Upcoming Events » Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Celebration

Start:
December 10, 2010 7:30 pm
Cost:
Bronze: $30.50 Silver: $46.50 Gold: $56.50
Venue:
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Address:
50 E. Merrimack St.
Lowell , MA
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Join the Vienna Boys Choir for their Christmas and Holiday Celebration at Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts.

In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians from Innsbruck to Vienna. He gave specific instructions that there were to be six boys among his musicians. For want of a foundation charter, historians have settled on 1498 as the official foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and – in consequence – the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the court, at mass, at private concerts and functions and on state occasions. Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour.

They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas. Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Wiener Sängerknaben maintain the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle they provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498.

The choir is a private, not-for-profit organisation. The eight members of the choir’s governing body oversee its development and guarantee its future. The current president is Walter Nettig. Gerald Wirth became the choir’s artistic director in 2001.

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