Contact: Woody Wilson
Tempe Sister Cities, along with Lakeshore Music, are presenting the Domspatzen Boys Choir of Regensburg, Germany in a special Arizona premiere performance in the Theater at the Tempe Center for the Arts, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
“We are delighted to be working with the Tempe Sister Cities organization to bring the famed Domspatzen choir to TCA for this historic performance,” said Lakeshore Music’s Woody Wilson. “The Tempe Sister Cities program is one of the finest in the nation and has been known throughout the world for more than four decades for its work in bringing people and nations together. We are honored to help celebrate Tempe’s close ties to Regensburg.”
Including Regensburg, Germany, Tempe has Sister Cities in nine countries and has been Tempe’s ambassador to the world for 41 years. Regensburg has been a Tempe Sister City since 1976.
The Regensburger Domspatzen (Regensburg Cathedral Choir) was created in the year 976. For more than a thousand years, the 56 voices of the Cathedral Sparrows have been singing at Regensburg’s gothic St. Peter’s Cathedral in the old city center.
The Regensburger Domspatzen play an important role in the cultural life of Regensburg and have long become one of the most famous attractions of their home town. Due to the many concert tours all over the world they have been called the singing ambassadors of the city and of Germany.
In 957 Bishop Wolfgang separated the diocese of Regensburg from the abbey of St. Emmeram and moved it into the new St. Peter’s Cathedral together with his choristers.
The present "nest" of the Regensburger Domspatzen is the legacy of Dr. Theobald Schrems, who was the conductor of the Regensburger Domspatzen from 1924 to 1963. Due to his initiative some 40 years ago, a new house for the Cathedral School was built, thus enabling concentrated work with the boys. This ultimately gave rise to the high musical standard of the Domspatzen.
In 1964 Georg Ratzinger became the conductor of the choir. He would augment and expand the international reputation of the Regensburger Domspatzen during his 30 years as their preceptor. He created the typically soft and natural sound of Regensburg. Ratzinger passed the oldest boys´ choir of Germany in splendid condition to his successor Roland Büchner, for a successful start into the new millennium.
Tickets to the Domspatzen performance are available through Tempe Sister Cities’ Hackett House 480.350.8181, or through the TCA box office
at 480.350.2822. All ticket charges apply.