Vienna Boys Choir thrills Midland audience


MIDLAND – More than 500 people packed into St. Paul’s United Church to hear the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir last week.

Hosted by Brookside Music Association, the March 24 concert saw conductor Jimmy Chiang lead the young singers through pieces ranging from sacred music to Hollywood tunes.

In existence since 1498, the choir represents numerous countries and languages.

“What a fantastic evening,” said Mary Nason of Tiny Township. “The boys were everything we expected. An incredible performance….  We couldn’t believe they sang our favourite songs from ‘The Sound of Music.’”

Chiang – himself an award-winning instrumentalist and one-time child prodigy – began as choirmaster for the Vienna Boys Choir in 2013. He spoke to the choir in German during warmup and bantered with the audience in fluid English during the performance.

Brookside Music reserved sections of the seating and provided discounted tickets for members of Midland’s Children’s Community Choir and the Sudbury Children’s Choir.

The acoustics at St. Paul’s, coupled with the wall projections, added to the experience for audience members.

Those who attended the performance have been offered a two-for-one deal on tickets to Brookside’s next presentation, Donizetti’s opera “Don Pasquale,” on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Midland Cultural Centre.