A Vienna Boys Choir performance is an enchanting event. The “breathtaking” choir is “totally disciplined voices tempered by a singular sense of ease and consistency” (Washington Post). Boys have been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century. In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna, and 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 and in consequence the Vienna Boys Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions. The Vienna Boys Choir has delighted music lovers for six centuries with their purity of tone, charm, and crowd-pleasing repertoire. This performance marks their second appearance at Koerner Hall.
Gaudete! from the Piae cantiones (arr. Gerald Wirth)
Carl Orff: “O Fortuna” from Carmina burana
Lodovico Grossi da Viadana: Exultate iusti
Adriano Banchieri: “Capricciata à tre voci” and “Contrappunto bestiale alle mente” from Festino nella sera del Giovedi grasso avanti cena (arr. Gerald Wirth)
Henry Purcell: Four pieces from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z 323
Joseph von Eybler: Omnes de Saba venient
Friedrich Silcher: Lorelei (arr. Gerald Wirth)
Johannes Brahms: Regina coeli, op. 37, no. 3
Raoul Gehringer: Tod und Liebe
Franz Biebl: Ave Maria – Angelus Domini
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley: “A Wonderful Day” from The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd (arr. Norman Leyden)
Elton John: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King
Leonard Bernstein: “Somewhere” from West Side Story
Eric Whitacre: The Seal Lullaby
Richard Rodgers: “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music
Ástor Piazzolla: Libertango (rr. Oscar Escalada)
Eduardo Di Capua and Emanuele Alfredo Mazzucchi: O sole mio
Josef Strauss: Matrosenpolka, op. 52 (arr. Gerald Wirth)
Johann Strauss II: Unter Donner und Blitz, op. 324 (arr. Anton Fergusson)
Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau, op. 314 (arr. Gerald Wirth)
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