Community Performance Series Celebrates the Season with Vienna Boys Choir on Dec. 6

The Illustrious Vienna Boys Choir to Perform Holiday Favorites on Dec. 6 at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music

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The Vienna Boys Choir will present its “Christmas in Vienna” program Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

POTSDAM, NY (11/14/2017) (readMedia)-- Community Performance Series will present the third annual Cania Visiting Artist, the Vienna Boys Choir, in an extraordinary holiday celebration concert.

Thanks in part to support from Willow Tree Florist & Landscaping, the world-renowned group of young musicians will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. Presenting their "Christmas in Vienna" concert, the group will be conducted by Manolo Cagnin.

The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. "Christmas in Vienna" showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.

"We are extremely excited to be offering such a rare opportunity. This performance will most certainly add some magic to our holiday season," said CPS Executive Director Jason L. Dominie.

About the performers:

The Vienna Boys Choir, renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world for over five centuries, is a frequent visitor to North America, performing throughout the country in everything from houses of worship to great concert venues like New York's Carnegie Hall and Chicago's Symphony Hall. Approximately 11 weeks of their school year is devoted to touring, and each choir member sings about 80 concerts a year. Many of the boys have siblings, fathers, uncles and even grandfathers who have also been members of the choir.

The San Francisco Classical Voice has praised the Vienna Boys Choir's "celestial voices, pure tone and wide-ranging repertoire," while the Washington Post marveled that the choir has "totally disciplined voices tempered by a singular sense of ease and consistency, and a sound conveying ebullience, humor or solemnity as the music called for."

Born in Treviso, Italy, conductor Manolo Cagnin embraced music early in life, studying violin as a child. In later work at the Conservatory of Venice and in Milan, he pursued choral conducting and composition, completing his studies under Kurt Masur and Fabio Luisi in Leipzig.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of SUNY Potsdam's Performing Arts Center, by calling (315) 267-2277 or by visiting Single tickets can also be purchased in-person at Brick & Mortar Music in downtown Potsdam.

A 25 percent discount is available exclusively through the CPS Box Office when purchasing tickets to three or more CPS Guest Artist Series events. This discount is not available on event night, please reserve in advance to save. Regular ticket prices differ depending on seat location. Student tickets cost as little as $14, and adult tickets range from $35 to $50. Discounts are also available for senior citizens and SUNY Potsdam faculty/staff.

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