Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
The Vienna Boys Choir
Christmas in Vienna
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm
“[The] mix of purity and lung power, childlike simplicity and mature command of breath control
and phrasing, is what this ensemble is all about…” — The Washington Post
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season with its annual holiday performance of The Vienna Boys Choir on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm. The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, and holiday favorites. Tickets are $36-$45 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
About The Vienna Boys Choir
Boys have been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1296. In 1498, Maximilian I (HRR) moved his court to Vienna, lock, stock, and choir. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court attracted musicians like Mozart, Salieri, and Bruckner; Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers. The Chapel Imperial always travelled with the Emperor. Today, touring is part of the chorister’s education. Since 1926, the Vienna Boys Choir has undertaken approximately 1,000 tours in 97 different countries; in that time, the boys have sung more than 27,000 concerts.
There are currently 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. They give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world.
Together with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the boys provide the music for the Sunday Mass in the Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498. The Vienna Boys’ Choir can also be seen and heard in the choir’s own concert hall, Muth. Three new films by Curt Faudon give a deep insight into the boys’ art: Songs for Mary (2013) is a biography of the Virgin Mary in 21 motets and songs; Bridging the Gap – the Power of Singing and Good Shepherds will be released in 2015. Also in 2015, the Choir entered a long-term partnership with Universal Music – Deutsche Grammophon; the first of the joint products will be a Christmas CD.
The Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna is part of Brooklyn Center’s Con Edison Music Masters Series.