The Bach Choir in Stuttgart
The media, Germany’s culture-focused politicians and the public have considered Stuttgart’s Bach Choir one of the most prominent pillars of excellent sacral music in Southern Germany for many years. This level of achievement not only hinges on intense artistic dedication, but also on substantial financial support from sponsors, such as the one provided by long-time supporter Jörg Wolff Foundation. Ultimately this exceptional and ongoing commitment enables the Bach Choir Stuttgart to enrich the musical spectrum of the state capital, the Stuttgart region and its vast vicinity in a most exemplary manner.
Under the artistic direction of sacral music director Prof. Jörg-Hannes Hahn, the Bach Choir Stuttgart enthralls audiences with its stringent concept of concert programmes, which include a fair share of contemporary music and rarely heard works dating back to earlier eras.
Without generous sponsors and supporters, the performance of, for instance, M. Tipett‘s oratorio A Child of Our Time would have been a huge risk. The same is true for the parallel presentation of A. Schönberg‘s A Survivor from Warsaw and J. Brahms’ A German Requiem. It would also have been virtually impossible to fund Stravinsky‘s Symphony of Psalms paired with Bernstein‘s Chichester Psalms or to commission the composition of Sidney Corbett‘s Maria Magdalena, which was presented in a concert alongside Mozart’s Mass in C-Minor; SWR, the local radio station, made live recordings of both works.
Developing and maintaining long term collaborations with high caliber soloists and excellent orchestra musicians is a feat that also can only be accomplished thanks to the continuous support of the Foundation. For the audiences, as well as the vocalists, the artistic quality achieved remains a lasting impression long after these performances.
Links to other websites:
- Bach Choir Stuttgart (www.bachchor.com)
- Music on the 13th (www.musik-am-13.de)
- Jörg-Hannes Hahn (www.jhhahn.org)