Vienna Boys Choir brings Christmas in Vienna to Carnegie Hall

12.03.14
Vienna Boys Choir

One of the world's oldest and most revered choral groups, the Vienna Boys Choir, will perform Christmas in Vienna at Carnegie Hall- Isaac Stern Auditorium on December 14, 2014 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 212-247-7800 or click here for more information.

The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.

Couperin, Mendelssohn, Handel, Kodály, and Monteverdi find their place in the program, as well as beloved holiday classics like "Let it Snow", "Carol of the Bells", and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Rounding out the first half of the show are excerpts from Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" as well as "Hail, Holy Queen" from the popular movie Sister Act. The second half of the program celebrates Christmas favorites from Austria, Germany and the United States authored and arranged by composers from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

This program is a celebration of the holiday season and, of course, the rich history and phenomenal sound that the Vienna Boys Choir has to offer.

About the Vienna Boys Choir

Founded in 1498 under the reign of Austrian Emperor Maximilian I, the Vienna Boys Choir has remained a symbol of artistic perfection and purity for over six centuries. Today there are 100 choristers from 30 different nations between the ages of  ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. Between them, the four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Gerald Wirth, the choir’s artistic director and president, received his first musical training as a member of the choir and at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz, Austria, where he studied voice, oboe and piano. He has conducted choirs and orchestras in many countries, and played and sung himself in a number of ensembles. His first love is the voice; as is evident from his compositions: he has written four children’s operas, a Mass, motets and countless arrangements for choirs. In 2001, Wirth became the artistic director of the Vienna Boys Choir, in 2013, he was elected president. While he is keenly aware of the choir’s rich tradition, he continuously explores new ways to create and make music. Wirth firmly believes that music has a positive influence on every aspect of a personality

Oliver Stech was appointed Kapellmeister (choirmaster) of the Vienna Boys’ Choir in January of 2011. He has since led his choir in numerous concerts, and on tours of Austria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, South America, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Oliver is responsible for the concert and tour repertoire; he conducts choir and solo rehearsals and prepares the boys for the sung services at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel. In addition, he trains the boys for productions at the Vienna State Opera and at the Vienna Volksoper, and for performances of large symphonic and choral works. He has worked with conductors such as Christian Aming, Vladimir Fedosejev, Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, and Franz Welser-Möst. Oliver conducted the choirboys on location in Italy and in an Austrian ice cave for Curt Faudon's Christmas film on the choir, “Songs for Mary," and on location in Jerusalem for Curt Faudon's “Good Shepherds”.