At the Kurt Weill Festival in March 2019, our new project with the Kammerchor Josquin des Préz premiered: “Cantate l’Adonai – Psalms from Synagogues and Churches”. In the next months we will present the program (sponsored by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony) in some Saxon cities. The patronage of the concert series, which sets a musical sign for tolerance and peaceful coexistence, has been taken over by the Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer.
Dates: May 4th Bautzen, St. Petri, May 5th Waldenburg, St. Bartholomäus, October 5th Zwickau, Friedenskirche, October 6th Döbeln, St. Nicolai
The Leipziger Synagogalchor e. V. has been a member of the Tolerant Saxony network since October 2018!
The network is a platform of about 100 Saxon initiatives, associations and organizations committed to the promotion of democratic culture and the fight against anti-Semitism and racism.
At the moment we are working together with the Kammerchor Josquin des Préz on a new CD – “Klingende Toleranz”.
We are recording the historic concert program from the Leipzig Synagogue from 1926, which we re-performed with great success in 2015 in Leipzig and 2018 at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau.
There are works by Jewish and Christian composers: Louis Lewandowski, Samuel Lampel, Salomon Rossi, Salomon Jadassohn, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Friedrich Handel, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Arnold Mendelssohn.
The CD will be published in January 2019 at the label querstand.
Sound engineer: Tobias Hoff, conductor: Ludwig Böhme.
We thank Dr. Arend Oetker for the kind financial support of our CD production.
The Leipziger Synagogalchor (Leipzig Synagogue Choir), a German ensemble that performs exclusively Jewish choral music, was established in 1962 by Cantor Werner Sander. Following Sander’s death, the ensemble’s direction was taken over by Helmut Klotz in 1972. Since 2012, Ludwig Böhme has served as the choir’s musical director. The recipient of several awards, the choir records and performs widely, promoting international- and interreligious dialogue. Much of the choir’s repertoire consists of the 19th century liturgical music that was sung in German synagogues – for choir and soloists, either a-cappella or with keyboard accompaniment – and pronounced in the particular Ashkenazi manner used by German Jewry up to the Holocaust. Today, some arrangements of Yiddish songs also make up the repertoire. What is totally unique about this ensemble is that conductor and members, none of whom belong to the Jewish faith, are keeping this important tradition alive and presenting it to audiences in Europe and further afield. This writer attended the concert held at the Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue, Jerusalem, on November 13th 2017, where the Leipzig choir was hosted by the Jerusalem Meitar Choir (director: Ido Marco). Soloists from Germany were Dorothea Wagner (soprano), Falk Hoffmann (tenor), Tilmann Löser (piano) and Reinhard Riedel (violin). Both choirs joined to open the event with Louis Lewandowski’s setting of “Ma Tovu” (How Great are thy tents), with the Leipzig Synagogalchor (and soloists) performing more of the much-loved Lewandowski songs; their sensitive singing of the soul-searching “Enosh” text from the Day of Atonement memorial service was especially expressive and moving: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” (Psalm 103). Continue reading
We go on our third concert tour to Israel from 10th to 19th of November 2017. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters who make the tour possible. We would like to thank our friends and partners in Israel who are preparing the concerts with so much commitment. All dates:
11.11. Jerusalem, Church of the Redeemer, 8 pm
12.11. Sde Boker, Music Club, 8.30 pm
13.11. Jerusalem, Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue, 8 pm
14.11. Tel Aviv, Beit Hatfutsot, 7.30 pm
15.11. Haifa, Krieger Center for Performing Arts, 7.30 pm
16.11. Jerusalem, Workshop with the choir of the Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue
18.11. Herzliya, City Hall, 8.30 pm
with Dorothea Wagner (soprano), Falk Hoffmann (tenor), Tilmann Löser (organ/piano), Reinhard Riedel (violin)
Supported by: Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Goethe Institut, Sächsische Staatskanzlei, Leipzigstiftung, Stadt Leipzig/Referat Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Stadt Leipzig/Kulturamt, GVL