Christmas at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with The Vienna Boys Choir
Presented by Cathedral of the Holy Cross
December 2, 2012
Boston, MA--Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross proudly presents "Christmas at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with The Vienna Boys Choir" on Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 P.M. This superb holiday concert will be hosted by radio personality and voice of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ron Della Chiesa. The architecturally significant Cathedral of the Holy Cross, located at 1400 Washington Street in Boston's South End, is the largest Roman Catholic church in New England.
About the Vienna Boys Choir:
In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I 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 Boys' Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the court, at mass, at private concerts and functions and on state occasions.
Musicians like Heinrich Isaac, Paul Hofhaimer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Joseph Fux, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri and Anton Bruckner worked with the choir. Composers Jacobus Gallus, Franz Schubert and conductors Hans Richter, Felix Mottl and Clemens Krauss were themselves choristers. Brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn were members of the choir of St. Stephen's Cathedral, and sang frequently with the imperial boys' choir.
Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people with each group spending nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.