Performances in 2012

On A Cold Winter's Night
Time: December 8, 2012
Location: Evang.-Luth. St.-Michaelis-Kirchengemeinde, Karpfenstr. 7, 67655 Kaiserslautern
Time: December 9, 2012
Location: Protestantische Kirche, Erzhütterstr. 68, 67659 Kaiserslautern-Erzhütten
Time: December 16, 2012
Location: Christuskirche, Am Heiligenhäuschen 9, 67657 Kaiserslautern
Poster

Our advent time program contained songs by Johann Sebastian Bach to Morten Lauridsen. Details can be found here.

The Rheinpfalz newspaper said in its review of the concert in the St.Michaelis church:

“If you experienced the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir a few years ago, you were in for a big surprise. Patrick Casey has formed the choir into a sounding ensemble of surprising quality. Especially convincing is the rich euphony; … the singing is precise and clean, the phrasing is excellent, and the director cares about dynamics and a nice final ritardando.”

Christmas Concert with the USAFE-Band
Time: December 14, 2012
Location: Fruchthalle Kaiserslautern, Fruchthallstraße 10, 67655 Kaiserslautern

In 2012 we were again happy to participate in this special concert evening with our own program and joint pieces with the USAFE concert band. The choir program contained the following pieces: Adeste fidelis - Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein - Sicut Locutus Est - Gloria in excelsis Deo - In the bleak mid-winter - All On a Cold Winter’s Night - Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child (with the USAFE Jazz Band) and Let There Be Peace On Earth, as well as a Medley Deutscher Weihnachtslieder, performed jointly with the USAFE Band.

In its concert review “Santa Claus’ beard cut off”, the Rheinpfalz newspaper writes about the choir:

“A mixed choir of all age groups, based on a human unity of Americans, Germans and members of many other nations that has grown for 25 years, experiencing and creating choral singing together at a high level of proficiency. In classic a-capella style or accompanied by varying ensembles - they always gave a very rounded and balanced impression. Traditional chorals and compositions by Bach exemplified such a high homogeneity in sound and expressiveness that it made for the purest and most clear joy of listening.”

Fruchthalle
Blackbirds - Winter Songs
Time: December 6, 2012
Location: Weihnachtsmarkt, Schillerplatz, 67655 Kaiserslautern
Time: December 9, 2012
Location: ASZ Weihnachtsmarkt, Pfaffstr. 3, 67655 Kaiserslautern

The “Blackbirds” are a chamber choir consisting of members of the big choir. The following pieces were included in our 30-minute program for the advent times: Bring a torch, Jeannette, Isabella! (French Carol) - Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (Arr.: Gottfried Wolters) - Mary’s Little Boy Child/Go tell it on the Mountain (Arr.: Stephanie Benton) - My Dancing Day (Arr.: Alice Parker, Robert Shaw).

Schillerplatz
Harvest of Praise - Kultural Exchange
Time: September 21, 2012
Location: Stadthalle Landstuhl
Erzhütten
Poster

The RPIC and the Blackbirds were invited to participate in the event “Harvest of Praise - Kultural Exchange”. This gave us the opportunity to present one of the musical genres we enjoy - spirituals and gospels.

Our program consisted of the following pieces:

  • Ride On, King Jesus - My Lord, What a Mornin’ (Arr.: Russell Robinson)
  • Soon Ah Will Be Done (Arr. William L. Dawson)
  • There is a Balm in Gilead (Arr. William L. Dawson)
  • Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel
  • Let Everything That Hath Breath (Jeffery L. Ames).

The Blackbirds performed:

  • I’m Gonna Sing (Arr. A.Parker, R.Shaw) -
  • 23rd Psalm (Bobbie McFerrin) -
  • Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit (Arr. William L. Dawson).
German Choir Festival 2012
Time: June 9, 2012
Location: Frankfurt Downtown
Flyer

We participated in the German Chorfest 2012 in Frankfurt and performed part of our program on June 9th during two 20-minute performances at the IG Metall-Hochhaus and in the St. Katharinenkirche.

A Musical Spring Bouquet
Time: June 2, 2012, 8pm
Location: Deutschordensaal Kaiserslautern, Am Altenhof 12, 67655 Kaiserslautern
Time: May 19, 2012, 7:30pm
Location: Kath. Kirche St. Michael, Erzhütter Straße 105, 67659 Kaiserslautern
Poster

Our program comprised secular songs, madrigals, folklore and pop songs, as well as sacred songs and spirituals in many languages (german, english, latin, italian, amd french). In its concert review entitled “Fascinating Vocal Moments” the Rheinpfalz newspaper describes the choir’s performance as

“high level of choral singing: with good intonation and vocal purity par excellence and with clear, pronounced diction.”

Spring Singin'
Time: May 31st, 2012
Location: Baumholder Middle/High School

he choir participated in the Spring Singin’ at Baumholder Middle/High School, together with the BMHS Chorus and the Baumholder Glee Club.

Our program:

BMHS Chorus and “Blackbirds”:

  • Earth Song (Frank Ticheli)
  • The Seal Lullabye (Eric Whitacre)

“Blackbirds”:

  • In These Delightful Pleasant Groves (Henry Purcell)
  • Se ben video vita mia (Giovanni Gastoldi)
  • Ich fahr’ dahin (Johannes Brahms)
  • Sure on this Shining Night (Morton Lauridsen)
  • And I Love Her (Lennon and McCartney/arr. Bob Chilcott)
  • Soon Ah Will Be Done (Amerikan. Spiritual/Arr. William Dawson)

BMHS Chorus and “Blackbirds”:

  • They Can’t Take that Away from Me (George and Ira Gershwin/arr. Carl Strommen).
Anniversary of the MGV Sötern
Time: May 20, 2012
Location: Mehrzweckhalle Sötern

The Sötern Men’s Chorus celebrated its 100th anniversary this year with a choir festival. Our choir was invited to give a 45-minute performance at the grand finale of the festival.

We sang the following pieces:

  • Se ben vedio vita mia
  • Fair Phillis
  • Ich fahr dahin
  • Ein Jäger aus Kurpfalz
  • Locus Iste
  • Dirait On
  • Erev Shel Shoshanim
  • Seal Lullaby
  • Aint a That Good News
  • Ching-a Ring Chaw
  • Soon ah will be Done
  • Encore: Bridge Over Troubled Water