Vienna Boys Choir to Sing to Sold Out Crowd at Hill College
HILLSBORO – The Hill College Performing Arts Series, now in its 20th season, will welcome the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 28. Due to special requirements of this ensemble, the doors will not open for this performance until approximately 7 - 7:15 p.m.
Attendees needing special assistance will be allowed to gather in the band hall prior to the opening of the house (the band hall is located in the north PAC where the word “MUSIC” appears in large blue letters on the exterior of the facility). Ample disability parking is available on both sides of the PAC. No additional tickets will be available for this event and all attendees must have their ticket in hand to enter the concert.
Vienna Boys Choir sang exclusively for the imperial court of the Holy Roman Emperor in Vienna, Austria from the late 15th century until 1918, when the Austrian government took over most of the court ensembles. The boys choir, however, was somewhat in limbo until Dean of the Imperial Chapel Josef Schnitt established it as a private institution in 1921, also changing the uniform to the sailor outfit which was popular attire for young boys at that time. The decision to start touring outside of Vienna was prompted by the lack of patron or state funding, a reality many musicians faced beginning in the 19th century when the old patronage system gradually disappeared.
Famous composers and musicians including Johann Joseph Fux, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert have been involved with the choir over the centuries. Although the choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians, providing music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, the 100 choristers (all between the ages of 10-14) of the four touring choirs today give approximately 300 concerts and performances each year throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
Motets and lieder for boys choir as well as the group’s own arrangements of the music of Vienna such as waltzes and polkas form the core of their touring repertoire. They also, however, perform everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music, opera and music for film, appearing on the soundtrack of many Hollywood movies.
A reception provided by the Hill County Retired Teachers Association will follow the event. Again, due to the special nature of this group, interaction with the boys may be limited. More information on the series is available by visiting www.hillcollege.edu/performingartsseries.
If you would like to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series, you are invited to become a Benefactor ($100), a Sustainer ($50), a Patron ($25), or a Supporter ($10) of the Hill College Performing Arts Series. Also, for a donation of $1,000 or more you can become a Lifetime Benefactor. Names of lifetime benefactors, benefactors, sustainers, patrons and supporters appear in each program. You may send your donation to: Hill College Music Dept., Attention: Phillip Lowe, 112 Lamar Dr., Hillsboro, TX, 76645. Please make checks payable to Hill College.