The celestial voices of the Vienna Boys Choir will resound throughout La Crosse’s St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral this November.
The world-renowned choir, which traces its origins back to the 1400’s, will offer a concert of sacred music from the Cathedral sanctuary on Monday, November 20th, at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Monday, July 24, at the Viterbo University box office, 929 Jackson Street. Seating capacity for the concert is 800, with tickets priced at $40 and $30. “We are expecting to sell out all of the available seats,” said Dr. Brian Luckner, the Cathedral’s director of music and organist.
Luckner is excited about the choir’s visit to La Crosse, which will be the only Wisconsin stop on the group’s tour. The chorus has been considered one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world for more than five centuries. Appearances in the U.S. often include performances at major concert venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City. “It is indeed an honor to have them here,” Luckner said. “I’m sure it will be a moving and memorable performance.”
The enormously popular chorus is actually comprised of four separate ensembles of 23 – 26 boys each, all of them between the ages of 10 and 14. The history of the Vienna Boys Choir goes as far back as the 13th century but it was formally established at Vienna's Imperial Chapel in 1498 by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The many incarnations of the group have been performing continuously ever since.
The modern Vienna Boys Choir represents quite a departure from the composition of the original medieval choir of six boys. Today's Vienna Boys Choir is comprised of talented young singers from all over the world who are admitted by audition. Approximately 11 weeks of the school year are devoted to touring, and each choir member sings about 80 concerts a year. Many of the boys have siblings, fathers, uncles and even grandfathers who have also been members of the choir.
Audiences and critics worldwide have praised the talented singers of the choir for their beautiful voices, pure tone, irresistible charm, and wide-ranging repertoire. With a rich history dating back more than 500 years, the choir has been associated with many of the world’s greatest composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Bruckner. Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers.
Viterbo box office hours are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to the box office, tickets will be available online, at http://www.viterbo.edu/fac.