Choirs - Vienna, February 2018
Buxtehude Choir Bad Oldesloe
The Buxtehude Choir of Bad Oldesloe originated in the Peter-Paul Choir founded 1919 by the organist and choirmaster of the Peter-Paul-Kirche, Ferdinand Rahmsdorf. It was given its new name in 1951 on the occasion of the “Buxtehude days” held in honour of the well-known Barock composer, Dietrich Buxtehude, who is said to have been born in Bad Oldesloe in 1637. The current organist and choirmaster is Henning Münther.
For over 50 years now, the choir has specialised in the performance of challenging church music, in particular oratorios and masses, performed with soloists and orchestras. The choir, with currently more than 50 members, also contributes music for special services in the Peter-Paul church in Bad Oldesloe. The aim of the choir is to present a wide variety of great works of church music to its listeners.
During 2017 the Buxtehude Choir performed the Misatango by Martin Palmeri on three occasions: on 15th July in the Peter-Paul church in Bad Oldesloe and on 26th and 27th August during its choir trip to Finland, in Helsinki and in Kerava. 2017 will finish with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (cantatas I and II and the Gloria BWV 191). In January 2018 rehearsals will begin for the oratorio Simon Petrus by Ludwig Meinardus.
Le Choeur Symphonique de Fribourg
The Fribourg Symphonic Choir was founded in 1958 by Abbot Pierre Kaelin in order to give all amateur singers the opportunity to sing symphonic works. Since then, the works of the greatest names in symphonic music such as Mozart, Bach, Borodin, Ravel, Mahler, Verdi and Gerschwin have been performed under the direction sometimes of great names, Igor Markewitch, Charles Dutoit and Mathias Jens. Swiss professional orchestras regularly accompany us, but we were also fortunate to be accompanied by the Monte-Carlo orchestra, Nice Côte d'Azur orchestra, and the Israel National Orchestra, among others.
In 2017 we performed the Misatango by Martin Palmeri and the Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins.
The training of amateur singers remains a priority for us, enabling us to bring to the greatest number this marvelous musical culture which can be a link of peace between the peoples.
We are a mixed choir based in Vienna with approximately 40 members originating from different Latin-American and European (mainly Austria) countries. The choir was founded in 2003 by Prof. Rubén Guarnaschelli of Argentinean origin, who also directed the choir until 2009. That year our current conductor, Pablo Boggiano, who was born in Argentina as well, assumed the artistic leadership. The „Coro Eurolatinoamericano“ has had many perfomances at different locations in Vienna, Lower Austria and Salzburg and completed a concert tour through Argentina and Uruguay in 2007. The choir participated in the flashmob „Ode an die Freude“ in the ballroom of the Viennese City Hall on the occasion of the Vienna City Marathon (2014), was part of Martin Palmeri’s tango opera „Mateo“ in the Theater Akzent in Vienna (2015) and has regularly performed at the choir festival „Internationales Adventsingen“ in the Viennese City Hall for several years. We perform Latin-American music in a broad sense and in different languages (Spanish, Portuguese and indigenous languages). Our aim ist to have a repertoire of folk songs and compositions of every Latin-American country, among these important works of contemporary composers like the „Misa Criolla“ of Ariel Ramirez, which we performed amongst several other occasions in St. Stephen’s Cathedral (2010) and in collaboration with the reknown Argentinian ensemble „Opus 4“ (2014) and also „Navidad Nuestra“.
Coro ITMC Buenos Aires
The choir was born as a study ensemble, formed by students of the singing career and other musicians of the “Instituto Tecnológico de Música Contemporánea” College. It was created in 2009 and directed by Mtro. Pablo Quinteros, and it has performed concerts in many halls and theaters of Buenos Aires City since then. Actually 25 singers participated in the “Argentinian Project”, a repertoire of argentinian composers (Piazzola, Moruja, Palmeri, etc).
In 2016 the ensemble participated in the 20th anniversary concert of Martín Palmeri’s Misatango, held in Carnegie Hall (NY-USA); the choir also traveled to the United States in 2017 for the world premiere of Palmeri’s Tango Credo celebrated at Lincoln Center.
Choral Conductor, singer and musical arranger, he studied choral direction on the “Conservatorio Provincial Juan José Castro” of Buenos Aires, orchestral conducting with Mtro. Jorge Fontenla, opera conducting with Mtro. Antonio Russo, singing with Maestros Ricardo Catena and Ricardo Yost, composition and arrangements with Juan “Pollo” Raffo and Daniel Camelo.
Artistic Director of the “Programa COROS PORTEÑOS”, from the Cultural Promotion Departement, Culture Ministry of Buenos Aires City Government, dedicated to the promotion of the socio-cultural life of Buenos Aires city through choral music.
Under this special program, he conducts the Choir of Employees of Buenos Aires City Government and the “Agrupación Coral Porteña” choir.
As choral director and arranger, he leads the Coro ITMC Buenos Aires, CORAL ALMAVIVA, Cheek to Chicks! and VOCAL A LA CARTA.
Ensemble vocal Le Tourdion
The choir « Le Tourdion », named after a Renaissance dance, was created in Dole, in the French jura, in 1978. It now counts about 40 chorus singers.
The activity of the choir has always been turned towards classical works. Thus « Le Tourdion » performed Hayden’s Stabat Mater, Fauré's Requiem, Stravinsky’s Wedding, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Saint John’s Passion, Brahms’ German Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass ...
Since September 2012, Florence Grandclément has been directing Le Tourdion and has oriented the choice of works following 2 trilogies : the first being more classic and the second, contemporary. After having peformed Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 589, BWV 227 Jesu motet, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Meine Freude and Solemn Vespers for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Confessor KV 339, Le Tourdion now is playing works by contemporary composers.
The second trilogy began in June 2016 with Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass. With this "rising sun" mass, the composer tends to convey a certain form of spirituality and a metaphysical vision of the human condition. It transcribes the fusion of celestial harmonies and dissonances of the earth in perpetual evolution and leads the listener in an imaginary journey from heaven to earth ...
As second part of our trilogy of contemporary works, Le Tourdion performed, in June 2017, Misa in Buenos Aires or Misatango by Argentine composer Martin Palmeri. A classical mass written on a tune of tango. The instrumentation based on a string orchestra, a piano and a bandoneon gives this work a very particular color. The syncopated rhythms, the well marked highlights, the alternation between the instrumental interventions and the voices underline the intensity of this work and transport the listeners in the marvelous universe of the tango.
Finally, the second trilogy of contemporary works performed by Le Tourdion will be closed by Jenkins’ Stabat Mater, which will be given in Dole on June 8, 2018.