Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
The song was first performed at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria on Christmas Eve of 1818. Joseph Mohr, who was a young priest, had written the words to the song in his hometown near Salzburg. Franz Xaver Gruber, a schoolmaster and organist, was invited by Mohr to compose the melody. Their performance was first accompanied not by an organ but with a guitar. Mohr and Gruber performed together for the Mass on Christmas Eve 1818. Today, Silent Night has been performed more than any other carol.
Christmas Market Performance
Your experience will be highlighted by a performance at one of the regions' famous Christkindlmarkts. The sights, sounds, and holiday fragrance of the markets in these beautiful historic cities will create memories of a lifetime. Your feature performance will be outdoors in the midst of hundreds of people enjoying the festivities.
Your experience in the picturesque village of Oberammergau, home of The Great Passion Play, will be highlighted by the Silent Night Festival Feature performance. This concert will take place at Ammergauhaus in the village center. This concert will feature outstanding performing ensembles that will entertain and inspire.
The first performance of Silent Night occurred in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf. Though this chapel no longer exists, your group will visit the small chapel built in honor this historic occasion. Performing in the birthplace of this beloved carol will certainly be a highlight of your experience in Bavaria.
A visit to Bavaria is not complete without enjoying the iconic city of Salzburg, the home of Mozart and the Salzburg Music Festival (made famous by the Sound of Music). The official Concert of the Silent Night Festival will take place in this historic city at the beautiful Mozarteum.