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George Mason University's Center for the Arts Presents Vienna Boys Choir with "Christmas in Vienna" on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 8PM and Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at 4PM

December 1, 2014
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

“CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA”

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 1, 2014 – Few experiences capture the wonder and the magic of the holiday season quite like the Vienna Boys Choir, who bring their angelic voices to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax to perform a spirited Christmas concert of ancient hymns, traditional carols, popular holiday favorites and songs from around the world. “Christmas in Vienna” comes to the Center on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Under choirmaster Oliver Stech, Vienna Boys Choir performs a program that includes movements from Handel’s “Messiah” and excerpts from Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”; “Sandman” and “Evening Prayer” from Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera “Hansel and Gretel”; and holiday favorites such as “Let It Snow” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” 

Dating back to 1498, the history of the Vienna Boys Choir has been synonymous with many of the world’s great composers, including Mozart and Bruckner and Franz Schubert himself was even a chorister. With two Grammy Award-winning records, the Vienna Boys Choir’s recordings vary from sacred music to pop, traditional Viennese operettas, waltzes and polkas, Christmas music and more. The Vienna Boys Choir have maintained a presence on both stage and screen throughout the years, and recently appeared on an episode of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” in which the contestants had to learn a song in German and perform it alongside the boys. The Vienna Boys Choir was also recently the subject of “Bridging the Gap,” a documentary by Curt Faudon that chronicles the choir’s cross-cultural musical journeys.

For more information on the Vienna Boys Choir, please visit http://viennaboyschoir.net.

 

Program subject to change.

 

Tickets for VIENNA BOYS CHOIR’S “CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA” concert are $50, $43 and $30. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. 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 and Instagram 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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.