CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Vienna Boys Choir will perform two shows, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m, in Corvallis on Saturday, Nov. 17, in the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St.

The performances are sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.

The Vienna Boys Choir formally began in 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I moved his court to Vienna, founding the Chapel Imperial and the Boys Choir.

Over the years the choir has attracted some of the finest musicians in the world, including Christoph Willibald Gluck, Antonio Salieri, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anton Bruckner, Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert.

Until 1928, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court at masses, celebrations and on state occasions. Today there are 100 choristers between the ages of 9 and 14, divided into four groups. Between them, the choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by half a million spectators around the world.

The choir’s current tour program, “Vienna Waits for You,” includes Gregorian chant; music by Handel, Haydn and Schubert; a traditional spiritual by contemporary composer Rollo Dilworth; several New York-themed compositions; “Vienna” by Billy Joel, and more.

Choirmaster Oliver Stech has led the Vienna Boys Choir since 2011. Under his direction the choir has toured Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, and $10 in advance and $15 at the door for youth through age 18. OSU students are free with ID while there is seating available. Seating is general admission.

Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACevents. OSU students may pick up advanced tickets in Fairbanks Hall 309A or B on the OSU campus. Tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour before each performance. Doors to the sanctuary will open for seating 30 minutes before each performance.

The School of Arts & Communication participates in Corvallis Arts for All. Individuals in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets at $5 each starting one hour prior to each performance, while seating is available. For more information and for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

The Vienna Boys Choir concerts are funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu