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Loyola Presents The Vienna Boys Choir

Loyola press release - October 5, 2017

One day only! The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir brings their heavenly singing to Loyola!

Loyola Presents next month an afternoon of beautiful music with the internationally acclaimed Vienna Boys Choir held in historic Holy Name of Jesus Church. Representatives of the choir are delighted to perform at Loyola University New Orleans, the only one among 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States to have a College of Music and Fine Arts and an award-winning School of Music replete with opera and voice programs.

“We love singing in American universities — the audiences are musical, and there is always a wonderful energy in the air. Plus, Loyola is in New Orleans, so …. laissez les bon temps Loyola!” said conductor Manolo Cagnin.

With celestial voices, pure tone, and irresistible charm, the Vienna Boys Choir has been a cultural presence for approximately 500 years. Historians agree on 1498 as the choir’s inception date, but until 1918, this secret gem performed exclusively for the imperial court, mass, and private functions. Some of these private functions included legendary composers like Haydn, Mozart, Bruckner, and Schubert.

Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14 from 31 nations, divided into four touring groups. Altogether, the four choirs give as many as 300 concerts and performances each year, reaching half a million people throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Loyola University New Orleans is honored to provide this opportunity to its campus and the greater New Orleans community.

The Vienna Boys Choir performs classical and contemporary works which vary each season. This fall, they will bring “Bella Italia,” a program of popular and classical compositions from beautiful Italy, including classical pieces by Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, Mascagni, and other Italian composers alongside popular favorites such as Santa Lucia, O Sole Mio, Volare, and more. Later in the season, the choir will switch to “Christmas in Vienna” to capture the wonder and magic of the holiday season.

The choir has a close association with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, along with the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the group maintains the tradition of Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, still providing music for Sunday mass as they have done since 1498. Since their first audio recording in 1907, the Vienna Boys Choir has recorded more than 300 singles, LPs, and CDs, the most recent of which was the hugely successful Merry Christmas from Vienna.

American media outlets have heaped praise upon the Vienna Boys Choir. The Washington Post says the choir has “totally disciplined voices tempered by a singular sense of ease and consistency, and a sound conveying ebullience, humor or solemnity as the music called for.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer calls them “a superb musical ensemble…(with) clarion sound.” The New York Times describes them as “bright, light voices through the centuries.”

“For six centuries, the Vienna Boys Choir has been revered around the world for their wide range of repertoire, purity of tone, and vibrant, uplifting performances,” said Meg Frazier, director of the School of Music at Loyola. “Seeing the Vienna Boys Choir perform live is the experience of a lifetime for many, and we are thrilled to provide this opportunity to our campus and residents of our city.”

For more information about the Vienna Boys Choir, visit www.wsk.at/en

Loyola Presents The Vienna Boys Choir at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Holy Name of Jesus Church at 6367 St. Charles Ave. Tickets range from $20-60. The event is presented by Loyola University of New Orleans’ award-winning School of Music. Tickets are available through presents.loyno.edu, by emailing tickets@loyno.edu, or through the Loyola Box Office at (504)865-2074. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance. The Box Office is located in the breezeway of the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of Calhoun St. and St. Charles Ave.