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.
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
Munich is the location of one of the largest Christmas Markets in all of Europe. The sights and sounds and, of course, the holiday frangrance of this beautiful historic city will create memories of a lifetime. Your feature performance will be outdoors in the midst of the Christmas Market and the hundreds of people enjoying the festivities.
A visit to Austria is incomplete without enjoying the historic music 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.
The first peformance of Silent Night occured in the very small chapel in Oberndorf. Though your group will visit this chapel, your feature Oberndorf performance will be in a larger church in the center of the village. This church will accommodate more performers and audience members.
Your experience in the picturesque village of Oberammergau will be highlighted by the Silent Night Festival Feature peformance. This concert will take place at the renowned Passion Play Theatre, the site of the once-a-decade Great Passion Play. The village of Oberammergau has invited us to join them in celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Silent Night. This concert will feature outstanding performing ensembles that will entertain and inspire.