Vienna Boys’ Choir Live in Taiwan

The internationally renowned Vienna Boy’s Choir is coming to Taiwan to perform a series of concerts. The Bruckner Choir, one of the four touring choirs of the Vienna Boys Choir, will be performing live in Taipei City, Taichung City, Tainan and Pingtung.

Tour Schedule

November 4 (Friday) Pingtung Auditorium @7:30PM
November 5 (Saturday) Taichung City Zhongxing Hall @7:30PM
November 7 (Monday) Taipei National Concert Hall @7:30PM
November 8 (Tuesday) Taipei National Concert Hall @7:30PM
November 9 (Wednesday) Tainan Cultural Center Auditorium @7:30PM

The Vienna Boys’ Choir, one of the longest performing choir in the world, is divided into four sub-groups or touring choirs. The choirs are of equal standing; the tours, appearances in Vienna and recording projects are shared among them. Each choir has a choirmaster, and two tutors or prefects who travel with the boys. They perform about 300 concerts each year in front of almost 500,000 people. Each group tours for about nine to eleven weeks.

The choirs are named after famous Austrian composers associated with the choir’s history, Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. The choir still performs much of their music.

Known for its exceedingly high vocal standard, the choir has worked with musicians including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Anton Bruckner.


One member of this Bruckner group of the Vienna Boys Choir, Lance Eric Castro So, is a Filipino who lived in Taiwan for a couple of years. His parents, Eric So and Raquel Castro-So, helped organize and establish the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) in Taiwan. They were the first country servant of this Catholic church-based family ministry.

The Vienna Boys’ Choir is a private, not-for-profit organization.


Repertoire of Vienna Boys’ Choir Live in Taiwan

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Laudamus te
from: Gloria in D, RV 589

Tomás Luis de Victoria (~1548 – 1611)
Tenebrae factae sunt (Darkness Fell)
from: Officium hebdomadae sanctae (1585)
Motet for four parts choir

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Der Gondelfahrer, (The Gondolier) D.809 Op.28 (1824)
Text: Johann Mayrhofer (1787-1836)

Adriano Banchieri (c. 1568 – 1634)
Capricciata à tre voci
Contrappunto bestiale alle mente
from: Festino nella sera del Giovedi grasso avanti cena (1608)

Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
Duetto Buffo per Due Gatti (Duet in the Buffo Style for Two Cats)
Compiled in 1825 by Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1795 – 1856)

Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
La Carità (Charity)
from: Trois Choeurs Religieux (1844)
Text: Louise Colet (1810 – 1876)
Pietro Mascagni (1863 – 1945)
Easter Hymn
from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
Va’, Pensiero, Sull’alidorate (Fly, Thought, on Wings of Gold)
Libretto: Temistocle Solera (1815 – 1878)
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from the opera Nabucco (1842)

Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
Wo die Zitronen blüh’n (Where the Lemons Blossom)
Waltz, opus 364 (1874)
Arr. Uwe Theimer


Bob Merrill (1921 – 1998)
Mambo Italiano (1954)
Arr. Alan Billingsley

Santa Lucia
Barcarole from Naples; Arr. Gerald Wirth

Eduardo Di Capua (1865 – 1917),
Emanuele Alfredo Mazzucchi (1878–1972)
O Sole Mio (My Sun, 1898)
Text: Giovanni Capurro (1859 – 1920)

Harry Warren (1893 – 1981)
That’s amore (1952)
Text: Jack Brooks (1912 – 1971)
Arr. Jill Gallina

Ennio Morricone (1928)
Nella Fantasia (In My Mind)
Aus dem Film / from the film The Mission (1986)
Text: Chiara Ferraù
Arr. Audrey Snyder

Richard Rodgers (1902 – 1979)
Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music
Text: Oscar Hammerstein (1895 – 1960)

Giuseppe Rachel (1858 – 1937)
A Diosa (Non Pothoreposare, 1920)
Sardisches Lied / from Sardinia
Text: Salvatore Sini (1873 – 1954)

Amazing Grace
Text: John Newton (1725 – 1807)
Early American folk song
Arr. Gerald Wirth

Cheng Zhi Yuan
Ganendi Xin (A Grateful Heart)
Taiwanese song
Text: Cheng Le Ron
Arr. Yang Hong Nian

Tsyeng Tshun Nya (The Hill of Youth)
Music by Su Ton
Text: Cheng Da Ju
Transcribed for treble voices Gerald Wirth

Ástor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
Libertango (1974)
Arr. Oscar Escalada

Domenico Modugno (1928 – 1994)
Volare: Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (In the Blue Painted Blue)
Text: Franco Migliacci (*1930)

Josef Strauss (1827 – 1870)
Auf Ferienreisen (On Holiday)
Polka, opus 133
Text: Tina Breckwoldt
Arr. Gerald Wirth

Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
An der Schönen Blauen Donau (Blue Danube,1867) Waltz, opus 314
Text: Franz von Gernerth (1821 – 1900)
Arr. Gerald Wirth


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