Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY AT LISINSKI 2019./2020.
Programme: to be announced later
The Boys are Back in Town!
The Vienna Boys’ Choir, that is, Wiener Sängerknaben, is one of the world’s most famous children's choirs!
From 1498 to 1918, the boys’ choir that was part of the Vienna Imperial Music Chapel sang exclusively at private events and ceremonies of the Imperial Court. However, after 1918, when it became a public institution, its royal reputation spread throughout the world. The choristers’ imperial military uniforms were replaced with sailor uniforms, which were the fashion then. Croatian musicians – Lovro von Matačić and Max Emanuel Cenčić – also contributed to the success of the ensemble. Today, the choir has over 100 choristers (who come from around thirty countries) aged from 10 to 14 years. They are divided into four touring choirs: Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. These four choirs together annually give around 300 concerts before an audience of almost half a million, who comes to hear those angel voices in all parts of the world. Their appearances are much more than regular concerts; they bring on varied “music fireworks” of well-known melodies that resound in their generous clear sound and ambitious music spirit.
Each choir spends seven to eleven weeks of the academic year on tour around almost all European countries. They also frequently perform in Asia, Australia and America. Together with the members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the men's part of the Vienna State Opera Choir, the Vienna Boys’ Choir maintains the tradition of the Vienna Court musicians: they perform as Hofmusikkapelle at the Sunday services in the Imperial Chapel, as they did back in 1498.
The choir's repertoire includes pieces from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Lately, it has often performed with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. During the past decade, it has performed under conductors Pierre Boulez, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Christian Thielemann and others. The interest in the choir’s concerts does not wane – everybody wants to hear the world's best children’s voices united in cheering the greatest art – music!