10 Years of “Broadening in Concert”

Choral music offers unsuspected and fascinating possibilities. For the last ten years the series “Broadening in Concert” has been impressively demonstrating just that. Since 2005, Rundfunkchor Berlin has repeatedly and regularly succeeded in attracting innovative minds from diverse artistic genres to collaborate on these theatrical concert projects.

Following the success of the continuously sold-out human requiem (latest revival: March in Berlin) and of the music-dance theatre piece LOVER (Asia tour in spring 2016), Rundfunkchor Berlin has organized an anniversary programme bringing together performers and directors who have played a major role in this series over the past decade: documentary-theatre director Hans-Werner Kroesinger (Passionsbericht des Matthäus) and theatrical impresario Jochen Sandig (human requiem).

The five works that have occupied the chorus’s two partners span the years from 20th-century works by Poulenc and Pepping to contemporary compositions by Christian Jost and David Lang. They all deal in one form or another with the subject of freedom, recalling the end of World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall, 70 and 25 years ago, respectively. For this occasion, the international organ star Cameron Carpenter has been engaged to create and perform in a transcription of Poulenc’s Stabat Mater for chorus and organ. Sharing podium duties for the series with Rundfunkchor Berlin’s principal conductor Simon Halsey and its principal conductor designate Gijs Leenaars (who takes up his post next season) will be Nicolas Fink and Risto Joost, two of the most promising representatives of the new generation of choral directors.

Serving as prelude to Rundfunkchor Berlin’s anniversary weekend celebration will be the Schola Concert in which scholars of the chorus’s Academy and students from the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik are conducted by Nicolas Fink, who founded the Schola in spring 2014.


Saturday, 30. May 2015

Funkhaus Berlin – Nalepastraße


Konzerteinführung: 15:30 / 18:30 Uhr

Iwona Sobotka – Sopran
Barbara Kind – Sopran | Sabine Puhlmann – Sopran | Bianca Reim – Sopran
Christine Lichtenberg – Alt | Bettina Pieck – Alt | Judith Simonis – Alt
Cameron Carpenter – Orgel
Schnitzler Quartett
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Nicolas Fink | Simon Halsey | Risto Joost | Gijs Leenaars – Dirigenten

Hans-Werner Kroesinger | Jochen Sandig – Regie

Rosabel Huguet – Assistance Choreographie
In Kooperation mit Sasha Waltz & Guest


Kombitickets: € 49,– / erm. 25,–
(Ermäßigung für SchülerInnen und Studierende bis zum 27. Lebensjahr)
Tel. (030) 20 29 87 22 | tickets@rundfunkchor-berlin.de


Photos by Roger Rossell