Vienna Boys Choir November 4 SOLD OUT

  • Sep 5, 2013

Hear one of the world’s most enduring and beloved musical traditions on Monday, November 4 when the Oregon Bach Festival presents the Vienna Boys Choir at 7:30 pm in Beall Concert Hall, sponsored by SELCO Community Credit Union.This concert is sold out. 

Begun in 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I included a choir of six boys among his Vienna palace musicians, the choir has survived and thrived over the centuries. Such musicians as Mozart, Salieri, and Anton Bruckner have worked with the choir, and composers Jacobus Gallus and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers. Brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, members of the choir of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, frequently sang with the imperial boys’ choir. Its quality, synonymous with excellence, has never wavered. “Their sound was ethereal and true,” The New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini wrote in 2005, the last year the choir came to Eugene. In 2012, Texas critic Graham Dixon praised the “perfect boys voices” and “the sheer joy and vibrant fun that exuded from the stage.” These days the repertoire has been updated to match the times, but the core program reflects the choir’s origins:  hymns, motets, lieder, and the choir’s own arrangements of quintessentially Viennese music, waltzes, and polkas by Lehar, Lanner, and Strauss. Eugene audiences can also expect pop and contemporary tunes, and a fair mix of world music. Since the 1920s, the choir has collected music from different cultures, with the goal of introducing the boys to as many different styles as possible. Its recent "Silk Road" project features songs from Uzbekistan and China, a qawwali from Pakistan, a ghazal from Iran and field hollers from Tajikistan, all sung in the original languages. At home in Vienna, the choir runs its own school for 250 youngsters, who receive a thorough musical and general education. From this student body, which includes girls, the most talented boys are chosen for the prestigious touring choir, conducted in Eugene by Manolo Cagnin.

Photo: Lukas Beck