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World-Renowned Vienna Boys Choir to Perform at Clarke, Nov. 21

posted on October 24, 2006

Clarke College will host a performance by the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in Terence Donaghoe Hall on the Clarke College campus. Ticket are $20 and can be purchased by visiting  www.clarke.edu/artsatclarke or by calling (563)584-8642 weekdays between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I of Austria moved his court and his court musicians from Innsbruck to Vienna. He gave specific instructions that there were to be six boys among his musicians. For want of a foundation charter, historians have settled on 1498 as the official foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and – in consequence – the Vienna Choir Boys. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the court, at mass, at private concerts and functions and on state occasions.

Today, one of the most well-known choirs in the world, the Vienna Boys Choir consists of about 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. The choirs give about 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. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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