: City walk Salzburg with focus on music and special guided tour resp. for the connaisseurs of Salzburg.

Time at leisure.
15.00 h: 2nd Messiah choir rehearsal at Saal der Salzburger Volkskultur in Salzburg with choir, piano and orchestra; conducted by: Jan S. Bechtold und Erich Klug (duration 2 hours)
18.00 h: Stage rehearsal at Franziskanerkirche for choir and orchestra

19.00 h: Evening Mass Service at Franziskanerkirche in Salzburg
The participating choirs and orchstras participate in mass.
Common pieces: W.A. Mozart "Ave verum corpus" and G.F. Handel "Hallelujah" from Messiah
20.30 h: Singer's Meeting - a leisurely get-together for all singers

Saturday April 28th, 2018

Buffet breakfast
10.00 h: Messiah dress rehearsal - choir, soloists and orchestra; conducted by: Jan S. Bechtold und Erich Klug (duration approx. 3 hours)
Time at leisure.
Late afternoon: bus transfer to Thalgau near Salzburg.
Stage rehearsal in the parish church of Thalgau
19.00 h: 8th Messiah Festive Concert in the parish church of Thalgau

Performance of the Leonard Bernstein arrangement (1956) with singers from all over the world, the Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau from Versonnex (F), the Ökumenischer Singkreis Maria-Frieden/St. Martin from Göttingen, Domchor Lübeck, Sängerbund und Kirchenchor Thalgau, Diabellichor Mattsee, Cantemus Chor Wien, the Jubilate Chor Salzburg and the chamber orchestra of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg; directors: Jan S. Bechtold und Erich Klug.
Messiah Choir Festival closing party - a joyful get together for all participants incl. a light dinner
Approx. 24.00 h: Return transfer to Salzburg to your accommodation.


Sunday April 29th, 2018

After breakfast individual departure or onward journey.

We will be happy to assist you in planning your onward journey, for example to Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Munich, etc.

See you again at the 9th Messiah Festival from April 25th to 28th, 2019 in Salzburg !

If you have any queries, please contact Waltraud Boennecken: messiah-salzburg@cc-a.at

status as of August 2017 - subject to change