On Friday, Oct. 21, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is coming to perform for at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Meade auditorium.

The choir originated in 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I gave instructions that there were to be six boys among his court musicians. Thus started the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle, or the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Today there are about 100 boys between the ages of 10 and 14 in the choir that is divided into four touring groups. The groups give about 300 concerts a year in front of half a million people. They spend at least nine weeks a year touring Europe, with frequent trips to Asia and Australia as well as North and South America.

The Vienna Boys’ Choir is the first of six events in the 18th annual Performing Arts Series, presented by Tuality Healtcare and Best Western University Inn & Suites. Tickets will be $15 to $20 and are available for purchase from the box office in Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center.

The next event in the series is a performance by grammy-award winning pianist David Lanz on Nov. 12.

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