A Show 700 years in the making
Posted on 12/04/2017
Want to get into the holiday spirit? Come on down to State Theatre New Jersey on December 10th and listen to the beautiful harmonies and operatic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir! Audience members will be sure to leave excited for the holiday season!
Let’s go back when the Vienna Boys Choir came to be. It all started in 1296, 721 years ago, when a boys choir group first started singing at what is now Vienna’s Imperial Chapel. The choir did not have a name yet, in fact, it wasn’t until 1498 that Roman Emperor Maximillian I founded the Hofmusikkapelle (Imperial Chapel) and established the Vienna Boys Choir as an official choir group. The role of the choir during this time was to accompany church mass.
Over the centuries, the Vienna Boys Choir has worked with well-known musicians such as Heinrich Isaac, Paul Hofhaimer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Schubert. Schubert and famous composers Michael and Joseph Haydn were members of the choir in their youth. The choir has worked with and produced some incredible musicians showing the level of excellence that Vienna Boys Choir strives to accomplish.
Presently, the choir has evolved from being accompaniment to church mass. The group is now divided into four different choirs: Bruckner, Haydn, Schubert, and Mozart, each of these choirs honor the legacy of these respective Austrian composers. The choirs put on a staggering 300 shows a year and perform to up to half a million people a year traveling all over the world.
The history of the Vienna Boys Choir is a long and impressive one. Their performances are rich with history performing pieces from composers such as Mozart and Schubert, but they also perform holiday classics such as "O Holy Night," "Jingle Bells", and "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas." This is an event you don’t want to miss! Come join us at State Theatre New Jersey on December 10, 2017 at 3pm for the Vienna Boys Choir, a performance that will put you in the holiday spirit!
By Katherine Hill