November 8, 1987 |
"Hot ticket" is the name of the game for what is dubbed the Sunday morning "Mass of the Vienna Choir Boys." It has been that way at the Hofburg Chapel for as long as anybody can remember. Is there a church anywhere, besides St. Peter's in Rome, that on any given Sunday or Catholic holiday will attract throngs of shoulder-to-shoulder tourists to its highest solemn service?
February 1, 1999 |
Other ensembles come and go, but the Vienna Choir Boys seem to be forever. Now launched on its second half-millennium, the famed choir has visited the U.S. almost annually since 1932, and the 23-boy contingent heard Friday at Marsee Auditorium of the El Camino College Center for the Arts upheld its venerable traditions with joy and diligence. Organizationally, the path to the future has been an uneven one.
October 24, 1994 |
One of the best things about the Vienna Choir Boys is thatthey they never pretend to be anything but children. They may be vocally blessed, trained and disciplined, but there is no Hollywood hype, no hint at worldliness beyond their 10 to 14 years, no saccharin stabs at calculated cuteness. There is only purity of vocal production and of youth. These qualities distinguished their performance Saturday night at Segerstrom Hall.
January 22, 1994 |
Six years after Columbus landed in America, some five centuries ago, by the Emperor's decree, the choristers of the Imperial Chapel in Vienna began singing. One of the group's more recent members, having served a five-year stint in the early 19th Century, was Franz Schubert. Early this century, the collapse of the Hapsburg dynasty resulted in a brief hiatus for the choristers.
September 30, 1987 |
Every member of the legendary Vienna Choir Boys can tell you how far a roll of toilet paper unrolls. "At all the high-rise hotels they stay at, the boys always want to find how long a roll of toilet paper is," said Wally Adams, company manager for the choir's North American tours for the last 15 years. "Seventeen floors--that's the average, at least for hotel toilet rolls. I don't know about the home variety," he said with a laugh.