Vienna Boys Choir to perform

The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir will present a concert at Northwestern’s Christ Chapel on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern’s music department.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the City Office in Orange City, Orange City Arts Council Office, Northwestern College Music Department, the Dove Bookstore in Orange City, the True Vine Christian Bookstore in Sioux Center, and the Dordt College Music Department, Sioux Center.

Founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, the Vienna Boys Choir continues to delight music lovers across the globe with its purity of tone, musical depth and distinctive charm. Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, 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 11 weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Motets and lieder (German arts songs) for boys’ choir form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the choir’s own arrangements of waltzes and polkas by Strauss.

The ensemble also performs major choral and symphonic works. In recent years, the choir has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Vienna Boys Choir has sung on dozens of major recordings and film soundtracks.