Vienna Boys Choir in 39-City Tour
Bringing Their Irrepressible Energy to Venues Throughout the U.S.
New CD to be Released 5 October
The Vienna Boys Choir makes a much anticipated return to the U.S. on 28 October 2018, visiting 39 cities throughout the country, from Maine to Washington state. Along with their conductor, Oliver Stech, they will bring two brand new concert programs for the tour. The first, V ienna Waits for You , features a typically broad range of repertoire including sacred, secular, folk and popular titles with a focus on the great Viennese musical traditions, and a nod to American audiences as well. Later in the tour they will switch to a new iteration of their holiday program, Christmas in Vienna.
The modern Vienna Boys Choir bears little resemblance to the original group of six boys invited to sing at the Viennese court many centuries ago. Today, the Vienna Boys Choir consists of 100 boys between the ages of ten and fourteen, from dozens of nations, divided into four touring groups. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. Between them, the four choirs give 300 concerts and performances each year before almost half a million people. They visit virtually all European countries, and are frequent guests in Asia, Australia, and the Americas. The Vienna Boys Choir also has a close association with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with members of the orchestra and the men of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle (Chapel Imperial) they still provide the music for Sunday mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498. The group is active in education and community engagement, sponsoring music academies in both Vienna and Hong Kong. The VBC performs music from all over the world and has for years commissioned new music as well. The Choir has appeared many times on screen and is featured in four films by Curt Faudon, including Songs for Mary, Silk Road and Bridging the Gap. In the realm of audio recording, the Choir has been active since the 1930s, appearing on practically every major label. In 2015, the choir signed a long-term partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. Their first joint project was a hugely successful Christmas CD, Merry Christmas from Vienna. Their next recording, Strauss For Ever, will be released on October 5th.
Oliver Stech became choirmaster of the Vienna Boys Choir in January of 2011. He has led the choir on tours of Europe, Asia, South America, and the USA, 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, the Vienna Volksoper, and for performances of large symphonic and choral works. In this capacity, he has collaborated with conductors such as Christian Aming, Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, and Franz Welser-Möst. He also leads the boys in appearances on radio and television, sound recordings and film shoots, which are part of the choir’s routine. Mr. Stech conducted the boys on the set of two of Curt Faudon’s films, in Palestine, Italy, and Austria. Mr. Stech is a singer and former chorus member himself, and started conducting while still a student. In 2010, he became a lecturer at the University of Music in Vienna, his alma mater.
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