Published on February 6, 2024  

One of the most famous choirs in the world – and one of its oldest – will perform at Samford University.  The concert by the Vienna Boys Choir is set for February 19 at Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center.  The event is part of the Davis Architects Guest Artist Series.

The Vienna Boys Choir is a world-class ensemble that has been functioning since the 13th century.  The choir was founded as a performance group to the Holy Roman Emperor.  Over the centuries, it has included musicians Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert.  Until 1918, the boys sang exclusively for Vienna’s Imperial Chapel.  That’s when the Vienna Boys Choir was established as a private, nonprofit organization that also maintains three schools.  Since the 1920s, more than 2400 choristers have sung 1000 tours in 97 different countries.

"The Vienna Boys Choir is set apart from others in their dedication to excellence. The boys involved go through a rigorous audition process and start their musical educations at a very young age," said Kristin Kenning, director of Samford Opera. "These children travel the world bringing beauty and light wherever they go."

“Their reputation is sterling, and their repertory and roster through the ages constitute a Who’s Who of Western music history,” said Joel Davis, department chair for the music division of the School of Arts. “Their first return to the Wright Center since 2015 is an event not to be missed.”

This year’s performance is part of the group’s “On Stage” USA tour, which features 24 concerts in ten states.  Pieces from Verdi’s “Macbeth,” Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” and various film scores will be part of the program. Tickets can be purchased by following this link.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.