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Christmas 2019

Let us now go even unto Bethlehem

Poster Christmas 2019

Arthur Somervell (1863 – 1937)
Christmas

A Short Choral Work for Churches and Choral Societies
For Soli, Mixed Choir and Orchestra

Rogier Michael (ca. 1553 – 1623)
Die Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi

Historia nach Texten der heiligen Schrift
Für Chor zu sechs Stimmen und Historicus

Historia after texts of the Holy Scriptures
For choir of six voices and Historicus

Alec Rowley (1892-1958)
Christmas Suite for strings

Time and venue
14 December 2019 – 19.00
Wartburgkirche Frankfurt
Hartmann-Ibach-Straße 108
60389 Frankfurt am Main
Performers
Elizabeth Reiter (soprano)
Alison Browner (alto)
Keith Bernard Stonum (tenor)
Alexander Knight (bass)
Kammerphilharmonie Bad Nauheim e.V.
Tickets
25€ / 20€ (reduced 20€ / 15€) via
tickets@TICChoir.de
Musikalien Petroll (Frankfurt, Oeder Weg 43)
box office

It doesn’t always have to be Bach!

A Christmas oratorio – but not by Bach! Sounds incredible but it’s true: well before and long after Bach there have been great musical interpretations of the Christmas Story. Two of these will be performed in concert by the Trinity International Concert Choir e.V. under the direction of Michael Muche on Saturday, 14 December at 19.00 in the Wartburgkirche in the Bornheim district of Frankfurt am Main.

Long before Bach, the Renaissance composer Rogier Michael produced a highly concentrated telling of the Christmas story. Only two performers suffice to tell of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. All the dramatis personae in the story are interpreted by the choir, with the contrasting solo voice of Tenor Keith Bernard Stonum as “Historicus”, the narrator leading us through the history.

By comparison the orchestration for the evening’s highlight: the Frankfurt premier of Arthur Somervell’s “Christmas” oratorio is almost lavish. Somervell was a Briton who, like his teachers Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford, completed his music education in Germany. Like no other composer before him he successfully used familiar melodies to create a work both easily accessible to the listener and at the same time complex and multi-facetted. “O Come All Ye Faithful”, for example, is the well-known melody underlying the tonally lush and emotionally charged conclusion of the work.

The warm, late Romantic orchestral coloration of the Bad Nauheim Kammerphilharmonie provides the musical setting against which the Christmas story unfolds and an outstanding group of top international soloists supplement the choir. Tenor Keith Bernard Stonum (Darmstadt Opera) is joined by Soprano Elizabeth Reiter (Frankfurt Opera), Alto Alison Browner and the young Australian Bass, Alexander Knight.

These two vocal works are linked by the Christmas Suite by Alec Rowley. Rowley works several English Christmas carols into an inventive and enjoyable cycle of variations for string orchestra. Sometimes sparkling and at times meditative – they are wonderful variations on these familiar melodies.


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We welcome new singers!

just come along to a rehearsal, sit down and sing with us:
Thursdays, from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm
at Trinity Lutheran Church, Nibelungenallee 54, 60318 Frankfurt am Main

you do not need to audition, but you should have some knowledge of Music

our rehearsals are held in English, but nearly all singers also speak German

if you would like more information first, you can always send an email (in any language you feel comfortable with) to Info@TICChoir.de

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Intercultural understanding through sacred and secular choral music!

The experience of working together on demanding and fulfilling music unites us.

We offer a musical home for people from all over the world living temporarily or permanently in the Rhine-Main region.

The Trinity International Concert Choir (TICC) e.V. began as “The Messiah Project” in 2011 and has since established itself in Frankfurt as a uniquely international choir. Concert programs in recent years have included Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John Passion, Dvorak’s Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, Bilder der Hoffnung (paintings of hope) by Petr Eben, Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle, Mozart’s Requiem in the version by Robert D. Levin and, most recently, Telemann’s Day of Judgment.

TICC rehearses at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt, an international, English-speaking parish whose former musical director, Dr. Jerrode Baker Marsh, was the impulse and guiding inspiration for the choir. Frankfurt’s multicultural society is reflected in the composition of the choir: currently about 60 singers from 13 different nations sing together. At Christmas, we usually present mixed programs of Advent songs and carols from our members’ home countries.

After single-handedly organizing the choir for its initial project performances of “Messiah” and then building and directing it afterwards, in 2015 Dr. Jerrode Baker Marsh passed the baton to our current director, Michael Muche.

Director

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Michael Muche has a particularly close affinity with choral music. He grew up in a family of church musicians and started singing in choirs at a very early age. He learned to play the piano and the violin, took singing lessons and was a member of various orchestras and bands. The time he spent as a chorister in the Nordhessischer Kammerchor and the Kammerchor St Jacobi in Göttingen was particularly influential in determining his later course in life.

He holds a degree in conducting from Dresden University of Music, where he studied with Professor Leißner and Professor Rademann. As part of his studies, he worked with professional orchestras such as the Saxon State Theatre Orchestra and the Erzgebirge Philharmonic in the town of Aue. He gained his first experience of opera productions in the University’s opera class, conducting, for example, Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw”.

While still a student, Michael Muche worked as the musical assistant of the Dresden Youth Symphony Orchestra and conducted the Werkstattorchester Dresden. He was also the musical director of the ecumenical choir of the Weinbergskirche in Dresden, where he conducted performances of Britten’s “Saint Nicolas Cantata” and Brahms’ “Liebesliederwalzer”.

After his graduation, Michael Muche was invited to work as the musical assistant at the Thuringia Castle Festival in Sondershausen. He has been teaching choral conducting at the Centre for Advanced Training in Sacred Music in Schlüchtern since 2012 and also works with the university orchestra in Gießen as its musical assistant. In June 2015 he was appointed as the new musical director of Trinity International Concert Choir, Frankfurt. He conducted the Marburg Chamber Orchestra, was the musical director in the production of Loewe’s oratorio “Jan Hus” with the Marburg Octet and conducted the world-premiere of ”Passio vitae II“ (Conrad Misch) with the choir Cantate Domino, Frankfurt. Current engagements have taken him to the Ringkirche in Wiesbaden as conductor of the children’s choir and orchestra, among others.

Especially the cooperation with Wolfgang Schäfer, Stefan Ottersbach and Matthias Mensching had a strong influence to his work.