Founded more than five hundred years ago, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is certainly the most famous boys’ choir of the world. Together with Confederation Centre of the Arts, the boys invite you to a concert presenting the works of W. A. Mozart, Strauss, and Haydn, among other works. This rare chance to see one of music’s most acclaimed choral ensembles takes place one night only, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre.
When Emperor Maximilian I decreed in 1498 that there were to be six boys among his court musicians, he had unwittingly laid the foundations for the Wiener Sängerknaben, known globally as the Vienna Boys´ Choir. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court attracted musicians like Mozart, Salieri, and Bruckner; Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert, whom were themselves choristers. The Chapel Imperial always travelled with the Emperor.
Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. They present around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world. Since 1926, the Choir has undertaken around 1,000 tours in 97 different countries; in that time, the boys have sung more than 27,000 concerts.
A Toronto Star reviewer attending one such concert in 2016 described the “pure unbroken treble voices” offering very impressive musicianship and entertainment. “These boys have been expertly trained, but there was also a humble humanity to the way the younger singers’ eyes and attentions wandered from time to time.”
Tickets are available in person at the Confederation Centre box office or via phone, (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com. Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor of LIVE @ the Centre, as well as media sponsors The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.