President of the German Bundestag speaks at opening ceremony on March 4th 2016
In 2016, the world-famous Kreuzchor celebrates its 800th anniversary. The city of Dresden paid tribute to its choir’s anniversary this Friday with a ceremonial act in Dresden’s splendid Semperoper. City mayor Dirk Hilbert, Bundestag president Norbert Lammert and Saxony’s Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich spoke before more than 1000 invitees from the fields of politics, economy and culture.
In his address, Mayor Hilbert referred to the long history of the city’s oldest cultural ensemble: “The thought alone of the common start of city and choir in the early 13th century is a fascinating one. It shows how closely choir tradition and city history are woven together, how strongly highs and lows connect us and how intensely common values and aspirations shape us. But the most impressive thing is how closely this is all related to the present moment. For celebrating the Dresden Kreuzchor means celebrating not only one of the world’s oldest boys’ choirs but also an ensemble which is constantly rejuvenated and renewed and which makes music full of passion, on the highest level.”
Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile thanked not only the choir’s friends and sponsors, but especially the Crucians and their parents for their unwavering commitment and steadily invested energy to make 800 years’ worth of choir history come alive. After the Prime Minister, the president of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, gave his address. The choir itself was present in different positions in the house and performed works by Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Maria von Weber with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. A reception for the Crucians and their guests followed the ceremony.
More concerts during the anniversary year
Since December of last year and throughout 2016, the Dresden Kreuzchor will be celebrating its anniversary. The Crucians will be performing about 70 concerts and liturgical services in the Kreuzkirche as well as two ceremonial concerts (Bach’s Mass in B minor on September 25th and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis on April 23rd), highlights of the Dresden concert season. The latter of the two concerts will conclude the joint anniversary week of Kreuzkirche and Kreuzgymnasium in the presence of Federal President Joachim Gauck.
Beyond the city which is given such a special national and international reputation by the Crucians, the Dresden Kreuzchor will give its debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival with the Sächsische Staatskapelle (March 23rd) and perform an a cappella summer tour as well as another tour with the Dresden Philharmonic, performing Johannes Brahms’s German Requiem five times in the country’s foremost concert venues.
The choir’s Träger is the City of Dresden, its artistic homestead the Kreuzkirche. At the moment, about 125 boys aged 9 to 18 sing in the ensemble which was founded in the early 13th century. The basis of its musical work is the accompaniment of the liturgical services in the Kreuzkirche, which also serves as a splendid venue for the choir’s concerts with up to 3000 spectators. As the city’s oldest and critically acclaimed cultural institution, the Dresden Kreuzchor has marked Dresden’s musical life in a very special way and spreads the city’s reputation as a cultural metropolis throughout the world as one of its most prominent ambassadors – not only live, but also on radio, TV, CD, social media and on the internet. The CD “800 Jahre Dresdner Kreuzchor”, comprising musical works from eight centuries of choir history, was released by edel:kultur in time for the opening ceremony.
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