The Good Shepherds
The Vienna Boys' Choir’s Christmas Concert in the MuTh
Shepherds play an important part in the Christmas story; their faith, their dignity and their constancy have been greatly praised. A shepherd bears considerable responsibility. The “just shepherd” was a title bestowed on royalty and gods in those ancient times in the East, and the “Good Shepherd” of the Bible is God Himself, who tends to His flock.
The “humble” shepherds in the Bible represent all mankind. Many Christmas carols tell their story: how they were lying in the fields when they saw the angel; how they found the baby Jesus, and rejoiced. In the Alps, these carols were performed by small groups of itinerant singers who dressed as shepherds, and also acted out the story — something akin to the “Anglöckeln” tradition; a custom that no longer exists.
Whatever their origin, whatever other stories may also lie behind them, The songs of the Shepherds forge a strong link between the Biblical story and the individual. Whether you’re singing or listening, everybody can identify with the Shepherds. There’s a little of them in all of us. And a little of the sheep too.
Everyone becomes a Good Shepherd in the MuTh; the Vienna Boys’ Choir celebrate the occasion alongside Chorus Juventus, the Schubert-Akademie and the audience as well, with music by Bach and Handel, along with traditional Christmas carols and shepherd songs. The audience is also invited to join in with Händel’s “Hallelujah” and of course, “Silent Night”.
Tickets: Band A €52/ B €46/ C €39; box seats €62; MuTh Club Student, children and young people: A €20/ B €15/ C €9
Team and cast
- Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir
- Choir: Chorus Juventus
- Orchestra: Schubert-Akademie
- Artistic Director: Gerald Wirth