Vienna Boys Choir
The internationally beloved Vienna Boys Choir returns to Miller Symphony Hall for one performance Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir have been adored the world over for their wide range of repertoire, purity of tone, and generosity of musical spirit.
Boys have been singing at Vienna's Imperial Chapel since 1296. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court attracted musicians like Heinrich Isaac, Johann Joseph Fux, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Antonio Salieri, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Anton Bruckner; Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert were themselves choir boys. Until 1918, the boys sang exclusively for the imperial court. In 1924, the Choir was reestablished as a private organization.
Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring groups. Each spends ten weeks of the year on tour. Between them, the choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world. Since 1924, 2499 choristers have sung over 1000 tours in 98 different countries. The boys' first tour of the USA took place in 1931, their first world tour in 1934-35.