This is a choir for advanced singers and the repertoire ranges from symphonic music such as oratorios to a cappella works. Singers in this choir should have a solid musical background, sight reading skills, basic knowledge of vocal techniques and should commit to the choir for at least one year. An audition is required which includes a sight reading test and voice check. The age limit is 40 years.
In the summer term 2018 the theme is “The francophone choral tradition” where two concerts with the Mass for two choirs by Frank Martin and the Sept Chansons by Francis Poulenc will be sung. We offer our singers the opportunity to perform in smaller ensembles and as soloists; therefore solo ensembles will perform French madrigals at these concerts.
Last December the European premiere of Vijay Upadhyaya’s 2nd symphony was performed at the Vienna Musikverein, after its world premiere in Beijing the month before, where it was performed by the China National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. It is the first time that the People’s Republic of China has commissioned such a large work from a non-Chinese composer.
Last academic year there were two large projects at the Vienna Musikverein, where Beethoven’s 9th symphony and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana were performed. In addition, the choir also performed the 16 part motet “Hymne” and the rarely performed composition “Taillefer”, by Richard Strauss.
Rehearsals: Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m