Looking for a fun way to kick-start the holidays? Then look no further. Charlotte Concerts is presenting the Vienna Boys Choir Wednesday, December 19, at Halton Theater on Central Piedmont Community College’s main campus.
Dubbed “a world treasure” by the Fort Worth Telegram, the Vienna Boys Choir is an internationally known ensemble with a rich history. In 1498, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court to Vienna, thus founding the Chapel Imperial, and the Boys Choir – even though they had been singing at the Imperial Chapel since 1296. The Boys sang exclusively for the imperial court at masses, celebration, and on state occasions until 1918.
Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four groups. Between them, the choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by half a million spectators around the world. Since 1924, 2502 choristers have sung over 1000 tours in 98 different countries. The boys have “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,” says the Washington Post. The angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a delightful program of Christmas hymns, Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, and holiday carols. For six centuries, these young cultural ambassadors have been adored the world over for their wide range of repertoire, purity of tone, and generosity of musical spirit. This is a treat for the whole family to enjoy!
Charlotte Concerts, founded in 1930, also has a well-known and rich history. The mission of Charlotte Concerts is to present the finest in internationally acclaimed performing artists and to provide music education initiatives for students. “Bringing the finest in internationally acclaimed performing artists provides the opportunity for the Charlotte community to hear the highest caliber of musical artistry. It is a musical experience that sets the highest standard…and truly changes people’s lives,” says Charlotte Concerts’ Executive Director, Diane Lumpkin Peery.
Charlotte Concerts has over 15 education initiatives built in to their yearly program, one of which is their Complimentary Student Ticket program. At each of the five performances in Charlotte Concerts’ season, students in the community are given the opportunity to attend these performances at no cost to themselves. To be able to hear a live performance in a professional theater is the opportunity of a lifetime and one that could very well shape the course of these students’ lives.
Don’t miss your opportunity to ring in the Christmas season this year with Charlotte Concerts and the Vienna Boys Choir. To purchase tickets call the CPCC box office at 704.330.6534or click here.