Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series has added a performance of the Vienna Choir Boys’ “Christmas in Vienna” on Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. at Fort Hill High School, Cumberland. The performance scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the FSU Performing Arts Center has limited seating available. Both performances are presented in conjunction with Best Western – The Braddock and NBC 25.
The Vienna Choir Boys performed in Frostburg in 2003 to a sold-out house and return to the area to present their holiday concert. People magazine’s special 2005 holiday edition includes the Vienna Choir Boys’ “Christmas in Vienna” concert in Branson, Mo., as a “Don’t Miss Opportunity.”
Emperor Maximilian I founded the Vienna Choir Boys more than 500 years ago to provide music for imperial court functions. When the Habsburg Empire fell apart in 1918, no funding was available to maintain the choir. Rather than dissolve the group, director Josef Schnitt decided to rename it as the Wiener Sängerknaben, exchange the imperial uniforms for sailor suits and take the choir on tour. Within a year, the Wiener Sängerknaben was performing in Berlin, Prague, and Zurich, and the choir’s itinerary expanded rapidly.
Today, there are around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. “Austria’s singing ambassadors” give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people, visiting virtually all of Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Their “Christmas in Vienna” concert plays to sold-out audiences across America and is a high demand performance.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the FSU Cultural Events Box Office at 301-687-3137 or toll free at 1-866-TIXX-CES, or visit online at ces.frostburg.edu.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.