Extraordinary Melodies from the Blue Danube – Vienna Boys Choir Concert
The Vienna Boys Choir, with more than 500 years of history, has been recognized as the foremost all-male choral group in the world. With the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, they were called the two great national treasures of Austria. Since the 14th century, the choir has sung in weekly Sunday masses at the Imperial Chapel of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, a tradition that continues today. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court has attracted musicians like Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, they themselves choir boys. In Vienna, it is considered the proudest childhood experience for a boy to become a member of the Boys Choir. The Vienna Boys Choir is characterized by classical music works, especially European. The chorus repertoire includes serene church music, romantic and elegant songs, melodious country ballads, as well as the Strauss family’s most popular waltzes and operas. Oliver Stech was appointed Kapellmeister (choirmaster) of the Vienna Boys Choir in January of 2011. Stech is responsible for the concert and tour repertoire; he conducts choir and solo rehearsals and prepares the boys for service at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel. In addition, he trains boys for productions at the Vienna State Opera and at the Vienna Volksoper. Oliver Stech was born in Waidhofen/Ybbs in Lower Austria. He had piano and singing lessons as a child. He went on to study romance languages at the University of Vienna and voice and music education at the University of Music, focusing on choral and ensemble conducting. In addition to his studies with Alois Glassner and Johannes Hiemetsberger, he took courses in conducting with Robert Sund and Jing Ling Tam. Oliver Stech began to conduct while still a student.
Date: October 2, 7:30 pm
Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Address: 425 Dingxiang Road
Admission: 80 yuan to 580 yuan
Call 6854-1234 for more details