The Extraordinary Melodies from the Blue Danube

Carl Orff | O Fortuna (Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi C Fortune, Empress of the World)

from: Carmina burana (Songs from Beuren, 1936)


Lodovico Grossi da Viadana | Exultate justi (Rejoice, o ye just) Four-part motet

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi | Two pieces from: Stabat mater (The mother stood in agony)

Mozart | Due pupille amabili (Two lovely eyes) Notturno, K. 439

 Pi non si trovano (No more could be found) Notturno, K. 549

Mendelssohn | Gruß (Greeting) Duet, opus 63/3

Rossini | Kyrie

From: Petite Messe solennelle (Short solemn Mass)

Debussy | Salut printemps (Welcome, Spring,)

Ola Gjeilo | Ave, generosa (Hail, Noble One)

Franz Biebl | Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

Händel | Hallelujah!
from: Handels Messiah / A Soulful Celebration

Arr. Mervyn Warren, Michael O. Jackson, Mark Kibble, Teena Chinn

*** Intermission ***

Marvin Frederick Hamlisch | One, from: A Chorus Line

Arr. Anita Kerr

George Gerswhin | Summertime,from: Porgy and Bess (1934/5)

Arr. Mark Hayes

2 Lieder aus China

The Ocean, my Hometown

Chi Dao (To pray, best wishes)

Josef Strauss | Matrosenpolka (Sailors' Polka) Polka, opus 52

Arr. Gerald Wirth

Bulgarian folk song

Dilmano dilbero (Beautiful Dilmana)

Arr. Krassimir Kyurkchiyski

Zoltn Kodly | Esti dal (Evening song)

Niška banja (The spa at Niš)

Jocular song from Serbia

Arr. Gerald Wirth

Children's song from Bergisches Land (County of Berg, Germany)

Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck sass (The cuckoo on the tree)

Arr.Ernst Pepping

Clapping song from Upper Austria

Waldhansl (John of the Forest)

Arr. Gerald Wirth

Robert Stolz | Im Prater blhn wieder die Bäume

Johann Strauss, jr. | An der schönen blauen Donau (Blue Danube) Waltz, opus 314

Arr. Gerald Wirth

*Program is subject to change





The Vienna Boys Choir, with more than 500 years history, has been recognized the foremost boys choral group in the world. As the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, they were called the two great national treasures of Austrian. Since the 14th century, the boys sang in weekly Sunday masses in the Imperial Chapel of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, a tradition that continues today. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court attracted great musicians like Mozart, Haydn and Schubert were themselves choir boys. In Vienna, it is the most proudest childhood experience for the boy who could be a member of Vienna Boys Choir.

The Vienna Boys Choir is characterized by the classical music works, especially for the European music. The chorus repertoire includes serene church music, romantic and elegant art songs, melodious country ballad, as well as the Strauss familys most popular waltz and comic opera. Under the motto The Extraordinary Melodies from the Blue Danube, the choir will present a lot of classical and European folk music works in order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of <The Blue Danube>s premiere, such as <O Fortuna> from Carl Orff, <Welcome, Spring> from Debussy, as well as Bulgarian folk song < Beautiful Dilmana>, <The Blue Danube> from Strauss


Conductor | Oliver Stech

Oliver Stech was appointed Kapellmeister (choirmaster) of the Vienna Boys Choir in January of 2011. He has since led his choir in numerous concerts, and on tours of Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, South America, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States.

Mr. Stech is respon,sible for the concert and tour repertoire; he conducts choir and solo rehearsals and prepares the boys for the sung services at Viennas Imperial Chapel. In addition, he trains the boys for productions at the Vienna State Opera and at the Vienna Volksoper, and for performances of large symphonic and choral works. He has worked with conductors such as Christian Aming, Vladimir Fedosejev, Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, and Franz Welser-Möst. Appearances on radio and television, sound recordings, interviews, and film shoots are part of the choirs routine. Oliver conducted the choirboys on location in Italy and in an Austrian ice cave for Curt Faudon's Christmas film on the choir, Songs for Mary, and on location in Jerusalem for the upcoming film Good Shepherds.

Oliver Stech was born in Waidhofen/Ybbs in Lower Austria. He had piano and singing lessons as a child. He went on to study romance languages at the University of Vienna and voice and music education at the University of Music, focussing on choral and ensemble conducting. In addition to his studies with Alois Glassner and Johannes Hiemetsberger, he took courses in conducting with Robert Sund and Jing Ling Tam. Oliver Stech began to conduct while still a student. In 2006, he co-founded the voice ensemble uni-sono, which went on to win international competitions. In 2008, he conducted Henry Purcells Dido and Aeneas in two Lower Austrian castles. From 2009 to 2011, Oliver led Chorus Discantus, an Austrian womens chorus. In 2009, Oliver was appointed artistic director of the Jugendsingwoche, a choral festival in Lower Austria, and assistant to the artistic director of the Vienna Singakademie. For the last three years, he has been lecturing on and teaching voice at the University of Music in Vienna.



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