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VIENNA BOYS CHOIR PRESENT "CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA" ON DEC. 14 AT 8PM

November 14, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

“CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA”

Kerem Sezen, choirmaster

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 14, 2012 – Nothing evokes the joy and magic of the holidays quite like the celestial voices of these extraordinary Austrian youngsters who return with their exquisite Christmas concert. The Vienna Boys Choir bring “Christmas in Vienna” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the concert on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

This enchanting musical evening features everything from Gregorian chant and traditional Christmas carols to popular holiday favorites and songs from across the globe. Under longtime Choirmaster Kerem Sezen, the choir will perform works by Schubert, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Britten and even a couple of popular hits by Billy Joel and Freddie Mercury.

“The angelic voices of this most famous group are ageless,” proclaims the Salt Lake Tribune about this celebrated choir that was founded in 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I moved his court to Vienna and requested that six singing boys were among his court musicians. Throughout the centuries, the choir attracted some of the world’s greatest composers, including Mozart, Bruckner and even Franz Schubert, who was a chorister when he was a boy. The Vienna Boys Choir performed exclusively for the imperial court and at mass, private concerts, functions and other state occasions until the fall of the Habsburg Empire. In 1921, Josef Schnitt established the Vienna Boys Choir as a private institution and to pay for the boys’ upkeep, the choir began performing for audiences outside the chapel. In just a few short years, the choir became an international phenomenon with performances across the globe. Throughout the years, the Vienna Boys Choir has released numerous albums featuring sacred music; traditional Viennese operettas, waltzes and polkas; Christmas albums; folk songs; and even an album of popular music, including Beatles and Madonna covers. The choir has also appeared in several films, including Disney’s 1962 film, “Almost Angels,” and in 2009, Curt Faudon’s “Silk Road,” a “behind-the-scenes” documentary that explores the choir’s rich history. The Vienna Boys Choir also participated in Faudon’s to-be-released documentary, “Bridging the Gap.” Today, the Vienna Boys Choir is composed of 100 boys between ages 10 and 14, who are divided into four touring choirs that tour nine to 11 weeks each year, performing almost 300 concerts for nearly a half million people across the globe. 

Tickets for VIENNA BOYS CHOIR’s “CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA” are $25, $42 and $50. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

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