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Vienna Boys Choir

Vienna Boys Choir
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April 06, 2019 | 3:00 PM
  • Starting at: $45.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Series: Classical Concerts
  • Genre: Classical, Vocal
  • Presenter: The Royal Conservatory

A Vienna Boys Choir performance is an enchanting event. The “breathtaking” choir is “totally disciplined voices tempered by a singular sense of ease and consistency” (Washington Post). Boys have been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century. In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna, and gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and in consequence the Vienna Boys Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions. The Vienna Boys Choir has delighted music lovers for six centuries with their purity of tone, charm, and crowd-pleasing repertoire.This performance marks their second appearance at Koerner Hall.


Gaudete! from the Piae cantiones (arr. Gerald Wirth)

Carl Orff: “O Fortuna” from Carmina burana

Lodovico Grossi da Viadana: Exultate iusti

Adriano Banchieri: “Capricciata à tre voci” and “Contrappunto bestiale alle mente” from Festino nella sera del Giovedi grasso avanti cena (arr. Gerald Wirth)

Henry Purcell: Four pieces from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z 323

Joseph von Eybler: Omnes de Saba venient

Friedrich Silcher: Lorelei (arr. Gerald Wirth)

Johannes Brahms: Regina coeli, op. 37, no. 3

Raoul Gehringer: Tod und Liebe

Franz Biebl: Ave Maria – Angelus Domini


Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley: “A Wonderful Day” from The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd (arr. Norman Leyden)

Elton John: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King

Leonard Bernstein: “Somewhere” from West Side Story

Eric Whitacre: The Seal Lullaby

Richard Rodgers: “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music

Ástor Piazzolla: Libertango (rr. Oscar Escalada)

Eduardo Di Capua and Emanuele Alfredo Mazzucchi: O sole mio

Josef Strauss: Matrosenpolka, op. 52 (arr. Gerald Wirth)

Johann Strauss II: Unter Donner und Blitz, op. 324 (arr. Anton Fergusson)

Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau, op. 314 (arr. Gerald Wirth)

Program notes

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