Friday, April 9, 2010

Junger Chor Speyer

Standing ovations for the Junge Chor Speyer's first US concert in NYC

They could not have had a better opening concert for their 2008 USA Performance Tour. The 23 singers of the "Junge Chor Speyer" directed by Marie Theres Brand performed to a full house in New York City on March 26, 2008 in beautiful St. Matthias R.C. church. The program of sacred and secular works titled "Mozart & Friends" received several minute-long applauses and the choir was rewarded with standing ovations from almost everyone attending when the concert concluded. Especially the selection of German folk songs were true crowd pleaser: "Kein schoener Land" was requested as an encore and became particularly moving when many of the German-speaking guests sang along during that repeat performance. Mozart's "Sancta Maria" - accompanied by the string-quartet traveling with the choir - was also performed twice.

Between 400 and 500 people from all over the Big Apple attended their very first concert on US soil, some even came all the way from New Jersey and Connecticut as the performance hosted by St. Matthias and co-organized by Incantato Tours & Concert Management had been advertised all over the Tri-State area and highlighted as a special event in the media and various official information outlets like the German consulate's website. Director Marie Theres Brand and her singers were very moved by the warm reception and positive feedback they received from the audience and also their hosts.

Msgr. Ed Scharfenberger of St. Matthias who had spontaneously welcomed the choir from Speyer into his parish when approached only a few months ago commented on the event in an email shortly after the concert: "The Junger Chor was a true and timely gift to our community. You could see the expression on the faces of the people who attended – how happy they were. I heard so many people comment about how uplifting it was to see and hear so many young people come together to make such beautiful music. But it was even more than the music. It was the sense of HOPE that their presence gave to the people who are not always given an opportunity to see the results of good leadership, youthful goodness and enthusiasm and – let’s face it, love and discipline – all come together. The many connections that were made will only deepen the impression made. This was a wonderful event that will always be a treasured memory of our parish."

The choir continues to Ohio and Illinois were additional formal and informal concerts are scheduled. They return to Germany on April 3, 2008.

Pictures and videos taken at the event will be posted here later.

Junger Chor Speyer performs in New York City

The German Youth Choir "Junger Chor Speyer" presents the first formal concert of its 11-day Performance Tour to the USA tonight at St. Matthias R.C. Church in Ridgewood, NY on March 26, 2008.

Starting at 7:30 pm, the 23 singers present a selection of sacred works and international folksongs. "Mozart & Friends" is the title of their performance which is part of the centennial celebration at the Queens parish founded 100 years ago.

Selections for the performance will be from the following:

Sacred Works

Jubilate Deo W. A. Mozart
Benedictus sit Deus
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei
Laudate Dominum
Herr Gott, dich loben wir.

Ave verum F. X. Süssmayr

Exultate Deo J. M. Haydn

Sonate d - moll J. F. Fasch
String-Quartet „Continuo“

Sound the trumpet H. Purcell

Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Ubi Caritas et amor H. G. Hinderberger

The Lord bless you J. M. Michel
Jubilate Deo

International Folk Music

Musica, die ganz lieblich Kunst J. Jeep
Sah ein Knab ein Röslein stehn F.Lerndorfer
Kommt, ihr G´spielen M. Franck
Horch, was kommt von draußen rein M. Brand
Der Jäger längs dem Weiher ging F. Dietrich
Wenn alle Brünnlein fließen E. Hübner
Vocal—Song aus:Feuerwerksmusik G.F. Händel
Bongo Bongo H. Lemmermann
Hava nagila H. Lemmermann
Per Spelmann M. Brand
Viele verachten die edle Musik G. Wolters
Kein schöner Land K. Wolf
Der Mond ist aufgegangen A. Seifert

The entrance is free.

This short video clip was taken during the first rehearsal. Enjoy!

Junger Chor Speyer coming to the US in March

The German Youth Choir "Junger Chor Speyer" is counting the days until their very first North-American Performance Tour. The ensemble from Speyer is going to land in New York City on March 24.

The "Big Apple" is the starting point for an 11-day tour leading them via New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio to Illinois. The choir directed by Marie Theres Brand is flying out of Chicago on April 3.

Their concert schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 PM concert at St. Matthias R. C. Church - Ridgewood, NY

Friday March 28, &:30 PM concert at Church of Ascension - Lakewood, OH

Sunday, March 30, 10 AM worship service at Faith Lutheran Church - Fairlawn, OH

Sunday, March 7:30 PM concert at Fairlawn Lutheran Church - Fairlawn, OH

Additional performances and exchanges are scheduled at and with: Central Christian Concert Choir, SCC Touring Choir, Firestone H.S. for Visual & Performing Arts, Red Rose Children's Choir of Lake County.

The "Junger Chor Speyer" thanks all hosts for their hospitality. The choir also says a special Dankeschoen to St. Matthias Church, the Summit Choral Society as well as the Goethe-Institute for their generous support.