Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Vienna Boys Choir Performs Free Concert Oct. 24

Jones Auditorium - 10/24/13 - 10/24/13

or 361-593-2760


The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir comes to Texas A&M University-Kingsville for a free public performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 24 in Jones Auditorium, 855 N. Armstrong St. 

Choirmaster Manolo Cagnin will lead the choir in a performance of more than 20 pieces, from traditional choir works such as “Oh Fortuna” and “Ave Maria”, to modern pop pieces such as Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence” and “Thank You for the Music” by ABBA.

The performance is part of the university’s Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series.

For more information, call 361-593-2760.

About the Vienna Boys Choir

The tradition of the Vienna Boys Choir runs as far back as the early 15th century, performing in the court of the Holy Roman Emperor. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, private concerts and functions, and on state occasions. In 1918, after the breakdown of the Habsburg Empire, the Austrian government took over the court opera, its orchestra and the adult singers, but not the boys’ choir. The Vienna Boys Choir owes its survival to the initiative of Josef Schnitt, who became Dean of the Imperial Chapel in 1921. Schnitt established the boys’ choir as a private institution. In 1926 the choir started to give concerts outside of the chapel, performing motets, secular works, and - at the boys’ request – children’s operas.

Today, there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour.

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, waltzes and polkas by Lehar, Lanner and Strauss.

About the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series is a year-long program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The series strives to provide a new element of learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated through diverse mediums. Community members are welcome to continue life-long learning by attending these events.

This page was last updated on: October 14, 2013