Vienna Choir Boys present Loma Linda concert
The internationally renowned Vienna Choir Boys sing “O Praise the Lord” at a concert held in the Loma Linda University Church on Thursday evening, October 27.
The internationally renowned Vienna Choir Boys presented a concert to a standing-room only audience at the Loma Linda University Church on Thursday evening, October 27.
The event was sponsored by the National Auxiliary to the Alumni Association of the School of Medicine. Proceeds from the event benefited the mission projects of the organization.
Directed by Martin Schebesta, the Vienna Choir Boys present about 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million individuals.
Today, there are about 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. Each group spends nine to 11 weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and present frequent concerts in Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, they provide the music for the Sunday mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498, the year of their founding. The choir’s repertoire for the Thursday evening concert included medieval to contemporary and experimental music.
Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the courts, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions. Musicians like Heinrich Isaac, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, and Anton Bruckner worked with the choir. Some composers including Franz Schubert, Franz Joseph Haydn, Hans Richter, and Felix Mottl were members of the choir and sang frequently with the imperial choir.
Coordinating the event were Beverly Hardt Krick, president of the National Auxiliary, and Patsy Sogioka, mission chair.