St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig gave a one-off impromptu concert in Times Square

The historic St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig recently went on tour in the US. During the trip, the world-famous choir also gave a concert in New York. The young singers took a break from rehearsals before the concert to put on a very special performance as ambassadors for their native Saxony.

Under the slogan “Simply Saxony”, they held a brief impromptu concert on 12th November at 5:00 pm in Times Square. The German folk song “Sah ein Knab ein Röslein steh’n” was among the songs sung by the choir. The performance was not advertised and came as a genuine surprise to New Yorkers and tourists alike.

Last year, the choir celebrated its 800th anniversary. The most famous St. Thomas chorister over the centuries was undoubtedly Johann Sebastian Bach. Then as now, this great, vibrant choral tradition is an integral part of Saxony’s identity which touches many people and places.

The Times Square concert was an impromptu initiative by the choir designed to promote Saxony as a place that boasts a rich musical heritage and where world-class stars are at home. The initiative was part of the “Simply Saxony” campaign, with the slogan standing for a particular way of approaching life. People from Saxony have a can-do attitude, are creative, innovative, warm-hearted and committed – just like the St. Thomas choristers who embody these virtues.