|A Celebration of Peace|
Time: June 9th, 2018, 7:30pm
Location: Martinskirche, Klosterstraße 1, Kaiserslautern
Time: June 10th, 2018, 5pm
Location: Ludwigskirche, Am Ludwigsplatz, 66111 Saarbrücken
Together with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band and other guest ensembles, the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir will commemorate the centennial of the end of World War 1 with two international concerts. The center piece of the concert program will be Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Dona nobis pacem. Vaughan Williams produced his plea for peace in 1936 by referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one. His texts were taken from the Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech, and sections of the Bible. In addition to the concerts in Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken, the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir has been invited to participate in a performance of the piece at the Britain Choral Festival in Ely Cathedral in England on July 4, 2018.
The United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Band is comprised of 45 active duty Air Force musicians, committed to fortifying international relationships, enhancing troop morale and fostering trust and friendship between the United States and the diverse populations across the European and African continents. Through numerous radio and television broadcasts, and over 300 annual live performances, the USAFE Band brings America’s musical heritage and Air Force excellence to millions around the globe.
In the Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken concerts, the performances of the Dona nobis pacem will be directed by Dr. Craig Jessop. Hailed by critics as one of America’s most gifted choral conductors, Dr. Craig Jessop will return to Rheinland-Pfalz in June 2018 - 30 years after he first became the conductor of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band and the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir. Jessop is Professor of Music and the founding Dean for the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. These appointments follow Dr. Jessop’s distinguished tenure as music director of the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Head of the Department of Music at Utah State. He is the founder and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and has served as the music director of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival sponsored by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall. Prior to his appointment with the Tabernacle Choir, Dr. Jessop was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force music programs, where he served as director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. (1980-1987), as commander and conductor of the Band of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein, Germany (1987-1991), and as commander and conductor of the Air Combat Command Heartland of America Band (1991-1995).
The concert in Kaiserslautern is included in the program of the “Lange Nacht der Kultur” (Long Night of Culture). However, the admission is still free for everyone.
In this section of our website you can find information, pictures and concert reviews since 2008. We perform songs of different musical styles, ranging from classical and church music to modern songs and musicals. Audio or video recorded at our concerts is available at Youtube for some of the songs (just search for “Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir”).