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Les Petits Chanteurs a la croix de Bois, one of the world’s most respected boys’ choirs, is scheduled to sing in Shanghai on June 1. The program will include Mozart’s “Berceuse,” Sermisy’s “Mignonne, Allons Voir Si La Rose” and other vocal favorites from all over the world. The name of the choir derives from the wooden crosses traditionally worn by its members during concerts.
Formed in 1907, the choir at first concentrated mainly on religious songs. Things changed when a young priest named Abbe Maillet took over and began introducing popular French and foreign songs in 1924. This expanded repertoire helped the choir enlarge its audiences and established it as one of the best Gregorian choirs in the world. Throughout its history, the choir has performed in over 80 countries and regions.