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Vienna Boys’ Choir sings its way to Queens

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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

The Vienna Boys’ Choir is making a stop at Queens College this Dec. 15 for an exclusive holiday show — “Christmas in Vienna.”

˝he performance showcases these gifted musicians in a program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites — but not just for those of the Christian faith, said Kupferberg Center for the Arts Artistic Director Leon Denmark.

†It’s very uplifting, dedicated to peace and happiness,” Denmark said. “They celebrate the holiday season. Anyone of any faith can feel comfortable attending.”

The rich musical experience of the Vienna Boys’ Choir is a fusion of extraordinary talent, singular training and master artistic direction to enthrall every member of the family and audience, according to the Kupferberg’s announcement.

Denmark said this extraordinary talent is in keeping with the center’s devotion to “Class A” productions. In the months to come the Kupferberg will host such names as the gospel singer Reverend Donnie McClurkin and to end the center’s season is Bill Cosby.

The origin of the Vienna Boys’ Choir dates to the early 15th century when boys began singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor. In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna.

He 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, aka the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court: at Mass, private concerts and functions and state occasions.

Composers Jacobus Gallus and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers and many other famous composers have worked with the group, including Mozart.

Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. They visit virtually all European countries and are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas — and now Queens College.

Vienna Boys’ Choir

When: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Colden Auditorium at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing

Tickets: $20 to $30, (719) 793-8080

KupferbergCenter.org

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