Performances in 2011

Christmas Concert with the "Singing Squirrels"
Time: Tuesday, 12/13/2011
Location: Gaststätte Kraus, Otterberg

With this concert, we supported the Otterberg children’s choir “Singing Squirrels” under the direction of Mrs. Suann Strickland. Both choirs performed separately in their parts of the program, as well as jointly for some of the songs. The colorful program included classical, traditional and contemporary Christmas carols.

O Magnum Mysterium - Songs for the Advent Season
Time: Saturday, 12/10/2011
Location: Prot. Kirche Mittelbrunn
Time: Sunday, 12/11/2011
Location: Christuskirche Kaiserslautern

The Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir celebrated the advent season with a colorful program of songs. Classical Christmas songs by Bach and Mendelssohn, contemporary arrangements by Kodály and Carrillo, and both taditional and modern carols from Germany, Austria, England, USA and Spain were performed. In the Christuskirche, the Otterberg children’s choir “Singing Squirrels” participated as well.

We were musically supported by a string quartet consisting of

  • Elisabeth Ramirez (Violin),
  • Valérie Krampe (Violin),
  • Johanna Mann (Viola) and
  • Alexander Krampe (Cello).
USAFE Band Christmas Concert
Time: Friday, 12/09/2011, 8pm
Location: Fruchthalle Kaiserslautern

As in the previous years, the RPIC participated in this special Christmas Concert of the USAFE Band as guests and performed a small selection of songs from its Christmas program: Hark, the Herald-angels Sing, Ya Viene la Vieja, Veni, Veni Emmanuel, Josef, lieber Josef mein and - together with the Otterberg children’s choir “Singing Squirrels” - African Nöel. During the second half of the concert, the choir performed When The Lights All Shine (with the Singing Squirrels), Joy To The World and Deutsche Weihnachtslieder (Medley) jointly with the USAFE Band and soloists.

The Rheinpfalz newspaper wrote in its concert review:

“The fact that the concert with the USAFE-Band is a special event for the singers was proven by their commitment. During the musical journey to Germany, Andalusia, France and Africa, the choir convinced with exemplary diction, voice-leading and blend.”

ASZ Christmas Market
Time: 12/03/2011
Location: ASZ Kaiserslautern

At the Christmas Market of the Arbeits- und sozialpädagogischen Zentrums (ASZ) Kaiserslautern the “RPIC Blackbirds” (our small ensemble) gave a-cappella performances of a few songs for the advent season: Blackbird - Hills are Bare in Bethlehem - Go Tell it on the Mountain - Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Die Engel und die Hirten - All on a Cold Winter’s Night - Carol of the Bells - The Holly and the Ivy.

Sharon Franklin's Retirement Ceremony
Time: 09/30/2011
Location: Officers Club, Ramstein Air Base

On September 30th, the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir had the pleasure and honor to participate in the official retirement ceremony of long time choir member and former choir president, Major Sharon Franklin. In addition to the german and american national anthems, we performed the well-known german folk song Kein schöner Land.

Grace Studio Anniversary Celebrations
Time: 08/27/2011
Location: Grace Studio, Einsiedlerhof

As part of the One-Year Anniversary Celebrations of Grace Studio, an RPIC small group (the “RPIC Blackbirds”) performed four songs a cappella: Blackbird - Adoramus Te - Esto les Digo - Soon Ah Will Be Done.

Spring Singin'
Time: 05/24/2011
Location: Baumholder Middle/High School

The choir participated in the Spring Singin’ at Baumholder Middle/High School, together with the BMHS Chorus and the Baumholder Glee Club. Our program: Laudate - Esto les Digo - Soon Ah Will Be Done - Ride On, King Jesus - Blackbird - You are the Sunshine of My Life. All three choirs together sang Bring Him Home und Birth of the Blues.

Mozart, Mendelssohn and More Musical Treasures
Time: May 14, 2011
Location: Kirche St. Martin Kaiserslautern
Time: May 15, 2011
Location: Protestantische Kirche Kaiserslautern/Erzhütten
Time: May 2, 2011
Location: Lutherkirche Kaiserslautern

The program for our May concerts was entitled “Mozart, Mendelssohn and More Musical Treasures”, and it covered, as suggested by the titel, a range of musical styles and composers. We performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C Major, KV258 “Spaur-Messe”. This classical center piece was complemented with works by Felix Mendelssohn, Knut Nystedt, Paul Basler, and many more. In our program, classical and sacred music was met by modern compositions, spirituals, madrigals, folk and popular tunes. More information about our repertoire is available in the “Repertoire” section.

The concerts on May 14th and 15th were performed together with a chamber orchestra and guest vocal soloists

  • Veronika Wiedekind (Soprano),
  • Alexandra Paulmichl (Alto) on May 14th and Isolde Ehinger (Alt) on May 15th
  • Alejandro Ramirez (Tenor) and
  • Martin Risch (Bass),

The chamber orchestra musicians were

  • Violin: Elisabeth Ramirez, Ouchan He, Valérie Krampe, Julia Ludes
  • Viola: Johanna Mann
  • Violoncello: Hans Naßhan, Alexander Krampe
  • Contrabass: Andrew Peck
  • Oboe: Suzanne Hendlinger, Heiner Görrisen
  • Bassoon/Harpsichord: Christian Schmidt
  • Kettledrum: Gunther Glaser

The chamber orchestra also performed the Concerto for 2 Oboes, Strings, and Continuo, op.9 no.9 by Tomaso Albinoni.

At the concert on May 22nd in the Lutherkirche, we performed three movements of the Missa Brevis (Kyrie - Sanctus - Agnus Dei) with soloists from our choir. As a guest musician we welcomed F. Charles Anderson (trombone), who performed two instrumental pieces together with our pianist, Suann Strickland.