Vienna Choir Boys
The Vienna Choir Boys, one of the oldest boys’ choirs in the world, is the featured entertainment Nov. 1 following the Cowley College Endowment Association’s annual banquet. The choir will perform at 8 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre inside the Brown Center on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students K-12. They may be purchased at the Sid Regnier Bookstore, 207 W. Fifth Ave., or charge by phone by calling (620) 441-5277.
For nearly five hundred years, the Vienna Boys’ Choir has been a symbol of Austria. A founding document of Maximilian I in 1498 called the first dozen boys to the imperial court as members of the newly formed court music band. Since then the Vienna Boys’ Choir has been a fixed attraction in Austrian musical life.
The Vienna Boys’ Choir has given concerts under nearly all the great conductors of this century. And, as ever, every Sunday the Vienna Boys’ Choir sings solemn mass in Vienna’s Hofburg chapel, continuing a tradition unbroken since 1498.
The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. In the 1970s, the choir started to perform Heinz Kratochwil’s a cappella arrangements of Beatles’ songs. In 2002, they recorded their first ever pop album; featuring songs by Madonna, Celine Dion and Robbie Williams. The choir has contributed to a number of soundtracks in recent years, including Primal Fear (USA 1996) and The 13th Floor (USA 1999).