A.L.S. – Alle.Lieben.Singen (Everyone loves singing)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis was first described in 1874 by Henry Charcot, a famous neurologist in Paris. It belongs to the group of rare neurological diseases and affects only about 1 person in 100,000.
The disease causes progressive muscular paralysis due to the loss of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Unlike Alzheimer's Disease, thought processes are unaffected. Despite intensive global research, the cause of the disease is still not known, and hence an effective treatment is not yet available. In large-scale trials, a variety of substances have demonstrated no effect whatsoever on the progress of the disease.
Although there is as yet no treatment to combat the cause of the disease, there are many ways in which help and support can be provided during the course of the illness.
Raoul Gehringer, the Austrian composer, former chorister in the Vienna Boys' Choir, and long-time choirmaster of the Vienna Boys, Chorus Viennensis and Chorus Juventus, suffers from the disease, and this misfortune has made him suddenly dependent on others. The MuTh concert is being held for his benefit.
The event is also intended to raise awareness about ALS. To this end, neurologist Dr Heinz Lahrmann, a specialist who works in this field who is also the doctor treating Herr Gehringer, will talk about the illness.
It is intended that the proceeds should fund the provision of a nurse for Raoul Gehringer.
The Boys' Choir family is providing a 180-strong choir to sing for this good cause. Six choirs will perform extracts from their current programmes.
Tickets: € 45
Chorus Juventus / Chorus Viennensis / VieVox / three choirs from the Vienna Boys
Gernot Heinrich (tenor)