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.
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
115 years ago, Oberkantor Werner Sander, the founder of the Leipziger Synagogalchor, was born, 45 years ago he died.
The musicologist Tina Frühauf Ph. D. (New York) has explored the history of his life and work:
In October 2017 the volume 213 of the “Jewish Miniatures”, dedicated to Werner Sander, will be published by Hentrich & Hentrich, edited by the Louis Lewandowski Festival, in German and English language.
The publication will also shed light on the first ten years of choir history (1962-1972).
Tina Frühauf: Werner Sander
“to finally fortify peace”. A Vital Exponent of Jewish Music in the GDR
80 pages, softcover, 20 illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-95565-238-8, 8.90 €
Now it has been released, the CD of the program “Lidl fun goldenem land – Yiddish songs in new arrangements”, published by the label querstand at Verlagsgruppe Kamprad.
With support from the Ernst Schering Foundation Berlin twelve new arrangements of Yiddish songs have emerged for the concert stage. Internationally renowned arrangers have been inspired by the melodies and created complex, colorful and innovative arrangements, offering an impressive variety, which brings to life the melodic and emotional richness of the Yiddish songs in a contemporary and creative way. In addition to these new arrangements by Matthias Becker, Ludwig Boehme, Reiko Fueting, Juan Garcia, Walter Thomas Heyn, Fredo Jung and Philip Lawson, the CD contains two reminiscences of the choir’s arrangements of the 60’s and 80’s by Werner Sander and Friedbert Gross.