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October 7, 2013


Vienna Boys’ Choir to make long awaited return to Ark City on Nov. 11


Vienna Boys

Returning to Arkansas City for the first time since 2005, the world famous Vienna Boys’ Choir will be the featured entertainment Nov. 11 following the Cowley College Endowment Association’s annual banquet.

The Vienna Boys’ Choir, one of the most prestigious boys’ choirs in the world, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre inside the Brown Center on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.

Adult tickets are $35.00, and the cost of student tickets is $25.00. Tickets may be purchased at the Cowley Box Office, through the Internet Box Office, or charged by phone by calling (620) 441-5570.  Gold cards are not valid for the Vienna Boys' Choir concert. Go to boxoffice for more information.

Those that received an invitation to the Endowment Banquet should mail or bring their reservations to Cowley College Endowment Office, Galle Johnson Hall, Room 208, 125 S. 2nd Street, Arkansas City, KS, 67005. A block of seats for the Vienna Boys' Choir concert has been reserved for Endowment Banquet attendees.

For nearly five hundred years, the Vienna Choir Boys have 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. Thus he showed his great interest in contemporary musical developments in Burgundy and the Netherlands. Since then the Vienna Choir boys have been a fixed attraction in Austrian musical life.

Over the centuries, the choir has worked with many composers including Heinrich Isaac, Hofhaimer, Biber, Fux, Caldara, Gluck, Salieri, Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Bruckner.

Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people.

Each group spends nine to 11 weeks of the school year on tour.

The choir is a private, not-for-profit organization. Gerald Wirth has served as the choir's artistic director since 2001.

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 best-selling CD was nominated for the 2003 Amadeus, the Austrian music award. The choir has contributed to a number of soundtracks in recent years, including Primal Fear ( USA 1996) and The 13th Floor ( USA 1999).

In recent years, The Vienna Boys’ Choir has sought to update its image, recording pop music selections and adopting an alternative uniform to the sailor suits used since the 1920s, allowing the boys to dance as they sing.

The Vienna Boys' Choir is sponsored by the Cowley College Alumni & Endowment Association, with generous support from Farm Bureau Financial Services' agents Jeff Swanson and Mitch Reichle, CPA Solutions L.L.C., MidAmerican Credit Union, and The Trust Company of Kansas.

Don’t miss your chance to hear these amazing voices as it promises to be one of the best shows on the Brown Center stage!