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The Vienna Boys Choir tour the United States every holiday season. A performance of the world-famous Choir is typically highlighted by soaring, angelic voices giving life to a bonafide history lesson on choral music. When they tour around the Christmas season, audiences can expect some stellar renditions of carol music, both traditional and modern. The history of the choir is unparalleled. They have been in existence since the 14th century and based in Vienna since 1498. They have sung for royalty and commoner alike. The number of composers who have worked with the choir is startling - a real who's who of classical giants: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Salieri, Anton Bruckner and Heinrich Isaac, to name a few.

A recent Vienna Boys Choir concert in Tarrytown, New York, showcased exactly what Cagnin promises. The first half of the evening featured traditional choral music that was not holiday-specific, and the second half highlighted carols, both commonly known and rare treats. In the course of two hours, and without leaving the Tarrytown Music Hall, the boys traveled to many cultures and countries.  Photo courtesy of Lukas Beck.

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