The internationally renowned Vienna Boys' Choir will sing for Taiwanese music lovers around the island in the next two weeks, despite the general economic downturn, which has caused many concerts to be canceled, organizers said Monday.
"It is true that the recent economic downturn has a slight negative impact (on the sales of concert tickets) , but we are still confident as the choir has a great fame, " said Chou Tun-rern, general-manager of the Ars Formosa Company, which is organizing the concerts.
Chou told Central News Agency that about 90 percent of the tickets for the two concerts that will take place in Taipei on Nov. 4 and 5 have been sold, and that he was optimistic about box office sales in central and southern Taiwan.
The choir has come to Taiwan many times in the past because it is welcomed by Taiwanese audience, Chou said.
This year's performance will feature popular songs of several musicals, such as "If I were a rich man" from the Fiddler on the Roof and "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" from the Godspell, Chou said.
In Taiwan, cultural activities, such as musicals and stage plays, have done poorly at the box office or been canceled this year.
The phenomenon could be blamed on the economic downturn and the lack of long-term support for the art from the government, according to some local art magazines.
The Vienna Boys' Choir will perform on Oct. 28 in Taichung in central Taiwan, Oct. 29 in Tainan and Oct. 30 in Kaohsiung in the south.
The choir will continue the tour in northern Taiwan, with performances in Hsinchu on Oct. 31, in Jung-li on Nov. 1, as well as the performances in the capital on Nov. 4 and 5, according to the company.
Ticket prices range from NT$400 to NT$2,000 each.
The Vienna Boys' Choir was established in Austria in 1498 to provide musical accompaniment to the church Mass. Divided in four groups, the around 100 choristers, aged between 10 and 14, have given about 300 concerts per year around the world.