Performances in 2013

A Ceremony of Carols
Time: December 15th, 2013, 7pm
Location: Pauluskirche, Hahnenbalz 38, Kaiserslautern

The title of this year’s advent concert was inspired by Benjamin Brittens work “A Ceremony of Carols”, parts of which were performed to honor his 100th anniversary. We also sang carols and choral works from Germany, USA, Austria, France, and Africa. As guests we welcomed the Otterberg childrens choir “Singing Squirrels” directed by Mrs. Suann Strickland. The following musicians participated in our concert: Larissa Schmitt (Harp), Elisabeth Ramirez (Violin), Carolyn Sierichs (Flute) and Jon Friedman (Percussion).

Pauluskirche

The choir performed the following pieces:

  • A Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    • 1. Procession
    • 2. Wolcum Yole!
    • 3. There is no Rose
    • 6. This little Babe (Blackbirds)
    • 10. Deo Gracias
  • Still, still, still – Arr.: Norman Luboff (1917-1987)
  • Jesus bleibet meine Freude – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Pat-A-Pan/Fum, Fum - Arr. Philip Kern
  • Sure On This Shining Night - Morten Lauridsen (*1943)
  • Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her - Max Reger (1873-1916)
  • Lieb’ Nachtigall, wach auf! - Willi Träder (1920-1981)
  • Chapua Kali Desemba – John Parker/David Lantz III (*1956)
  • The Alfred Burt Carols - Alfred S. Burt (1920-1954) (Blackbirds)
    • Caroling, Caroling
    • All On A Christmas Morning
    • We’ll Dress The House
  • O Come, Little Children – Arr. David Giardiniere with the Singing Squirrels
  • Ding Dong! Merrily On High - Arr. Howard Cable (*1920) with the Singing Squirrels
  • Deutsche Weihnachtslieder - Arr. Suann Strickland, Charles Anderson
  • A Merry Christmas - Arr. Arthur Warrell
Christmas Concert with USAFE Band
Time: December 13th, 2013, 8pm
Location: Fruchthalle, Fruchthallstraße 10, 67655 Kaiserslautern
Fruchthalle

Like every year, we perform as guests of the USAFE Band in their annual Christmas Concert in Kaiserslautern and presented a few pieces from our winter program:

  • A Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    • 1. Procession
    • 2. Wolcum Yole!
    • 3. There Is No Rose
    • 10. Deo Gracias
  • Jesus bleibet meine Freude – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Lieb’ Nachtigall, wach auf! - Willi Träder (1920-1981)
  • Chapua Kali Desemba – John Parker/David Lantz III (*1956)
  • Ding Dong! Merrily On High - Arr. Howard Cable (*1920)
  • Carols Of The Season - trad.
  • Deutsche Weihnachtslieder - Arr. Suann Strickland, Charles Anderson
  • A Merry Christmas - Arr. Arthur Warrell

Fruchthalle

Blackbirds - Songs of the Season
Time: 6. December 2013, 6:30pm
Location: ASZ Christmas Market, 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:

  • The Alfred Burt Carols - Alfred S. Burt
    • Caroling, Caroling
    • All On A Christmas Morning
    • We’ll Dress The House
  • Lieb’ Nachtigall, wach auf! - Willi Träder
  • Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her - Max Reger
  • Hark! the Herald-angels Sing - Felix Mendelssohn
  • Still, still, still – Arr.: Norman Luboff
  • Ding Dong! Merrily On High - Arr. Howard Cable
  • Pat-A-Pan/Fum, Fum - Arr. Philip Kern
  • O Come, Little Children – Arr. David Giardiniere
  • Deutsche Weihnachtslieder - Arr. Suann Strickland, Charles Anderson
Grant Us Peace
Time: June 8, 2013, 8pm
Location: Deutschordensaal, Am Altenhof 12, 67655 Kaiserslautern
Deutschordensaal

Our program for the evening featured a variety of pieces that - despite being of different origin and musical style - share a common theme: peace and freedom. Our centerpiece, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV589), was performed with soloists Meike Wilding (Soprano) and He Sui (Mezzosoprano) and a chamber orchestra that had been assembled specifically for this concert. Another highlight was the performance of Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto in E-flat major for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra with Gregg Wrenn (Saxophone).

Here our complete program:

  • Concerto in E-flat major for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra - Alexander Glazunov (Solist: Greg Wrenn)
  • Gloria RV589 - Antonio Vivaldi (Soloists: Meike Wilding - Sopran und He Sui - Mezzosopran)
    Gloria in excelsis Deo - Laudamus te - Gratias agimus tibi - Propter Magnam Gloriam - Domine Deus - Domine, Fili unigenite - Domine Deus, Agnus Dei - Qui tollis peccata mundi - Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris - Quoniam tu solus sanctus - Cum Sancto Spiritu
  • Verleih uns Frieden - Felix Mendelssohn
  • For the Beauty of the Earth - John Rutter
  • Nigra Sum - Pablo Casals
  • Ose Shalom - Arr.: John Leavitt
  • Begone, Dull Care! - Arr.: Earlene Rentz
  • Ubi Caritas - Ola Gjeilo (Blackbirds)
  • The Ground - Ola Gjeilo
  • Earth Song - Frank Ticheli
  • Distant Land - John Rutter

The following musicians performed in the chamber orchestra:

  • Violin: Elisabeth Ramirez, Valérie Krampe, Susanne Kemmner, Deven Diaz, Regina Weimer, Anne-Kathrin Böhm
  • Viola: Johanna Mann, Cornelia Ebert
  • Violoncello: Hans Naßhahn, Alexander Krampe
  • Double Bass: Dorothée Schmitt
  • Oboe: Heiner Görissen
  • Clarinet: Michael Lill
  • Bassoon: Stefan Rogel
  • Trumpet: Tim Allums
Grant Us Peace
Time: May 21, 2013, 6:30pm
Location: Ramstein North Chapel, Ramstein Air Base

The Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir presented their 2013 spring concert, Grant Us Peace, in the Ramstein North Chapel. The Ramstein Intermediate School Singsations! children’s choir, directed by Ms. Brenda Barbour, joined the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir for several musical pieces in the concert. The Grant Us Peace concert program included selections from composers such as John Rutter (The Lord Bless You and Keep You), Felix Mendelssohn (Verleih uns Frieden), Ola Gjeilo (The Ground), Guiseppe Verdi (Va, Pensiero), John Leavitt (Ose Shalom), Frank Ticheli (Earth Song), and many others.

Grant Us Peace
Time: May 12, 2013, 5pm
Location: Lutherkirche, Franz-Xaver-Baumann-Strasse, 67655 Kaiserslautern
Lutherkirche

Our program for this spring concert season featured a variety of pieces that - despite being of different origin and musical style - shared a common theme: peace and freedom. Our centerpiece, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV589), was performed with soloists Judith Devise (Soprano) and He Sui (Mezzosoprano) and a chamber orchestra that had been assembled specifically for this concert. The Rheinpfalz newspaper notes in the article “Arcs of Suspense in the Lutherkirche” from May 15:

(The choir) fascinated with stylistic competence and unified sound in Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, which in its exact harmony with the chamber orchestra turned into an overwhelming concert success.

The following musicians performed in the chamber orchestra:

  • Violin: Elisabeth Ramirez, Valérie Krampe, Susanne Kemmner, Deven Diaz, Regina Weimer, Anne-Kathrin Böhm
  • Viola: Johanna Mann, Cornelia Ebert
  • Violoncello: Hans Naßhahn, Alexander Krampe
  • Double Bass: Dorothée Schmitt
  • Oboe: Heiner Görissen
  • Clarinet: Michael Lill
  • Bassoon: Stefan Rogel
  • Trumpet: Tim Allums

Here the complete program listing:

  • Tanzlied - Thomas Morley
  • Gloria RV589 - Antonio Vivaldi (Solisten: Judith Devise, Sopran und He Sui, Mezzosopran)
  • Verleih uns Frieden - Felix Mendelssohn
  • For the Beauty of the Earth - John Rutter
  • Nigra Sum - Pablo Casals
  • Ose Shalom - Arr.: John Leavitt
  • Begone, Dull Care! - Arr.: Earlene Rentz
  • I Am Not Yours - Z. Randall Stroope (Blackbirds)
  • Ubi Caritas - Ola Gjeilo (Blackbirds)
  • The Ground - Ola Gjeilo
  • Earth Song - Frank Ticheli
  • Distant Land - John Rutter
  • Va, Pensiero (Nabucco) - Guiseppe Verdi
  • The Lord Bless You and Keep You - John Rutter