Shepherds play an important part in the Christmas story. They may have been just “simple folk”, but they were the first to hear of the birth of Jesus. Many songs tell their story: how they were lying in the fields when they saw the angel; how they were afraid at first, then overcame their fear; and how they made their way to the stable in Bethlehem, where they found the baby Jesus, and they rejoiced. The shepherds in the Bible represent all mankind. Each and everyone of us can and should identify with them.
The Good Shepherds have become a Christmas tradition here at MuTh. The Vienna Boys Choir perform music of many kinds, and come together with their audience to celebrate Christmas as one big family. This time the Yuletide fayre includes: "Jauchzet, frohlocket" (Shout for joy, exult), the opening chorus to Johann Sebastians Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; Johann Michael Haydn’s cantata "Lauft, ihr Hirten allzugleich" (Run, shepherds, all together); and Johann Ritter von Herbeck’s "Pueri concinite", which was written for the boy choristers of the imperial court.
Vienna Boys Choir
Conductor: Jimmy Chiang and Gerald Wirth
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Michael Haydn, Johann Ritter von Herbeck, Franz Xaver Gruber's "Silent Night" as well as Christmas motets and carols