Sheldon to host Vienna Boys Choir
RED WING — Vocal groups and rock bands come and go, but the Vienna Boys Choir just keeps singing.
The internationally famous choir has been at it since '98 — 1498, that is — and will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Red Wing as part of yet another concert tour.
From 1498 to 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the Austrian imperial court, at religious services, at private functions and on state occasions.
In 1921, the Vienna Boys Choir became a private entity, their imperial uniform was replaced by the now-iconic sailor suit, and the world outside Vienna became aware of the ensemble's talent. The Vienna Boys Choir toured Europe during the 1920s, and made its American debut in 1932.
Today, there are 100 singers from 31 nations, all between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs that spend up to 11 weeks of each school year on the road. In total, the four choirs give 300 performances each year.
The Red Wing concert is at the Sheldon Theatre, 443 W. Third St. Tickets are $18 to $35, and can be reserved online at sheldontheatre.org, and by phone at 651-388-8700.