Concert within the Brno - Stuttgart partnership: Music for Friendship

28 February 2024, 1:00
Concert within the Brno - Stuttgart partnership: Music for Friendship

Years of international cooperation between the cities of Brno and Stuttgart will culminate in one musical event - a joint concert in the Hall of the Brothers of Charity. Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle will be performed by the Ökumenischer Choir.

In 1867, Gioacchino Rossini completed a work called Petite Messe Solennelle - the traditional Latin Missa solemnis, or "solemn mass", which is usually written by other composers for the setting of Roman Catholic churches. Rossini, however, wrote his composition for a private salon and probably did not realise how revolutionary and timeless it would turn out to be. The very title "A Solemn Little Mass" is ironic, for what was meant to be a petit/small one lasts a sublime 80 minutes in its performance. The piece, written between 1863 and 1867, was originally intended for a small ensemble of vocalists and instruments, including a harmonium, two pianos and a choir of twelve singers with four soloists. As part of the partnership between the cities of Brno and Stuttgart, the international Ökumenischer Choir will perform this mass in cooperation with Brno artists in a concert entitled Music for Friendship/Musik bringt Freu(n)de. In an exceptional international setting, the Stuttgart choir will be led by choirmaster Florian Löth. Pianists Ema Jedlička Gogova and Šárka Bartošová will play the piano parts, while the organist David Sedlář will play the harmonium part. Together with the choir members, German soloists will perform in singing parts. The soprano will be sung by Sophie Sauter, the alto by Margret Hauser, the tenor by Jo Holzwarth and the bass by Malte Kebschull.

The concert is announced for 27 March 2024 at 6:00 p.m. in the hall of the Brothers of Mercy.

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