September 1, 2014
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Vienna Boys Choir come to Cranston
Don Fowler

The quality of entertainment that Jusuf Ghandi is bringing to the Park Theatre just keeps getting better and better.

This Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., we will be treated to the heavenly voices of the Vienna Boys Choir, one of the best-known boys choirs in the world. There are actually four touring choirs, all named after famous composers. We will hear the Haydn choristers, under the direction of Kerem Sezen.

I caught up with Sezen as he was riding a motor coach from Indiana to Ohio, working his way to New England for concerts in Boston, Springfield, Torrington, Conn. and Cranston.

“I can hear you perfectly,” I told Sezen. “Are the boys sleeping?”

While Sezen admitted to the challenges of traveling the world with 24 boys, ages 10 to 14, he also proudly acknowledged the discipline of the choir, both in their behavior between concerts and while on stage.

“The boys come from all over the world,” he said. “We have one from Virginia in the United States. We have a set of twins, and may have triplets next year.”

Sezen was born in Turkey, but moved to Vienna at a young age. He has been conducting the choir for the past 10 years, is an accomplished pianist and has been a soloist in many operatic performances. This is his fifth trip to the United States to lead the choir. This year they will perform in 40 venues.

The first half of the concert will include music from the 13th century to the present, while the second half will focus on Christmas music from around the world.

There were a few seats left at the time of this writing, so check with the box office (467-7275). Any seat in the house is a good seat.


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