Contributed by the Vienna Boys Choir
AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at 8 p.m.
AND THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at 4 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 29, 2013 – The joy and spirit of Christmas comes alive when the angelic voices of these delightful Austrian lads rise together in song. The Vienna Boys Choir brings its “Christmas in Vienna” concert to two performing arts venues in Northern Virginia this winter, presenting a heartwarming program filled with classical and popular music, including traditional Christmas carols, Gregorian chant, songs from around the world and popular holiday favorites.
The Vienna Boys Choir appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. as a part of the Center’s 2013-2014 Great Performances at Mason season. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
The ensemble also presents “Christmas in Vienna” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at 4 p.m., as a part of the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents season, which is sponsored by Novant Health. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.
Under Choirmaster Manolo Cagnin, the Vienna Boys Choir will perform such works as Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna/Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi” from “Carmina Burana,” Tomás Luis de Victoria’s “Ave Maria,” Johann Strauss Jr.’s “The Blue Danube” waltz and “Tritsch Tratsch” polka, Michael Praetorius’ “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and a collection of more contemporary holiday songs including “Jingle Bells,” “Feliz Navidad” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
“Their tone is pristine, their dynamics perfectly rendered, but, of course, it is their youth and pure soprano voices that make them unique,” raves the Charleston Post and Courier about this revered choir that was founded more than half a millennium ago, when Emperor Maximilian I moved his court to Vienna in 1498 and requested that six singing boys were among his court musicians. Throughout the centuries, the Vienna Boys Choir has collaborated with some of the world’s greatest composers, including Mozart, Biber and Bruckner; Franz Schubert himself was even a chorister in the ensemble when he was a boy. The choir performed exclusively for imperial court and at mass, private concerts, functions and other state occasions until the fall of the Habsburg Empire. The Vienna Boys Choir was established as a private institution in 1921, and in order to pay for the boys’ upkeep, the choir began performing for audiences outside the chapel, and within a few years, quickly became an international phenomenon. The choir has released numerous albums – including two Grammy Award-winning records – featuring sacred music; traditional Viennese operettas, waltzes and polkas; Christmas carols; folk music; and pop music. Today, the Vienna Boys Choir comprises 100 boys between ages 10 and 14, who are divided into four touring choirs that perform almost 300 concerts for nearly half a million people around the globe each season.
Program subject to change.
Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor
at the Hylton Performing Arts Center
TICKETS FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:
Tickets for VIENNA BOYS CHOIR’S “CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA” are $50, $42 and $25. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with young 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 at @GMU_CFA.
TICKETS FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:
Tickets for VIENNA BOYS CHOIR’S “CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA” are $50, $42 and $34. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with young 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. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.
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 the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.
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