Brisbane to host World Premiere of iconic Australian commission for Choir
One of the world’s greatest choirs The Vienna Boys Choir returns to Australia for a very special national tour, premiering in Brisbane on September 9 this year, and taking in Queensland regional centres Toowoomba, Maryborough and the Gold Coast.
In its first tour of Australia since 2005, the Vienna Boys’ Choir will feature 24 carefully chosen choristers between the ages of 10 to 14 performing a wide range of its inspiring repertoire from the Renaissance to works by composers such as Mozart, Johann Strauss and Schubert.
For more than 500 years the Vienna Boys Choir (or Wiener Sängerknaben) has been an enduring symbol of Europe, having performed woks of composers such as Fux, Salieri, Haydn, Bruckner and Schubert (who was himself a chorister) as well as conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sir George Solti.
The choir is one of the world’s most active musical ensembles and performs over 300 concerts a year. While providing the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel (which they have done since 1498!) the choir also tours internationally, performing each year in some of the world’s finest concert halls.
Elena Kats-Chernin has been in Vienna rehearsing with the young choir who are very excited by their up- coming tour. “I love the clarity and agility of those voices. They can be bird-like as well as earthy, depending on the registers and there is much vocal colour to inspire a composer. VBC is an incredible ensemble, the perfection of their singing is second to none and I feel free to write challenging textures,” she said.
This is a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of 24 of the world’s youngest voices in one of the world’s oldest musical traditions.
(Elena is nominated for a Helpmann award for her Symphonia Eluvium which premiered at last year’s Brisbane Festival, a work about the Queensland floods, and now she will premiere this new commission during the Brisbane Festival this year with the Vienna Boys Choir.)
(We also have a small content video of our own, about Elena, the poem and the Choir, available here: https://vimeo.com/theunderscore/sunburntharmonies)
Vienna Boys Choir Queensland Tour 2012
Brisbane Concert 1
Brisbane Concert 2
Source = Kath Rose & Associates