Sunday, August 20, 2017

Vienna Boys Choir to perform in Yekaterinburg on June 24

The Vienna Boys' Choir will perform at the opening of the Vienna Music Film Festival on Monday at Ural Federal University.

The event is a joint project of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Austria in Yekaterinburg, Ural Federal University and "National Business" magazine.

This is the fourth year for the festival, and the program will include recordings of concerts from outstanding performers, to be viewed outdoors on the big screen. Admission to the event is free.

The program includes such concerts as "Die Fledermaus," "Alice in Wonderland," "The Nutcracker," a concert by Rod Stewart, another concert by Adriano Celentano, "La Boheme," Falstaff," and a New Years' concert by the Vienna Philharmonic.

The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest choirs in history, going back centuries. In 1498, Emporer Maximilian I moved his residence from Innsbruck to Vienna and issued an order to include in the court a choir of six boys, thus establishing the imperial court chapel choir. Until 1918, the choir sang the mass and performed exclusively for the court of the Habsburgs. After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the former court choir became a private organization, at which point it was renamed the Vienna Boys' Choir.

The choir is now made up of 100 boys between the ages of 10 and 14. It is divided into four concert choirs, named after great composers: Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Bruckner. The choir performs a diverse repertoire including classical choral works, musical hits and songs from films.

The choir also has its own primary, secondary and boarding schools, where students live and rehearse in the Augarten Palace, the former imperial hunting lodge in Vienna, which was built in Baroque style.

The choir gives around 300 concerts a year for around 500,000 viewers from around the world. The choir spends up to 11 weeks on tour each year, visiting the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, European countries and South America, every two years. They visit New Zealand and Australia every three years. Additionally, the choir performs at the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper Vienna and is a permanent member of the Salzburg festival.