Vienna Boys Choir

Vienna Boys Choir, photo by Lukas Beck

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

October 22, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

Part of the 2017-2018 Candler Concert Series.

The young singers of the Vienna Boys Choir are world-renowned for their rapturous harmonies, celestial voices, and wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries. Captivating audiences for more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir has been associated with many of the world's great composers, including Mozart and Bruckner. Franz Schubert himself was a chorister.

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Artist Bios

Vienna Boys Choir

The Vienna Boys Choir, renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world for more than five centuries, is a frequent visitor to North America, performing throughout the country in everything from houses of worship to great concert venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Hall. The enormously popular chorus is actually comprised of four separate ensembles of boys between the ages of ten and fourteen, totaling one hundred choristers at the Vienna Boys Choir school at any given time. The four choirs are of equal standing, and the group’s tours, concerts in Vienna, and audio and video recording projects are shared among them. Each choir has a choirmaster and two tutors who travel with the boys. Approximately eleven weeks of the school year are devoted to touring, and each choir member sings about eighty concerts a year. Many of the boys have siblings, fathers, uncles, and even grandfathers who have also been members of the choir.

Manolo Cagnin, director

Born in Treviso, Italy, Manolo Cagnin embraced music early in life, studying violin as a child. In later work at the Conservatory of Venice and in Milan, he pursued choral conducting and composition, completing his studies under Kurt Masur and Fabio Luisi in Leipzig. In 2008, Cagnin was named conductor of one of the four touring choirs of the Vienna Boys Choir. He prepares the boys for masses with the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle, for appearances with the Vienna State Opera, for sound and video recordings, and for concerts both in Vienna and abroad. Cagnin enjoys working with the boys. “They possess character and spirit. This is reflected in the way they make music. The children learn from me, and I learn from them.” The repertoire is chosen to match the boys’ voices and personalities. The spirited choirmaster enjoys touring and has traveled with the choir to Vietnam, China, Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America.

Emory Concert Program

The Vienna Boys Choir concert at Emory includes over twenty choral works from Gregorian Chants to Bob Merrill's Mambo Italiano. View or download a full PDF of the evening's program.

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