Performances in 2019

Memorial Concert - 75th Anniversary of the Destruction of Saarbrücken
Time: 5. October, 6pm
Location: Ludwigskirche Saarbrücken

In the night of October 5th, 1944, the Ludwigskirche was almost completely destroyed during a bombing of Saarbrücken. A memorial concert was held on the 75th anniversary of the bombing. Our choir was invited to particiapte in the performance of Dona nobis pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gloria by Francis Poulenc under the direction of Ulrich Seibert. Performers at the concert were Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Matthias Horn (Baritone), the Figuralchor of the Ludwigskirche, the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir, and the Kammerphilharmonie Mannheim.

Praise and Prost
Time: 1. June, 6pm
Location: Pauluskirche, Hahnenbalz 38, 67663 Kaiserslautern
Time: 2. June, 5pm
Location: Gustav-Adolf-Kirche, Erzhütterstraße 68, 67659 Kaiserslautern

Our concerts on June 1st and 2nd presented a program full of diversity - both musical and thematic, as one can guess from our concert motto. “Praise” - a selection of sacred songs and spirituals by Palestrina, Berlioz, Fauré, Aguiar, Casals, Hayes, and Tin. “Prost” - songs about drinking, sociability, and parting by Offenbach and Brahms, as well as from the songbook of Irish folk music. Additional songs by Darmon Meader, and Clara Schumann, whose 200th birthday is celbrated this year, were topping off the program compiled by our director Jennifer Hsiung.

In his review of the June 1st concert for the Rheinpfalz newspaper, Reiner Henn characterizes the “custom-made sound garment” acquired by the choir over the last years and writes:

The impressive choral sound lives from a noticeable expressiveness and is carried by lyrical enthusiasm. It is inspired by a lively joy of musicianship and pronounced will to vividly characterize text content and musical refinements.

The following program order was performed:

  • Salmo 150 - Ernani Aguiar
  • Sicut Cervus - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Baba Yetu - Christopher Tin
  • Glou, glou, glou - Jacques Offenbach
  • Prière du Matin - Hector Berlioz
  • Nigra sum - Pablo Casals
  • Erev Shel Shoshanim - Josef Hadar/Moshe Dor
  • Tafellied - Johannes Brahms
  • Abendlied - Josef Rheinberger
  • Cantique de Jean Racine - Gabriel Fauré
  • Vorwärts ‘Lass das Träumen, lass das Zagen’ - Clara Schumann
  • The Parting Glass - Irish Trad., Arr.: Stephen Ross, Benjamin Lunstad
  • Irish Blessing - Arr. Don Gray
  • I’ll Be Seeing You - Darmon Meader
  • Walking Down That Glory Road - Mark Hayes


Pauluskirche - 1. Juni (Foto: Karin Hoffmann)