In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
In 1999, Mr. Georg Stangelberger joined the Phoenix Boys Choir as Artistic Director with unparalleled international experience with the Vienna Choir Boys, in the latter years as Deputy Artistic Director.
Now in his tenth season with the boys, he recalls many memorable performances. He led the Choir to its Carnegie Hall debut, to France and Spain where the choir was named "Cultural Ambassador" to the European Union and to Germany, Switzerland and Austria where they sang side-by-side with the Vienna Choir Boys in the famous Court Chapel. In June of 2007 he led the boys to victory when they won 1st place at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Choir Festival in the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
In the fall of 2004, Mr. Stangelberger made his debut with the Phoenix Symphony conducting the orchestra and Phoenix Boys Choir in the Requiem by W. A. Mozart. He is regular guest conductor at the Maurice Ravel Conservatory in Levallois, Paris, conducting it's ancient music instrumental ensemble and the chamber choir.
While with the Vienna Choir Boys, Mr. Stangelberger conducted over 700 performances in nearly every major concert hall of Europe, Asia, plus North and South America. He composed pieces for choir and recorded numerous CDs. He collaborated with other world-renowned singers and conductors including Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Schreier, Eva Marton, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa and Horst Stein.
In 1999, he received the Joseph Schnitt Medal of the Hofmusikkapelle in Vienna for his service to this famous institution comprised of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Men of the Vienna State Opera Choir and the Vienna Choir Boys. He was also made an honorary member of the Vienna Choir Boys for his years of dedication and service.
A native of Austria, he studied music in Vienna, Ottawa and Zagreb. He holds a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting as well as Bachelor Degrees in Orchestra Conducting and Vocal Accompaniment from the Music University of Vienna. He is Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boychoirs of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association and has done workshops and clinics with choirs and choir directors in America and around the world.
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Review: Winner of a Grammy for Best Choral Performance, The Phoenix Boy Choir sings its patriotism through its performance. They carry this message of freedom and hope through this collection of patriotic choral music. A celebration of America through the exaltation of song and lyric The timbre of this ensemble breathes new life into the already colorful repertoire, and offers the listener new musical perspectives and possibilities.
Review: Since 1948, the Phoenix Boys Choir has provided a top-quality music education for boys 7-14 and spirited entertainment for audiences around the world. Concert tours throughout the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the Orient have won the group a reputation as one of the world's outstanding boy choirs. In 2001 the Choir won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance for its recording of Penderecki's Credo with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Helmuth Rilling. "Miso" features the powerful "Misa Criolla" and 10 more inspired, sacred and traditional songs from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. Some favorites (some accompanied by the band Khenany from Sonora) are the familiar tunes "El Condor Pasa," "Escondido," "Cielito Linda," "Eu e voce" from Brazil, the five parts of the title tune," the a cappella sacred songs "Hosanna, Filii David," "Una Hora," "Judas Mercator" and "Laudi Alla Vergine Maria." "Misa" is a joy, the bright sounds of the boys' voices working equally well with Khenany's salsa-flavored folk tunes as with the soaring sacred music!
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