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Joseph Haydn – Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

In a joint project with the Polizeichor Frankfurt and Pro Musica Karben, we will perform “Die Schöpfung” (The Creation) by Joseph Haydn in September – at the Alte Oper Frankfurt!

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Taking on a huge project with non-professional choir singers is something the Rhine-Main area has not seen in decades. Six ensembles with some 260 singers join together in mid-September to perform Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “Die Schöpfung” / ”Creation” in Frankfurt’s premier concert hall, Alte Oper. This performance is under the patronage of the governor / Ministerpräsident of the state of Hesse, the honourable Boris Rhein. The patron of the second performance, held in the Bürgerzentrum Karben, is the chief administrative officer / Landrat of the Wetteraukreis, Herr Jan Weckler.

Each of the six choirs represent diverse backgrounds and bring special talents to this project. From Frankfurt come both the, rich in history, Frankfurt Police Choir as well as Trinity International Concert Choir, made up of singers from 10 different nationalities. Joining from Karben Pro Musica Internationaler Chor Karben e.V. and singers of the Neue Ensemble from Büttelborn which celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Add to this, the Kinder- und Jugendchor des Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium in Mainz and the Kinder- und Jugend choir LaCappella from Friedrichsdorf. Both youth choirs take on special rolls during the performances.

Bringing this all together are musical directors Steffen Bücher and his wife Marion E. Bücher-Herbst. The well-known soprano soloist studied at the Musikhochschule Mannheim and the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Heidelberg der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Baden. She sings the solo parts of Gabriel and Eve as well as serves as the music instructor and director of the Neue Ensemble Büttelborn.

Once Bücher selected this work to perform, the various choirs quickly and enthusiastically agreed to undertake together the musical project. However the two musical directors indicated from the beginning, “We aren’t bringing this great work from the first to the very last note before the audience, but are gingerly tweaking the oratorio. Today, where our planet shows signs of being so harmed and injured, performing the work as it was during Haydn’s time without commentary appears unsuitable.” For this change from the classical presentation, the two youth choirs take on the lead to express where they see the future of our globe is headed. “Just as our children and young people ask us what kind of a world we are leaving to future generations, so will the youth choirs undertake this during the performances,” says Bücher.

Nevertheless Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece remains the core of the concerts. The music director’s plan is to have the adult choirs sing the entire first half and an almost complete second half of the work. Besides Bücher-Herbst singing the soprano solo parts, other soloists include tenor Michael Porter from Oper Frankfurt, and Thomas Faulkner (bass) for the parts of the archangels Uriel and Raphael. Steffen Bücher is conducting the Capitol Symphonie Orchester.

The second half of the concert evening begins with Haydn’s “Creation” following the end of part 2 when the youth take over in a 15 minute segment. The Mainz-based singers present Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” while LaCappella performs two new compositions to the topic of climate change which were just been premiered at Germany’s Federal Botanical Exhibition in Mannheim. Both youth choirs conclude their performances by singing works from the musical “PlastiXX”, composed by Bücher-Herbst, concerning the pollution of the earth through plastic waste. The youth will be holding a mirror before the adult world to reflect on where our planet, God’s Creation, is going and how we got to this point. This presentation concludes with all choirs singing Haydn’s great final piece of the “Creation”, “Sing the Lord, ye voices all”.

Performance dates, ticket prices, and advance sales:

Saturday, September 16, 2023, 7:30 pm, Alte Oper Frankfurt; ticket price includes RMV-Ticket 25/30/35 €; online advance ticket sales: www.frankfurtticket.de or (069) 13 40 400

Sunday, September 17, 2023, 5:30 pm, Bürgerzentrum Karben, ticket price: 20 €; advance ticket sales: ticket office Bürgerzentrum Karben or info@pro-musica.de



Pentecost 2023 – Mozart, Spatzenmesse (Sparrow Mass)

Plakat Spatzenmesse Pfingsten 2023Exactly three weeks of preparation time from the idea to the performance – a novelty for TICC, a nice challenge and in the end a real success that gave us all a lot of pleasure!

At very short notice during the first week of May 2023, the Catholic parish of St. Peter and Paul from Kronberg approached our director Steffen Bücher with the wish to have the Whitsun High Mass accompanied by a mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Although the preparations for our “Creation Project” were and are in full swing, he and the choir did not want to miss such an exciting interim project.

Two regular rehearsals (and intensive self-study by the singers) were followed by the dress rehearsal, and on Pentecost Sunday, 28 May 2023 from 11.15 a.m. we accompanied the service with a very successful performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sparrow Mass” in C major (KV 220) and his Ave verum corpus (KV 618).

Time and venue:
Sonntag, 28.05.2023 – 11.15
Kirche St. Peter und Paul
Katharinenstraße 5, 61476 Kronberg im Taunus

Marion E. Bücher-Herbst (Soprano)
Regina Wahl (Alto)
Mathias Schlachter (Tenor)
Steffen Bücher (Bass)
Gisèle Kremer (Organ)
Trinity International Concert Choir e.V.
Capitol Symphonie Orchester
Steffen Bücher (Director)

Sing with us

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

Please note: From January to September 2023, we rehearse at a different location and start already at 19.30. If you are interested in singing along, please inquire in advance at Info@TICChoir.de .

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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Choir management

Meet TICC’s new choir director since May 2022: Steffen-Michael Bücher

Steffen Bücher really received his musical inclination from the cradle, since his grandparents were pianists, a renown piano duo heard throughout the concert and broadcasting worlds.

Already at the age of five, Bücher received his first piano instruction. In 1987 he won his first prize at the “Jugend musiziert” competition. This was followed by awards such as the “Begabtenförderung” of the city of Ladenburg, selection for MDR television recordings of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Halle in 1996 as well as other top prizes and scholarships.

He is a graduate in studies of piano, voice, and conducting. In addition to his artistic-academic training, Bücher completed teacher training studies in both music and physical education, completing both first and second state examinations.

His extensive studies have been rounded out by master classes with such notables as Sir Colin Davis, Helmuth Rilling (Stuttgart), Thomas Choir cantor Georg Christoph Biller (Leipzig), Peter Feuchtwanger (London), Konrad and Rudolf Meister (Hanover/Mannheim), Oskar Milani (Nuremberg), and others.

Following years of performing in recitals and concerts with various orchestras as both soloist and conductor in both Germany and abroad, Bücher made his opera debut in 2002.

Besides being a versatile musical performer, he has also been engaged in several cultural enterprises, both in directorial and management positions. He currently works for the Hessian Ministry of Culture as well as for the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation, has been appointed to various committees, and is a juror for musical competitions.

In 2023 Bücher expects to complete his doctoral thesis at the neurological clinic of the medical faculty at the university in Heidelberg.