. Interchanging Idioms: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to Perform Brahms' A German Requiem with the Berliner Philharmoniker Dec 18-20 in Berlin

Friday, November 27, 2009

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to Perform Brahms' A German Requiem with the Berliner Philharmoniker Dec 18-20 in Berlin

Live webcast of the Dec. 20 concert through the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus with ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles and Director of Chorus Norman Mackenzie will perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the third time in six years in December at the Berlin Philharmonie. They will travel to Berlin for three performances of Brahms’s A German Requiem on Friday, December 18, Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20, 2009. Soprano Genia Kühmeier and bass-baritone Gerald Finley will be the soloists.

The concert on Sunday, December 20 will be webcast live through the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall 2PM EST / 11AM PST. Tickets for the live webcast cost 9.90 euros, approx US$15. Tickets and more information about the Digital Concert Hall are available at www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/dch.

Mr. Runnicles and the ASO Chorus made their debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in December 2003 performing Britten’s War Requiem. Following the performance, Der Tagesspiegel wrote: “The world has really turned a bit topsy-turvy when our fabulous Berliner Philharmoniker turn around in their orchestra seats to applaud an American amateur chorus.” Mr. Runnicles and the ASO Chorus were invited back in May 2008 to sing the Berlioz Requiem.

The Berlin concerts will also feature the premiere of a new harp concerto by Shane Currier called Traces with Marie-Pierre Langlamet as soloist. The work was commissioned jointly by the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker and the Grand Teton Music Festival of which Mr. Runnicles is the Music Director.

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