DSO hosts Vienna Boys’ Choir in Orchestra Hall, Mon. Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m.


DETROIT, (Oct. 28, 2010) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present the angelic and exquisite voices of the world-renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir at Orchestra Hall on Mon., Nov. 15 as they sing classical selections from Europe and around the world. The performance will begin at 8:00 p.m. led by choirmaster Andy Icochea Icochea and will feature selections from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, several pieces by Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss Jr. and many more. The Vienna Boys’ Choir is sponsored by the Hotel Residenz Palais Coburg and presented as part of the Delta Airlines Special Event Series.

The Vienna Boys Choir was founded in 1498 and sang exclusively for the imperial court until 1918. The ensemble began providing concerts outside of Vienna’s Imperial Chapel in 1926, performing motets, secular works, and – at the boys’ request – children’s operas. Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Vienna Boys Choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians and provide music for the Sunday Mass in the Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498.

Andy Icochea Icochea was appointed choirmaster of the Vienna Boys’ Choir in the summer of 2005.
Born in Lima, Peru, Andy obtained his first post as an accompanist at age 14 and the following year began to conduct children’s choirs in Lima. As a conductor, he has led the world premieres of Carlo Pedini’s opera Il Miracolo and Marco Pontini’s opera Togliti il Mantello in Citta della Pieve, Italy. He is Music Director and founder of the Ensemble Vienna Nova whom he has led in performances of operas such as The Abduction from the Seragiol, The Magic Flute and The Elixir of Love at Theater L.E.O. in Vienna, where he also serves as Music Director.

Carmina Burana is a cantata that was composed by Carl Orff and completed in 1936. It is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana (Songs of Beuern) and is part of Trionfi, the musical triptych that also includes the cantata Catulli Carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite. The best-known movement is Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (O Fortuna) that opens and closes the piece. This work is well known for its use in such popular films as Excalibur, The Hunt for Red October and Fox’s TV show Glee.

Tritsch Tratsch (Chit Chat), fast polka Op. 214, was written by Johann Strauss Jr. in 1858. Strauss may also have been referencing the single act burlesque ‘Der Tritsch-tratsch’ by the famous Austrian dramatist and actor Johann Nepomuk Nestroy. Many point out that the title may also have been named for his first wife, Henrietta Treffz‘ poodle, also named Tritsch-tratsch, but this remains unsubstantiated. The polka appeared in the James Bond film, Moonraker and a remixed version of it was used in the video game Dance Dance Revolution.

Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz) Waltz, Op. 437, also written by Johann Strauss Jr., was originally titled “Hand in Hand” and was intended as a toast made in August of 1889 by Austrian emperor Franz Josef on the occasion of his visit to the German Kaiser Wilhelm II where it was symbolic as a ‘toast of friendship’ extended by Austria to Germany. Strauss’ publisher, Fritz Simrock, suggested the title Kaiser-Walzer since the title could allude to either monarch, and thus satisfy the vanity of both rulers. The first performance was in Berlin on Oct. 21, 1889. The piece was featured in the Disney film, Almost Angels, a 1962 film about a group of boys in the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Tickets to Vienna Boys’ Choir range in price from $19 to $52 and a limited number of box seats are available for $84. Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at www.detroitsymphony.com. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Special Performance
Vienna Boys’ Choir
Mon. Nov. 15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Orchestra Hall

Carl Orff                                                      Selections from: Carmina Burana
Andy Icochea Icochea                              Apu Taytayku (Kyrie)
Andy Icochea Icochea                             Glorya Dyuspaq hanaq pachapi (Gloria in excelsis Deo)
Maurice Duruflé                                       Tota pulchra es, Maria (You are wholly beautiful, Mary) from: Quatre motets sur des themes grégoriens, Op. 10

Gerald Wirth                                              Adoration – Devotion – Jubilation (Sanctus-Benedictus)
Gerald Wirth                                              Mercy – Forgiveness – Inner peace (Agnus Dei)
Franz Schubert                                         Nachthelle (Night Brightness), D. 892, Op. Posth. 134
Franz Schubert                                        Heidenröslein (Little rose on the heath), D. 257 Op. 3/3
Franz Schubert                                        Ständchen (Serenade), D. 921 Op. 135
Gabriel Fauré                                           Ave verum corpus Op. 65/1
Andy Icochea Icochea                            Psalm 61 (Hear my prayer)
Henry Purcell                                           Come Ye Sons of Art, Ode for the birthday of
Queen Mary II. Z. 323

Bulgarian folk song                                Dilmano dilbero (Beautiful Dilmana)
Yulduz Usmanova                                  Shoch va gado (The King and the Beggar)
Gioacchino Rossini                               La passeggiata – Finché sereno è il cielo (The excursion)
Pedro Elías Gutiérrez                            Alma llanera. Joropo from Venezuela
Heitor Villa-Lobos                                  Rosa Amarela (Yellow Rose)
Astor Piazzolla                                        Muerte del Angel (The Death of the Angel)
Andy Icochea Icochea                           El tren macho
Arr. Gerald Wirth                                    Drin im Håslgråbn (Deep down in the Haslgrabn)
Arr. Gerald Wirth                                    Wann du durchgehst durchs Tal (When you walk through the valley)
Arr. Gerald Wirth                                    Und wanns amal schen aper wird (And when it starts to thaw again)
Arr. Gerald Wirth                                    Waldhansl (John of the Forest
Johann Strauss Jr.                               Tritsch Tratsch (Chit Chat), fast polka Op. 214
Johann Strauss Jr.                               Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz). Waltz, Op. 437


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