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Vienna Choir In Pullman

Fri., March 7, 1997, midnight

One of the great things about Europe is that it is simply moldy with tradition. It’s just wonderful that some things never change. There are really, really old buildings and institutions that go back to the Middle Ages.

There is even a choir that has been singing in Austria continuously for five centuries. Not non-stop - you know what I mean. It’s the Vienna Boys Choir.

The magic of the boys choir tradition is the comparatively small span of time between musical literacy and puberty. Unlike Peter Pan, these boys grow up and their voices change. There is no chance for a career as a boy soprano.

Each season they are replaced by a new batch who need to study and work to keep the tradition alive. We benefit from their ephemeral toil in the form of the sweetest, purest sound on earth.

The Vienna Boys Choir made their first trip to the United States in 1932 and have returned many times since for hundreds of concerts all over the country. This year their tour includes Pullman for a concert on Sunday.

They will be performing the traditional mix of classics and folk songs for which they are known, and which has made them a success for, well, 500 years. xxxx VIENNA BOYS CHOIR Location: Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. Time: 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10, $20 or $25 ($8 to $25 for seniors, $5 to $25 for students), at Beasley ticket office (335-1514), G&B; outlets or call (800) 325-SEAT.

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