A Tribute to Vienna: The Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys' Choir

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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Vienna – Two of the most famous Austrian cultural institutions will present themselves together in the Baroque ambiance of the Winter Riding School in the Imperial Hofburg Palace for the very first time. The Chief Executive Officer of the Spanish Riding School, Elisabeth Gürtler, and the President and Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Gerald Wirth, presented this exceptional cooperation at a press conference in Vienna. A TRIBUTE TO VIENNA will show the highlights of the Ballet of the White Stallions alternating with the musical performance of the world’s undoubtedly most renowned boys’ choir, the Vienna Boys' Choir.“We invite our guests to be whisked away and accompany us on a journey back to the times of Maria Theresia. They will witness both, the High School of Classical Horsemanship and the wonderful songs and choral arrangements of the Vienna Boys' Choir”, stated Elisabeth Gürtler. “This is a unique opportunity to experience those world-famous cultural institutions in a common performance.”
Besides their centuries’ long history it is their public accountability of cultivating, preserving, and keeping alive national heritage of culture what unites them. "In the past we did a few gala events together; now the time has come for a permanent cooperation. We would like to reinvigorate what has already existed during the imperial period”, explained Gerald Wirth who – additionally to his activity as Artistic Director – has recently been appointed to President of the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
The boys themselves are not any less enthusiastic. They have no fears of contact with the noble stallions. Lukas who has grown up with horses says “that the Lipizzaners surely have to practice as much as we do.” And Florian is amazed that "such huge horses are able to move in such an elegant manner.” He hopes that he will be allowed to sit on a Lipizzaner one day.
Capriole, Levade and Bandit's Gallop
Alternating with the musical performance of the Vienna Boys’ Choir the riders and the stallions of the Spanish Riding School will demonstrate their exceptional skills showing three program points from their broad repertoire.
The waltzes and polkas of the Strauss family are popular. For A TRIBUTE TO VIENNA two new pieces have been added to the Vienna Boys’ Choir’s repertoire: the Bandit's Gallop and the famous Radetzky Marsch (Johann Strauss I). Additionally, the boys will intonate the Trish Trash Polka and Eljen a Magyar (Johann Strauss II), the Blue Danube Waltz (Johann Strauss) as well as the  Zigeunerleben (Robert Schumann).
The A TRIBUTE TO VIENNA performances will be moderated in German and English by the Austrian singer Agnes Palmisano. 
Premiere: Friday, October 18th, 2013, 7 pm
• Friday, December 13th, 2013, 7 pm
• Friday, March 14th, 2014, 7 pm
• Friday, April 4th, 2014, 7 pm
• Friday, April 11th, 2014, 7 pm
• Friday, April 25th, 2014, 7 pm
• Thursday, June 5th, 2014, 7 pm
• Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 7 pm
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Seats from EUR 47 to EUR 130
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The Spanish Riding School Vienna
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for over 440 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole.
Today, 72 School Stallions are housed here, presenting more than 70 classical performances per year. Every year approx. 300,000 visitors admire the mastery of the so called „white-ballet“. Furthermore, the reputation of the Spanish Riding School is kept alive by almost yearly international tours in form of guest appearances throughout the world.
Since 1920, the Federal Stud Piber in Western Styria has been home to the successors of those impressive white horses of the old imperial herd.
Vienna Boys‘ Choir
Boys have been singing at the Austrian courts since the 14th century. In 1498, the court of Maximilian I (HRR) moved his various courts and three music chapels to Vienna; this is regarded as official foundation date of the Viennese Chapel Imperial and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Over the centuries, the Imperial Court attracted famous composers like Schmelzer (who wrote music for horse ballets), Gluck, Mozart, Salieri, and Bruckner; Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert were themselves choir boys.
Until 1918, the Chapel performed exclusively for the court. The musicians were a travelling band and accompanied the Emperor almost everywhere.
Today there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world.
Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the choir provides the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as it has done since 1498.