The choir has come a long way since its inception in 1498, when six talented boy vocalists were tapped by Vienna Emperor Maximillian I to sing exclusively for his court, at Imperial Chapel Mass and private concerts. Notable musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart worked with the choir, and Franz Schubert wrote some of his first compositions while with the ensemble. Their music began in the Brabantine improvisational style of the Netherlands and over the years picked up Dutch, Italian and operatic influences. It wasn't until 1926 that the choir gave its first concerts outside of the Imperial Chapel, and after traveling to Berlin, Prague, Switzerland and Athens, the boys reached the United States in 1932.
Today the group consists of about 100 members between the ages of 10-14 years old, divided into four touring choirs. They still sing at Sunday Mass in Vienna's Imperial Chapel, but their touring repertoire includes contemporary music, traditional waltzes and polkas and Broadway favorites. In 2002, the choir recorded its first-ever pop album, featuring songs by Prince and Earth, Wind, and Fire. They've also contributed music to several movie soundtracks, including Primal Fear and The 13th Floor.
Maybe after its Lafayette visit and performance this Saturday night at the Heymann Center, the choir will incorporate some swamp pop into their set lists.
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Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,775.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,850 from the previous week's total of 2,854. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,048.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 06, 2013
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
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“Shell’s abrupt decision to cancel its North American GTL project just 10 weeks after concluding a multi-year site-selection process is obviously very disappointing news,” LED Secretary Stephen Moret tells Daily Report.
The quirky songwriter showcase takes over the stage at Blue Moon Saloon Saturday night for a final go-round with all-new performers.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
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New York Times best-selling author talks Hollywood, the death penalty and the pitfalls of runaway campaign spending.
NOLA Bowl ready with tribal prints