Vienna Boys Choir unveils demanding program

What a perfect way to close out the 2017 music season: A choral performance of excellence by the acclaimed Vienna Boys Choir, Wednesday, in St. Bede Catholic Church, courtesy of the Virginia Arts Festival.

With a heritage dating from 1498, the group has grown from its original six boys to one of 100, with worldwide membership. One of four choirs, the latter was evident when director Manolo Cagnin had all 25 introduce themselves. They came from such lands as Germany, Austria, China, Cambodia, New Zealand, Sweden and America.

The high degree of training these young 10- to14-year-old boys receive was evident throughout a vocally demanding program of close to 30 songs, all sung...