The Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys’ Choir

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The Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys’ Choir …
two world-famous cultural institutions

Two of the most famous Austrian cultural institutions are proud to present a common program in the Baroque atmosphere of the Winter Riding School in the Imperial Hofburg Palace.

Being probably the best known boys’ choir in the world, the Vienna Boys’ Choir was established by Maximilian I of Habsburg more than 500 years ago. It goes back to the boys’ choirs of the Viennese Court and since then, the choir has been cherishing its Imperial tradition.

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution worldwide that has practiced uninterrupted for nearly 450 years and continues to present classical horsemanship in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole.

In the past, these two renowned institutions have presented only a few gala events together. “Now it’s time for a permanent cooperation”, Elisabeth Gürtler, General Manager of the Spanish Riding School and Gerald Wirth, President and Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, agree. “We would like to reinvigorate what has already existed during the Imperial period.”

Capriole, Levade and Banditen-Galopp

A TRIBUTE TO VIENNA presents the highlights of the ballet of the White Stallions alternating with musical performances by the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

In turns, both the Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys’ Choir show a selective range of their exceptional skills. The riders and stallions of the Spanish Riding School exhibit their talent in three segments of the program, always alternating with a musical performance by the boys’ choir. The Vienna Boys’ Choir has chosen typical Viennese compositions for A TRIBUTE TO VIENNA: “Eljen a Magyar”, the “Tritsch Tratsch Polka” and the “Donauwalzer” by Strauss.  Additionally, two new compositions have been re-arranged and added to the repertoire: the “Radetzky-Marsch” and the “Banditen-Galopp”.

Let yourself be enchanted and join us in a journey back to the times of Maria Theresia!