Centuries-Old Boys Choir Included in Ovations! Season

Posted on 6/27/2014 1:44:07 PM

Vienna Boys ChoirThe Vienna Boys Choir, performing since its founding in the 15th century, is among the final set of performances to be announced for the 2014–2015 Ovations! series. The series begins on September 16, 2014, with the previously announced engagement of trumpeter and showman Doc Severinsen.

Founded by imperial order of Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, the Vienna Boys Choir is a group of 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14 who are divided into four touring choirs. Each group gives around 300 performances annually for nearly half a million people across the globe. They will perform March 18, 2015, in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

According to the (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, “Their tone is pristine, their dynamics perfectly rendered, but of course it is their youth and pure soprano voices that make them unique.”

Martha Graham DanceAlso on the series will be the Martha Graham Dance Company performing March 2. Graham developed a revolutionary technique of movement which has been copied by companies all over the world. Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, she created a movement language based on the expressive capacity of the human body and is the very definition of the contemporary dance genre.

Te Amo dancersIn a set of two performances centered around the culture of Argentina, Te Amo, Argentina presents a unique combination of Tango dance, live music, and film. Winning a Latin Grammy in 2010, cellist and composer Antonio Lysy is the inspiration for this piece with show’s tango dancers, Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionievo, being two of the most beloved and talented tango dancers worldwide.

On March 26, the Pablo Ziegler Quartet for New Tango will perform. For decades, Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Ziegler has been leading figure in Argentine New Tango, the vibrant musical hybrid of classic tango and American jazz.

Combining several cultures into one single concert, Strings and Serpents is a collaboration by American pianist and composer Andy Milne, Japanese animator Saki Murotani, French pianist Benoit Delbecq, and two Japanese koto players. Being performed October 22, the work is a new piece that will add definition to the future of the new music movement.

In addition to Severinsen, previously announced performers on the Ovations! 2014–2015 season include the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on November 11, jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant on December 4, the Broadway touring musical Sister Act on January 20, Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on February 21, the Jones-Maruri Duo on April 9, and the New York touring musical Memphis.

Brochures detailing the full season, subscriptions, and other information will be available by mailed starting July 14. To be placed on the mailing list or for more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.