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The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir will perform at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4 p.m., as part of the 2017-2018 Candler Concert Series.
One of the world’s oldest and most revered choral groups, the Vienna Boys Choir has been captivating audiences for more than 500 years, after it was formally established at Vienna's Imperial Chapel in 1498 by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Throughout history, such noted composers as Heinrich Isaac, Philippe de Monte, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Johann Joseph Fux, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Anton Bruckner have worked with the choir. Jacobus Gallus and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers.
Today, the Vienna Boys Choir consists of 100 boys between the ages of ten and fourteen, who are admitted by audition from dozens of nations and divided into four touring groups. The choir's repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Motets and lieder for boys choir form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the choir's own arrangements of quintessentially Viennese music like waltzes and polkas by Lanner, Lehár, and Strauss.