Friday, December 16, 2011
The Vienna Boys Choir
Last night Gregg and I attended a performance given by The Vienna Boys Choir. I have been listening to them my whole life and when I learned that they were coming to the Hylton Theater Performing Arts Center in Manassas, I couldn't wait to snap up a couple of tickets. The place was sold out and we both thoroughly enjoyed our evening and judging by the standing ovation at the end, so did the rest of the audience.
I thought I would share a little of their history as written in the pamphlet we were given. The photo above came off the theater web site.
"Boys have been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century. In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. He gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and - in consequence - the Vienna Boys Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions."
You can read the rest of their biography here if you would like to learn more, and I found the following on YouTube.
On our way back home I took a few photos of the holiday lights in the neighborhood.
It's been a week of shopping, writing out Christmas Cards, wrapping up parcels for loved ones, standing in line at the post office to mail them off and chatting to the nice Indonesian gentleman about his trip back home and who has been working there every since I moved here 20 years ago, visiting friends, having friends visit me, and getting the house ready for company next week. I was late decorating the Christmas Tree but that's all done now. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.