Choirmaster Manolo Cagnin to lead Vienna Boys Choir Feb. 21

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Choirmaster Manolo Cagnin to lead Vienna Boys Choir Feb. 21

February 6, 2012

 Vienna Boys Choir
Vienna Boys Choir

When the Vienna Boys’ Choir returns to perform at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, Feb. 21, as part of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series, Manolo Cagnin will serve as conductor. This performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium.

Cagnin took over as one of the conductors of the Vienna Boys’ Choir in 2008. Music is a passion to him, and his aim is to instil a love of music in the singers and the audience.

“Music, and particularly singing, is a gift,” Cagnin said. “It is a language everyone understands. As performers, we have a duty to master that language. We have a duty to reach out to our audience, to engage and to touch people. If we manage that, we will have achieved much.”

Tickets for the performance are now available at Holder Drug, the NWOSU Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8692. Individual performances tickets will be sold on an “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to 11 weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and America.

The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music.

The Vienna Boys Choir performs major choral and symphonic works, sometimes as part of the Hofmusikkapelle, sometimes with other orchestras and men’s choirs.

In recent years, they have performed with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Contact Dr. Irene Messoloras, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, at (580) 327-8692 or for ticket information.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Charles Morton Share Trust, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.