Centuries-Famous Choir Coming to Fisher Stage

Posted on 3/9/2015 6:34:52 PM

With more than 500 years of tradition to their credit, the Vienna Boys Choir will perform as the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania presents its next Ovations! series event.  Offering up a wide selection of repertoire from medieval to contemporary music, this one-night-only performance will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

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 offers around 300 performances annually for nearly half a million people across the globe.

The choirs share in tours, concerts in Vienna, CD recordings, and television appearances. A recent feature film, Silk Road: Songs Along the Road and Time, illustrates the life of a chorister during a year on tour.

Counter to its organizational age, the world’s most famous boys choir maintains its clear, soprano voices and remains perpetually young. Throughout its history, musicians like Heinrich Isaac, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, and Anton Bruckner worked with the choir. Composers Jacobus Gallus and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers.

The Vienna Boys Choir’s diverse, crowd-pleasing repertoire encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, international spirituals, and medieval chants. This will be the choir’s first appearance in Indiana.

Tickets for this March 18 event are available now online, or the Lively Arts’ online ticketing site. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313.

Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $26 for regular admission, $22 for seniors and groups, and $14 for I-Card holders as well as students and children.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.

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Vienna Boys Choir

Vienna Boys Choir

March 18, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries, the choir will be visiting IUP with a program that showcases these gifted young musicians and their unforgettably beautiful voices. This young group’s pure talent carries on the illustrious tradition of the Vienna Boys Choir as the world’s preeminent boy choir.

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For more information, visit Vienna Boys Choir, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.