Rolando Villazón (c) Monika Hoefler

Advance sale of tickets begins 28.12.19

Network of Cologne Choirs
jointly with KölnMusik

Cologne Choir Concert

AMERICA | Works of Hanson, Weill and Hindemith
  • 28.04.2020 Tuesday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie

Howard Hanson »Song of Democracy« for choir and orchestra (1957)
Kurt Weill »Four Walt Whitman Songs« for voice and orchestra (1942/47)
Paul Hindemith »When Lilacs last in the door-yard bloom'd« for soloists, choir and orchestra (1946)

Rolando Villazón Tenor
Jennifer Panara Mezzo-soprano
Simon Bailey Bass-baritone
Chor des Bach-Vereins Köln
Monteverdichor Würzburg
Matthias Beckert Choir master
Köln-Bonner Jugendprojektchor des Bach-Vereins Köln
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Thomas Neuhoff Conductor

In his poems, Walt Whitman creates a utopian image of a modern society – he is the 20th-century American Homer. Whitman has also inspired numerous composers in exile in America with his powerful words. One of them is Kurt Weill, who in his orchestral songs protests war and conflicts. Like Weill, Paul Hindemith also fled to America, and with his oratorio he on the one hand erected a memorial to the American president Roosevelt. On the other, his requiem “for those we love”, composed in 1946, is a memorial for the victims of the Holocaust. With his Song of Democracy, Howard Hanson also remembers that not only the American heritage but also that of humankind is stowed as freight on board the “ship of democracy”. The Bach-Verein Köln and Thomas Neuhoff will present the “I hear America singing” programme at the Cologne Choir Concert. The concert takes place every two years; once again an exquisite ensemble of singers will take part, headed up by an international star.