Vienna Choir Boys return to the Schwan Concert Hall
October 28, 2005
MILWAUKEE - The Vienna Choir Boys return to the Schwan Concert Hall by popular demand November 9, 2005. This will be the third time that the choir has performed for sold out crowds at Wisconsin Lutheran. The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature classical works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, as well as international folksongs from the United States, Jamaica, Argentina, Russia and Austria.
The choir, which was formed in 1498 by Emperor Maximilian I of Austria, remains one of the most popular choirs in the world. Each season, a new choir of boys carries on the rich traditions of Vienna's musical life. Musicians like Mozart worked with the choir, Franz Schubert was a chorister himself, and brothers Franz Joseph and Michael Haydn were members of the choir of St. Stephen's Cathedral and sang frequently with the imperial choir.
Today, there are almost 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14 divided into four touring choirs. All together, the four choirs give 300 concerts and performances each year in front of nearly half a million people. The choir's repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music.
The Vienna Choir Boys concert is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are currently sold out. For more information or to be placed on the waiting list, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit wlc.edu/arts.
Since 1995, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.