Published on October 7, 2015 by Jimmy Lichtenwalter  
Vienna Boys Choir

Samford University will host the internationally-renowned Vienna Boys Choir for an Oct. 20 performance at the Leslie S. Wright Center. The 7:30 p.m. concert is part of the Samford Arts Signature Series.

Tickets begin at $25 and are available online or through the Samford box office in Swearingen Hall.

“They are the standard bearer and have been so for more than 500 years,” Kenny Gannon, the Director of Performance Venues said.

Founded in 1498, the choir performed exclusively in the Vienna imperial court until 1918. It did not receive their current title, Die Wiener Sängerknaben (The Vienna Boys Choir) until 1922. In 1926, it began touring the world and performing, with their first performance in the United States taking placing in 1932.

The choir is known for its distinctive sound and dress. While on stage, the boys wear sailor suits as they sing.

“It was the height of fashion for boys in the 1920s,” explained Gannon.

This year the concert is titled “Around the World in 80 Minutes.” The performance will cover a wide variety of countries and musical genres. The group will sing will everything from traditional folk songs, classical pieces, current pop music, holiday songs and even the works of the Beatles.

“They will be singing songs from England, France, Italy, India, China, Japan, Ireland and the United States,” said Gannon. “I am particularly looking forward to music by Georges Bizet and Giuseppe Verdi.”

Jimmy Lichtenwalter is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.