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Phoenix Boys Choir travels throughout China during 5-week concert tour

10/2/17

NORTH VALLEY – The Phoenix Boys Choir performed a 5-week concert tour in China this summer, in what the choir described as the experience of a lifetime.

Phoenix Boys Choir Executive Director Oleg Shvets explained how the trip came to be, stating that the China-based Poly Theater Group invited the choir to go on a sponsored 23-city, 5-and-a-half-weeks tour over summer 2017.

“It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!” Shvets said in an email interview.

“The PBC typically does a 3-week long International Tour every other year, so this fit perfectly into our schedule,” Shvets said. “The Boys performed in a different city and theater for each performance for audiences that reached 600-1,200 per concert.”

The choir had the opportunity to experience a unique culture and visit places many schoolkids only read about.

“After being in a completely different country and culture for well over a month, the Boys were entrenched in a cultural experience second to none,” Shvets described, noting that the choir had the opportunity to visit many famous sites, including the Great Wall, The Forbidden Temple, and Tiananmen Square. “These experiences gave the boys insight and an educational opportunity that just can't be replicated in a classroom here in the United States. The Boys were also immersed into the cultural fabric of the Chinese culture, learning the language, eating the food, and meeting the people that make China such a unique place.”

This trip marked the first time since 1998 the Phoenix Boys Choir had toured China. The 2017 concert tour began in Beijing and concluded in Shanghai, with the choir performing in more than 20 different venues. During the China tour, the Phoenix Boys Choir performed to acclaim from their audiences, selling over 800 CDs during the tour.

“Many of the concerts halls were sold out with over 1,000 people in attendance singing and applauding the Boys,” Shvets described. “After each concert, the Boys had the opportunity to go into the lobby and meet and greet the patrons, sign autographs, and take photos.”

The Phoenix Boys Choir has helped generations of boys experience the world through music. Founded in 1947, the choir has recorded CDs; performed for multiple dignitaries, including four U.S. presidents; and received numerous awards, including a Grammy Award in 2000.

The choir’s mission statement reads: “The Phoenix Boys Choir, through educating boys in the art of singing and performing the finest music in the boy choir tradition, develops character, discipline, leadership, global awareness, and a strong commitment to excellence, thereby contributing to the greater Phoenix musical life and enhancing Arizona's cultural reputation nationally and internationally.”

The boys of the choir come from throughout the Valley, including three current performers from the Cave Creek area. Their diverse backgrounds, educations, and musical abilities help shape the choir into a harmonious blend. The choir offers them an excellent musical education and advancements and opportunities like the China tour that wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. Each year, the choir performs a full concert season, reaching almost 100,000 people every year.

See more about the Phoenix Boys Choir, including a full concert schedule, at www.boyschoir.org.