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Vienna Boys’ Choir Planning Spring Concerts at Marylhurst University

For Release: November 23, 2009

*** REVISED JANUARY 19, 2010 ***

Tickets on sale December 5, 2009

The Vienna Boys' Choir, one of the world's oldest and most famous choirs, will perform March 3 and 4, 2010 at 7 p.m. in St. Anne's Chapel at Marylhurst University to benefit heart research and the relief effort in Haiti. Internationally known for their exceptional singing, the Vienna Boys' Choir will present a broad program, including Renaissance pieces, 20th-century compositions and Austrian folk music. Tickets are $95, and are available through Ticketmaster.com starting December 5, 2009.

Bringing the world-renowned Vienna Boys' Choir to Marylhurst University is a great honor in the eyes of Marylhurst President Judi Johansen.

"We have an intimate setting for choral music in our St. Anne's Chapel," she said. "The Vienna Boys' Choir delights music lovers worldwide. We are proud to have Music for the Heart collaborate with us to bring this 500-year-old vocal event to Portland."

Founded by imperial order of Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, the Vienna Boys' Choir has evolved into a group of 100 singers between the ages of 10 and 14, who are divided into four touring choirs. Each group spends nine to 11 weeks a year performing for audiences across the globe.

The two Vienna Boys' Choir performances are a collaborative effort between Marylhurst University and Music for the Heart, a non-profit organization that works to eliminate heart disease by supporting scientific research through money raised by producing world-class musical concerts. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Music for the Heart research programs and Medical Teams International Haiti earthquake relief effort.

"Music is a natural language that reaches the hearts of all human beings. Through it, Music for the Heart works to find ways to reduce, cure and eliminate heart disease," said Dr. Jeff Pentecost, a heart research physician and Music for the Heart's founder and president. "There's a distinction that the Vienna Boys' Choir brings to choral music. The unique sound of these young voices is wonderfully crystalline and heart-warming ... it cannot be duplicated."

"The choir will perform a repertoire, from medieval to contemporary works," Pentecost added. "This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a world-class performing group in our own backyard."

About Music for the Heart

Music for the Heart works to eliminate cardiovascular disease by supporting scientific research through money raised by producing world-class musical concerts. Music for the Heart proceeds are currently donated to The Oregon Health and Sciences University Heart Research Center to support seed grants and young scientists.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university located one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence. Marylhurst's small, seminar-style classes – offered weekdays, evening, weekends and online – provide convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives seeking professional certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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