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Vienna Boys Choir launches holiday concert season

Nov. 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--"Christmas in Vienna," with the famed Vienna Boys Choir, comes to Kalamazoo for one holiday performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University.

In 1498, Emperor Maximilian I founded the Vienna Boys Choir. For four centuries of the Habsburg dynasty, the choir sang exclusively for the court, at Masses in the Imperial Chapel, at private concerts and on state occasions. Their repertoire is the soundtrack of history, having thrived for 500 hundred years.

Today, there are about 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. During their tours, the Vienna Boys Choir sing in virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas, visiting the United States and Canada annually. The Boys Choir's artistic directors are Norbert Balatsch, the long-serving chorus master of the Bayreuth Festival and the Vienna State Opera, and his deputy, Gerald Wirth.

Tickets for "Christmas in Vienna" at Miller Auditorium range from $15 to $40 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

"Christmas in Vienna" at Miller Auditorium is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

Media contact: Thomas Cooper, (269) 387-2245, thomas.cooper@wmich.edu

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