Performances in 2016

USAFE Band Christmas Concert
Time: December 16th, 2016, 8pm
Location: Fruchthalle, Fruchthallstraße 10, 67655 Kaiserslautern
USAFE Band - RPIC - Kaiserslautern und Ramstein High School Chor

At the annual Christmas concert of the USAFE Band, the choir presented a few pieces from its seasonal repertoire. Accompanied by musicians from the USAFE Band, we celebrated “Christmas Around the World” by performing: Andorinha gloriosa (Portugal), Eyenga Mbotama (Congo), and Shengye Jing (China), which featured Cooper Collins (boy soprano) and Rebecca Collins (clarinette) as soloists. In his concert review (Die Rheinpfalz, December 19th), Reiner Henn writes:

Regarding vocal purity, tonal homogeneity and expressiveness the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir was able to enhance its performance even further, compared to the already memorable concert in Bann (as reported).

The impressive concert finale, jointly performed with the USAFE Band an the Ramstein and Kaiserslautern High School Choirs (see picture above), featured Es wird ein Stern aus Jakob aufgehn, aus Christus (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) and a Singalong-Medley of favorite German Christmas Carols.

Carols for Christmastide
Time: December 3rd, 2016, 4:30pm
Location: Kath. Kirche St. Valentin, Kirchenstraße 5, 66851 Bann
Time: December 4th, 2016, 7pm
Location: Lutherkirche, Franz-Xaver-Baumann-Strasse, 67655 Kaiserslautern
Lutherkirche

For our Christmas concerts in Bann and Kaiserslautern, our program was laid out in five blocks with the following themes: “Jesus Christ is Born”, “Christmas Around the World”, “Shakespeare’s Words of Winter”, “For the Refugee Children”, and “American Christmas Favorites”. In his Bann concert review (Die Rheinpfalz, December 6th, see also the full review), Reiner Henn writes:

“On Saturday, a choral ensemble could be heard that rose to new artistic heights and whose multicultural background led to a dramaturgically skillful program. … Every program item was presented with perfect style and was exemplary in intonation and diction.”

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Here’s the complete program listing:

Jesus Christ is Born

  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Arr. Andrew Hawryluk
  • Toccata on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ - Andrew Carter (Lothar Bendel - Organ)
  • Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming - Arr. Ballou
  • Du kleines Städtchen Bethlehem - Justin W. Lewis (Jennifer Lewis - Viola)
  • Krippenlied - M. Egil Hovland , Arr. Justin W. Lewis
  • Im Stroh in der Krippe (Away in a Manger) - Trad., Arr. Ola Gjeilo (Cooper Collins - Boy Soprano, Justin Lewis - Cello)
  • Rezitativ/Es wird ein Stern aus Jakob aufgehn (Christus) - Felix Mendelssohn (Cooper Collins - Boy Soprano)

Christmas Around the World

  • Andorinha gloriosa - Arr. Justin W. Lewis (Stefan Deßloch - Guitar, Jennifer Lewis - Viola)
  • Eyenga Mbotama - Arr. Justin W. Lewis (Lothar Bendel - Percussion)
  • Shengye jing - Qi-gui Shi, Arr. Justin W. Lewis (Cooper Collins - Boy Soprano)

Shakespeare’s Words of Winter

  • How Like a Winter - Ruth Morris Gray
  • When Icicles Hang By The Wall - R. Vaughan Williams
  • Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind - John Rutter

For the Refugee Children

  • Prayer Of The Children - Kurt Bestor, Arr. Mark Hayes
  • Glorious - Stephanie Mabey
  • Gib, sagt der kleine Bach - Arr. Justin W. Lewis (Cora Lewis - Violin, Josiah Lewis - Viola, Jackson Lewis - Cello) see above photo

American Christmas Favorites

  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Mel Torme & Robert Wells, Arr. Audrey Snyder
  • It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Eddie Pola & George Wyle, Arr. Alan Billingsley
  • White Christmas - Irving Berlin, Arr. Mac Huff

Singalong - Five Favorite German Carols

Voices of the Heart - Benefit Concert of the SonntagsChor Rheinland-Pfalz
Time: 25th of September 2016, 5-6:30pm
Location: Apostelkirche, Pariser Str. 22,67659 Kaiserslautern

The SonntagsChor Rheinland-Pfalz performed a benefit concert for the „Initiative Kinderglück“ of the Lotto Foundation Rheinland-Pfalz. Profits went to refugee children in Rheinland-Pfalz. As a guest choir, we performed three songs: Prayer Of The Children - Kurt Bestor, Arr. Mark Hayes; Glorious - Stephanie Mabey; Gib’, sagt der kleine Bach - Arr. Justin W. Lewis.

Long Night Of Culture: "All things are ready, if our minds be so" - Shakespeare in Word and Sound
Time: 11. Juni 2016, 19:00-20:00 Uhr
Location: Theodor-Zink-Museum, Steinstraße 48, 67657 Kaiserslautern
Shakespeare

Program event of the Long Night of Culture 2016 in Kaiserslautern - jointly with the Radio Drama Community and the Choir of the Musikvereins Kaiserslautern 1840.

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Joseph Haydn - Missa in Angustiis "Nelson Mass"
Time: April 3rd, 5pm
Location: Katholische Kirche, Kirchstraße 2, 66851 Queidersbach
Queidersbach

The Missa in angustiis “Nelson Mass”, Hob. XXII:11 in D-Minor for solos, choir and orchestra by Joseph Haydn was composed in 1798 and represents, together with “The Creation” and “The Seasons”, a crowning achievement of Haydn’s works and liturgic classical music in general.

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In January 2017, the choir will perform this mass at Carnegie Hall, New York together with choirs from America and Asia. This performance opportunity is by invitation of Dr. Catherine Sailer, Professor at the University of Denver, Colorado, who will be directing the concert. Of course we wanted to present the result of our intensive preparations also to our local audience. The following vocal soloists and orchestra musicians were performing at our concert.

Soloists

  • Atalia Malin (Soprano)
  • Carmen Emborski (Alto)
  • Florian Schneider (Tenor)
  • Justin Lewis (Bariton)

Musicians

  • Trompet: Matt Kirkpatrick, Ken Jones
  • Violin: Susanne Kemner, Zsuzsanna Przyzycki
  • Viola: Jennifer Lewis
  • Cello: Annemarie Dawson
  • Timpani: Mark Wheeler
  • Organ: Lothar Bendel

This was Stephanie Benton’s farewell concert as our choir director, as she is returning to the US after her multi-year stay in the “Pfalz”.