Concert Spirituel - Weihnachtskonzert 26/12/2019

Enjoy the fourth concert of the unique concert series "Concert Spirituel" on 26 December 2019, the Christmas Concert, under the conduction of violin virtuoso Mario Hossen, with the renowned soloist Johannes Ebenbauer on his organ and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the Vienna Minorite Church.

Concert Spirituel - Weihnachtskonzert 26/12/2019

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The unique concert series "Concert Spirituel" by the renowned violin virtuoso Mario Hossen together with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra will enchant you from September to December 2019 in the Minoriten Church in Vienna. Experience the traditional concert cycle in one of Vienna's most beautiful churches with incomparable acoustics.

The Concert Spirituel (French for "sacred concert") is the name given to one of the first public concert series that was groundbreaking for musical taste in France and ultimately throughout Europe. The concerts first began in 1725 and later concert series with the same name also took place in Vienna, London and elsewhere. Initially, the concerts took place on religious holidays to provide classical entertainment when other spectacles such as the opera or theatres were closed. Sacred music and Italian instrumental music, secular cantatas and several symphonies, including works by great international composers, were performed.

For the fourth concert of the cycle "Concert Spirituel" on 26 December 2019, Maestro Mario Hossen is honoured to conduct this Christmas concert and perform together with the celebrated soloist Johannes Ebenbauer, who will create with his organ a magical atmosphere for this Christmas concert.

The Austrian soloist Johannes Ebenbauer studied church music and organ concert. In 1991 he was appointed Cathedral “Kapellmeister”; at St. Stephen's Cathedral he worked together with Peter Planyavsky until 2005. In addition, Johannes Ebenbauer has been teaching organ and improvisation at the Vienna University of Music since 2002. He has been conducting numerous orchestras and even founded his own ensembles such as the Baroque Orchestra J.J. Fux. He also works on Vienna's oldest organ from 1642 in the Franciscan Church.

Maestro Mario Hossen, who is honoured to conduct and perform in this concert, received his musical education in Sofia, Vienna and Paris. He made his debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of eight. His teachers included great pedagogues such as Gérard Poulet and Michael Frischenschlager. Mario Hossen is the artistic director of the Camerata Orphica, Varna International Music Festival and founder of the International Music Academy Orpheus in Vienna. Hailed for his incredible virtuosity and charismatic stage presence, Hossen plays a repertoire that ranges all the way from Renaissance music to Classic music to contemporary works and Jazz. As a concert soloist of international acclaim, Mario Hossen has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Orchestra della Scala di Milano, the Royal Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.

Hossen has performed with outstanding musicians like Bruno Canino, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Philippe Bernold, Lior Schambadal, Leslie Howard, Adrian Oetiker, Gérard Causse, Roy Goodman, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Boris Mersson, Leon Bosch, Georges Pludermacher and Jean-Bernard Pommier - among others. Several contemporary composers have dedicated works to Hossen and Hossen has commissioned works with composers , e.g. Tomas Marco, Rainer Bischof, Walter Baer, Gheorghi Arnaoudov, François - Pierre Descamps and Alessandro Solbiati. Hossen's musicological and artistic endeavors are focused among other things on source research on Niccolo Paganini.

The complete oeuvre of Paganini for solo violin and for violin and orchestra will be released as a historical-critical edition by Doblinger Music Publisher- Vienna. Several highly acclaimed CD's with the World Première Recording of some of the most famous works by Paganini in their original version were produced by the leading italian CD Label "Dynamic" Genova. Mario Hossen plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, 1749, on loan from the Austrian National Bank collection and is a brand ambassador for Peugeot. Hossen plays all concerts exclusively with his preferred strings, the Vision Titanium Solo strings manufactured by Viennese company Thomastik-Infeld.

The world-famous Vienna Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1946 and established itself as one of the world's leading chamber orchestras in the more than 70 years of its existence. The former principal conductor Carlo Zecchi and guest conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin and Sándor Végh were very significant partners of the orchestra. The internationally renowned reputation of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra is confirmed by its worldwide tours and regular appearances in almost all major European cities.


The original musical events of the Concerts spirituels, rich in historical tradition, were distinguished by the fact that they performed sophisticated sacred as well as secular music. Experience the incomparable Concert spirituel with Mario Hossen & the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the beautiful Minoritenkirche in Vienna. The concert series will take place on 5 selected dates with a varied programme, whereby the audience will be taken on an exciting musical journey leading from Bach, Vivaldi and Haydn to Strauss.

26th December 2019 / Thursday 7.30 pm
MARIO HOSSEN, Violine and musical direction

J S. BACH: Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht, aus dem Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248, Choral 12

J.S.BACH: Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr, BWV 676 (Orgel Solo)

 A. CORELLI: Concerto grosso in G-Moll 'Fatto per la Notte di Natale', Op.6 no.8

 A. VIVALDI: Concerto Grosso in A Moll, RV 565 

 J.S. BACH: "Wie soll ich dich empfangen", Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248, Choral 5

J. HAYDN: Konzert für Orgel und Streicher C-Dur, Hob XVIII/8

W.A. Mozart: Divertimento in D-Dur, KV 136

J. S. BACH: Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733 (Orgel Solo)

A. VIVALDI: Concerto Grosso in H-Moll Op 3/10 Rv 580 Pv 148 für 4 Violinen, Streicher und Bc (WKO Solisten)

Get ready to enjoy this unique concert series with the incomparably talented musicians in the beautiful, acoustically wonderful ambience of the Vienna Minoriten Church!


The Minoriten Church is a Catholic church built in French Gothic style and is located at the center of Vienna’s historic city centre, just a few minutes’ walk away from the Hofburg. The so-called Minorites were Franciscans who founded the Minorite Monastery in Vienna in 1224. The church building was completed in 1350, as one of the first Gothic churches in Eastern Austria. Since 1784, the church has been owned by the Italian Congregation and has grown to become the cultural centre of the Italian Catholic community of Vienna. It is often referred to as the Italian National Church of Mary of the Snows. The striking saddle roof of the church rises above the silhouette of Vienna's city centre and its "shot down“ tower is another striking characteristic of the building, dating back from the times of the Austro-Turkish wars. Since then, several alterations have taken place, the last major alteration being in the years around 1900, when the neo-Gothic annexes were built.

The Minorite Church in Vienna is one of the oldest and most artistically valuable churches in the city and provides a unique venue for classical concerts.

Minoriten Church (Minoritenkirche)
Minoritenplatz 2A
1010 Vienna

Dates and prices

The concert series „Concert Spirituel“ will take place on 5 different evenings. Concert start is always 7.30 p.m.

For all other dates, please click directly on the respective date.

27.9.2019: ConcertAntique arias and dances“

26.10.2019: ConcertBach and Mendelssohn“ – soloist & conductor Philippe Bernold

30.11.2019: Concert „Bach and Vivaldi“ – soloist Piero Barbareschi (harpsichord)

26.12.2019: Christmas Concert  – soloist Johannes Ebenbauer (organ)

30.12.2019: New Year’s Eve ConcertTango and Waltz“

Tickets are available in different categories:

Category Superior        55* EUR ,-

Category 1                   39  EUR ,-

Category 2                   29  EUR ,-

Students                      19  EUR ,-

Category Superior *incl. artist reception with wine tasting & buffet

All prices are total prices, including all taxes and statutory fees. We do not bill any sort of additional charges.


The concert lasts approx. 75 min.


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How to go there?

You can take the metro line U3 until the station “Herrengasse“ and take the exit “Minoritenplatz“ which will lead you directly in front of the Minoriten Church.


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.