The acoustics in the Seventh-day Adventist Church — a more intimate setting than a big concert hall — were spectacular for the performance that lasted about 1 1/2 hours.
The choir has been a symbol of Austria for more than 500 years. My wife, son and I were eager to wring out more memories from our recent Austrian vacation by attending the performance. Forty dollars was still cheaper than a plane ticket to Vienna.
The Boys Choir used to sing more 16th-century music, clearing out the bored children at intermission, according to a gentleman sitting next to me, who was a family friend of one of the choir members.
Not nowadays. The choir performed songs from around the world — the United States, South Korea, India and Israel — along with Vienna classics and other Austrian songs. Our son, who was sitting about 10-feet away from some of the choir members, was entranced.
For two songs, the choir walked into the audience, singing the whole time. Another song was a “sing along” — in German. The crowd did well, though.
My favorite was still Strauss’ “An der shönen blauen Donau” (AKA Blue Danube Waltz). I still have the LP. The program is here. Our son said he liked “Oh Happy Day” the best.
The Boys Choir came to Grass Valley en route from Davis’ Mondavi Center to Chico. It was a coup for artistic director Ken Hardin to sign them up.
TCCA, now changing its name to In-Concert Sierra, would like to invite them back, board president Keith Porter told me on the way out.
Well done, In-Concert Sierra.
BTW, I stretched out the evening’s memory by sipping two fingers of Williams’ Pear Brandy while I wrapped up this report. (I picked up a bottle during a run to the supermarket while were were vacationing there last month; Swiss pear brandy is everywhere.)
Since no recordings, photography, video or audio recordings were allowed at Tuesday’s performance, here’s a video of the Boys Choir singing “Blue Danube Waltz” in a much bigger venue: