Lyceum Series Presents the Vienna Choir Boys

The world-famous Vienna Choir Boys will continue the rich tradition of Truman’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Baldwin Auditorium.

For more than five centuries, the Vienna Choir Boys have captured the attention of millions with their unique charm and exquisitely beautiful singing. As one of the world’s oldest and best-loved musical organizations, the choir has become a symbol of Vienna’s rich musical and cultural legacy.

The legacy of the Vienna Choir boys was started in 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I moved his imperial court from Innsbruck to Vienna, and ordered that six boys would be court entertainers. Fulfilling their original mission, the Vienna choir boys continue singing the Sunday Mass at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna, just as they have every week since their founding. The choir boys perform the service with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus.

The Vienna Choir Boys consists of about 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs.

The four choirs perform about 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost 500,000 people. Each group spends between nine and 11 weeks of the school year on tour, visiting virtually all European countries, and making frequent visits to Asia, Australia and the Americas. Geral Wirth succeeded Norbert Baltsch as the choir’s artistic director in 2001.

The Vienna Choir Boys last performance at Truman as part of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series came in November 2000.

Tickets to the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series presentation of the Vienna Choir Boys are free to students, faculty and staff. Students may pick their tickets up in the Student Activities Board (SAB) office, which is located on third floor of the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may pick their tickets up at the Center for Student Involvement, lower level of the Student Union Building.

The Truman Bookstore, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, is a gold level corporate sponsor of the Series. Contact the Public Relations Office at 785.4016 for more information.
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