Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Celebration at Plymouth Memorial Hall

Spectacle Management Presents
Vienna Boys Choir 
Holiday Celebration

At Plymouth Memorial Hall
Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm


Tickets On Sale Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 29, 2019

CONTACT: Andrew Cook, acook@spectaclemanagement.net

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Plymouth, MA – Spectacle Management is proud to present the Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm at Plymouth Memorial Hall.

The angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a delightful program of Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, Christmas hymns, and holiday carols. For six centuries, these young cultural ambassadors have been adored the world over for their wide range of repertoire, purity of tone, and generosity of musical spirit.

Tickets for the Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm at Plymouth Memorial Hall are $39-$89, and are on sale Friday at 10:00 am at www.memorialhall.com, or by calling 1 (800) 657- 8774.

 

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

The Wiener Sängerknaben, or Vienna Boys' Choir, is the world's foremost children's choral group. It is also among the oldest of all musical organizations, having been founded pursuant to an Imperial decree of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I on July 7, 1498; the Emperor wished boys' voices to be added to the choir of the Imperial Chapel, or Hofkapelle. This established a tradition of having the boys sing in weekly Sunday masses in the Imperial Chapel of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, a tradition that continues today.

Over the centuries, illustrious composers have written masterpieces for the Boys' Choir of the Imperial Chapel, including Mozart, Bruckner, Gluck, and Schubert. Many great musicians got their start as members of the Boys' Choir; among them were the great conductors Hans Richter, Clemens Krauss, and Lovro von Matacic. During the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the choir became renowned for its secular performances as well, appearing in colorful Imperial-style military uniforms. After World War I, wide popular and governmental disfavor of all things Imperial resulted in the dissolution of many long-standing institutions, including the Imperial Chapel Choir. However, Chaplain Joseph Schnitt remained in his position at the chapel and re-gathered the choir. Sparing no personal expense, he re-established a boarding school for the choristers. He replaced the imperial uniforms with a distinctive sailor-style uniform.

The Vienna Boys' Choir has one of the most stringent training and admittance policies in the world. Boys wishing to join must first gain entrance to a preparatory school where they receive a complete elementary education. Their instruction includes elements of musical theory, sight-singing, and the practice of singing, and instruction on at least one instrument; at the age of nine, they have to pass an examination based strictly on musical ability and vocal quality. There is no religious requirement. The teaching is purposely intensive in order that their education not be slighted due to the frequent touring. There are usually two choirs away on a tour at any given time, most frequently for three months. They are accompanied by their choirmaster, their tutor, and a nurse. Vienna Choir Boys have visited the United States well in excess of 50 times since 1932, and have traveled to all six inhabited continents. They are beloved the world over for their lively singing style and beautiful tone and have commissioned a number of new works, including Britten's The Golden Vanity.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for the Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm at Plymouth Memorial Hall are $39-89, and go on sale Friday at 10:00 am at www.memorialhall.com or by calling 1 (800) 657- 8774.


PLYMOUTH MEMORIAL HALL
This 1,300-seat venue was erected in 1924 and dedicated in 1926 to Plymouth residents who had served their country. Formerly the site of the Hedge House, Plymouth Memorial Hall has seen many events in its many decades of operation, from big name acts such as Twisted Sister, Lifehouse, Bob Dylan, and Cage Titans, to smaller events such as dance competitions, wrestling events, and tribute bands. The Hall has been used for weddings and receptions, in addition to local high school graduations and the Police Academy graduation. The Plymouth Philharmonic calls Memorial Hall home for their shows throughout the year. In 2004, Memorial Hall underwent a $7M renovation to restore the space, as well as to add a few upgrades. www.memorialhall.com

SPECTACLE MANAGEMENT
Spectacle Management is a full-service booking, marketing and promotion company with offices in Boston and Lexington. For more information, please contact Pete Lally, plally@specmgt.com and 617-531-1257. www.spectacleshows.com

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Andrew Cook