Inclusion in the Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

https://www.unesco.de/kultur-und-natur/immaterielles-kulturerbe/immaterielles-kulturerbe-deutschland/verzeichnis-ike


March 13, 2020. We are very pleased that, on our initiative, the “Revitalization of Synagogue Choral Music of the 19th and 20th Centuries of Central and Eastern Europe” has been included in the Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage – as a good saveguarding praxis example for the preservation of the cultural heritage!
Since its foundation in 1962, the Leipziger Synagogalchor has devoted itself exclusively to Jewish music. The main concerns of the choir are the synagogue chants that emerged in the liberal synagogues (equipped with organs). The inclusion in the Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage has long been a concern for which we have won numerous other ensembles and institutions (Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, Shalom Chor Berlin, Synagogalchor Hanover, Synagogue Choir Dresden, Abraham Geiger College Potsdam, University of Music Weimar / Chair for the History of Jewish Music, Villa Seligmann Hanover, Louis Lewandowski Festival Berlin) for a joint application to the German UNESCO Commission under our leadership.
The letter from the commission states: “The committee of experts recognizes that this musical tradition is based on European-Christian music, but at the same time has preserved its Jewish roots. With the seizure of power by the National Socialists in the 1930s and the subsequent destruction of the synagogues and persecution of the Jews, the synagogue choral music also disappeared. It is particularly positive to note that the music tradition is being revived today by some choirs who study and develop the repertoire of the composers of synagogue choral music – also in exchange with each other – and perform them in concerts and festivals.“


Bloch in the Station


Now it’s online – our video of the final concert of the Jewish Week of June 30, 2019. How moving to relive the moment when 800 people in Leipzig’s main railway station listened to Ernest Bloch’s choral-symphonic Sabbath morning service “Avodath Hakodesh”.
Look here

Cantate l’Adonai – Sing to the Lord


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

A new CD is coming up

P1030097aAt 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.

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With: Tilmann Löser (organ), St. Thomas’ organist Ullrich Böhme (organ), Henrik Hochschild (violin), Anja Pöche (soprano), Susanne Langner (mezzo-soprano) and cantor Assaf Levitin (bass baritone).

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.

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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.

Israel Tour 2017

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

“Jewish Miniature” about Werner Sander

New publication!
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 €

Obermayer German Jewish History Award

On January 23, 2017, we received the Distinguished Service Award of the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards at the Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus in recognition of our decade-long work for Jewish music.
http://obermayer.us/award/2017/2017.htm
Verleihung des Obermayer German Jewish History Awards