The Vienna Boys Choir, renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world for more than five centuries, will be performing at the McCallum Theatre at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The performance is presented through the generosity of John Monahan and Jeremy Hobbs and the Western Wind Foundation.
The Vienna Boys Choir is a frequent visitor to North America, performing in everything from houses of worship to great concert venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Hall.
The enormously popular chorus is actually comprised of four separate ensembles of 23 to 26 boys each, totaling 100 choristers at the Vienna Boys Choir’s school at any given time—all of them between the ages of 10 and 14. The four choirs are of equal standing, and the Vienna Boys Choir’s tours, concerts in Vienna, and audio/video recording projects are shared among them. Each choir has a choirmaster and two tutors who travel with the boys. 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.
The Vienna Boys Choir can trace its history 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. The choir visiting the U.S. has included boys hailing from Austria, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines and the U.S.
Please note that proof of vaccination is required for entry into all McCallum Theatre performances. Masks must be worn at all times regardless of vaccination status except when eating or drinking. For updated information on health and safety protocols, please visit www.mccallumtheatre.org
Tickets for this performance are priced at $78, $58 and $28. Tickets are available at www.mccallumtheatre.org or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.