12 July 2018, 9am
12 July 2018, 10am
Imagine listening to one of the most beautiful and purest voices on earth: that of the Vienna Boys Choir. Join us as we welcome Austria’s youngest ambassadors of music in the beautiful and modern Esplanade Concert Hall.
The Vienna Boys Choir has been singing at Vienna's Imperial Chapel since 1296. In 1498, Maximilian I (HRR) moved his court to Vienna, lock, stock, and choir, thus founding the “Hofmusikkapelle” (Chapel Imperial), and the Vienna Boys Choir. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court attracted great musicians like Isaac, de Monte, Fux, Caldara, Gluck, Salieri, Mozart, and Bruckner; Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert were themselves choir boys. Until 1918, the boys sang exclusively for the court. In the 1920s, the choir was reestablished as a private organisation. Since 1926, 2482 Vienna Boys Choir has sung 1000 tours in 97 different countries.
Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. Each choir spends nine to eleven weeks of the academic year on tour. Together, the choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world. The choir regularly tours Europe, Asia and Australia, and the Americas.
On Sundays, the boys perform with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Vienna State Opera Chorus in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498.
The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary music. Motets and lieder form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the choir’s own arrangements of Viennese music. The choir also performs children’s operas and world music.
The Vienna Boys Choir performs with major orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti (honorary member of the Chapel Imperial), Andrés Orozco Estrada, Christian Thielemann, Simone Young.
You can find out more about SVBC week at www.svbc.sg regarding master classes and other activities.
Approximately 2 Hours
(with a 20 minutes interval)
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Infants in arms or children below the age of 5 shall not be admitted.
- Children 5 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.
Late Seating Advisory
- You are strongly advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
- No admission will be allowed into the venue once the performance has commenced.
- Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.
Photography/Video Recording Rules
- No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.
- Please note that photographs and videos of patrons may be taken at this event for use in our archival and publicity material.
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10% Discount for Concession tickets for Students, Senior Citizen (60 years old & above) & NSFs
Full-Time students with valid student pass.
NSF personnel with valid SAF 11B (Military IC)
Concession tickets are non-transferable. Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry.
Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets.
[Students & NSF only applicable for Cat 4 & 5 tickets]
[Valid from 17 Aug 2018 onwards]
10% Discount for Group Bookings (Min. of 10 Tickets)
[Valid from 17 Aug 2018 onwards]
10% Discount for Mastercard Early Bird
[Valid from 23 Aug - 30 Sep 2018]
10% Discount for Mastercard
[Applicable to Cat 1 & 2 tickets only]
[Valid from 1 Oct 2018 onwards only]
About the conductor:
JIMMY CHIANG, CONDUCTOR
Born in Hong Kong, Jimmy Chiang is a conductor and pianist who started his musical career at the age of 13 with his first public appearance as a concert pianist. Hailing from a musical family, Chiang began piano lessons when he was four and also went on to study cello and composition. He received the Fellows Diploma from the Trinity College of Music in London at the age of 16, graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University (USA), and finished his education with “Magister Artium” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Chiang's conducting career began with winning the renowned “Lovro von Matacic” international competition for Young Conductors in Zagreb in 2007. He is a versatile and well-rounded musician known for interpreting a variety of repertoire from opera, symphony, choral, solo piano and chamber music worlds both in opera pits or on concert stages.
Jimmy Chiang has served as principal conductor of the Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony since 2008, worked as assistant music director of the Wagner’s “Ring” cycle at Theater Lübeck from 2007 to 2009, and was Kapellmeister at Theater Freiburg from 2009 to 2011 where he led numerous premiere productions. In September 2013, Chiang became choirmaster of the Vienna Boys Choir.
Other conducting highlights include guest conducting the Komischen Oper Berlin, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Zagreb Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and appearances at festivals such as Eutin Opera Festival (Germany), FACYL (Spain), Macau International Music Festival, and the Rohm Music Festival in Kyoto, Japan, where he was invited to study and work with Maestro Seiji Ozawa in the summer of 2004.