In 2019, the Australian Chamber Choir partners with German choir, Capella Saint Crucis
Directed by Florian Lohmann

for a
Free Concert (donation requested)
The Scots’ Church, Melbourne
Corner of Russell and Collins Sts

Sunday 14 April at 3pm
Media Vita – In the Midst of Our Lives

with the Australian Chamber Choir and the Scots’ Church Choir
Charlies-Marie Widor                         
Messe Solennelle Op.36
for two choirs and two organs

Capella St. Crucis was founded in Hannover in 1977 by Prof. Ulrich Bremsteller as a choir for music students and experienced amateur choristers. Under the musical direction of Manuel Doormann, Prof. Anne Kohler and – since 2011 – Florian Lohmann, the choir has developed in repertoire and excellence. Furthermore, the choir is supported by the voice teacher Nils Ole Peters. Numerous prizes and successes at the Lower Saxony Choral Competition (2005, 2009, 2017) are evidence of the choir’s high standard. In 2018 the Capella was awarded 3rd prize in the 10th German National Choir Competition in Freiburg.

Every year the choir presents several sacred and secular concert
programs in Hanover and Northern Germany. Its size also allows for the performance of major oratorios and challenging a capella works from the Renaissance to contemporary, including commissioned pieces and world premiers, with a marked preference for Bach’s choral music. Moreover, Capella St. Crucis is always searching for new artistic challenges such as unusual concert modes as well as scenic productions or broadcasting co-operations. The choir has performed around the globe, including concert appearances in several European countries and
Argentina. In 2019 the choir is on concert tour to Australia.

The Program
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Komm, Jesu, komm – Motet

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy  (1809-1847)
Mitten wir im Leben sind – Motet

Max Reger (1873-1916)                   
O Tod, wie bitter bist Du – Motet

James MacMillan (*1959 – ) 

with the Australian Chamber Choir and the Scots’ Church Choir
Charlies-Marie Widor                         
Messe Solennelle Op.36
for two choirs and two organs

About the program
The sacred choral music in the a cappella program of Capella St. Crucis for Passiontide, reflects the motto Media Vita (In the Midst of our Lives) in confronting the interwoven manifestation of life and death and the struggle between them. It also expresses a deep trust in God through the music as in a musical journey through time from the Baroque, via Romantic to Contemporary era. Composers such as J.S.Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Max Reger and James MacMillan will be heard.

In addition to our A-Capella Program, we will perform the 1890 composed ‘Messe solennelle’ by Charles Marie Widor together with our friends of the Australian Chamber Choir. This piece is composed for two choirs and two organs.

About the Conductor
Florian Lohmann began his musical career as a member of the the Hannover Boys Choir. He studied Music and German, Singing and Singing Education and was a scholar of the Academic Foundation Villigst. For his choral conducting studies, he foremost worked with Frank Löhr and Jörg Straube. Further important inspiration he gained from Anne Kohler, Walter Nußbaum, Paul van Nevel, Marcus Creed, Georg Grün and Frieder Bernius.

Lohmann is  the musical director of Capella St Crucis and Collegium Vocale Hannover. He has been invited to national and international festivals and competitions and to recording and broadcasting productions in a variety of musical fields from historically informed performance to contemporary vocal music. Furthermore, in 2018 he conducted the BundesSchulmusikChor, a choir comprising of music students from all over Germany. Beside his work as a conductor, Florian teaches singing at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover and choral conducting at the University of Music in Detmold.




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