About the Event
Experience classical music like never before in this astonishing performance of masterworks by Johann Sebastian Bach at Berlin's remarkable Philharmonie Berlin (Chamber Music Hall).
The Symphonic Chamber Orchestra Berlin invites with the choir on the 2nd Advent to the Christmas Oratorio. Johann Sebastian Bach's classic for the pre‐Christmas season, music that continues to have an effect today and fills the chamber music hall with clear beauty. Originally composed as a 6‐cantata cycle, the oratorio tells the Christmas story. On the program are cantatas I‐III. A festive occasion to ring in December and the Advent season.
- Johann Sebastian Bach – Weihnachtsoratorium I‐III
|Orchestra:|| Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin |
The Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin was founded in 2003 and plays an important role in the musical life of the German capital. Under the baton of Michael Zukernik, the PKB offers fresh interpretations of classical repertoire, and brings a delicate touch to even vast symphonic pieces.
The Philharmonie is a concert hall opened in 1963 in West Berlin. It is considered the musical heart of the German capital, as well as the new urban centre after the fall of the infamous Berlin Wall. Its distinctive bright yellow exterior and unusual tent-like shape quickly made it a city landmark. The surprising design and architecture were initially viewed negatively by many, but the Philharmonie is now considered a model for concert halls worldwide. The architect, Hans Scharoun, aimed to design a concert hall in which the focal point - the musicians on the concert platform - is equally visible from every seat, an aim that gave rise to the hall's unusual shape. Since its inauguration, the Berliner Philharmonie has hosted numerous concerts, often featuring acclaimed soloists and conductors.
Johann Sebastian Bach
The name Bach and the word musician had long been synonyms in Germany as the world saw 56 musicians from this kin. But it was Johann Sebastian Bach, a genius composer and virtuoso organ player, who shed lustre on his family name. He was born on th 31st of March 1685 in Eisenach, a small town in Thuringia. At the age of 10 he became an orphan and was brought up by his elder brother Johann Christoph, who was an organist in a neighbouring town. His brother was the one to teach music to the young Johann Sebastian. Later he moved to Luneburg where he attended a church school and mastered the techniques of playing violin, viola, piano and organ by the age of 17. Besides that, Bach was a choir singer and later after his voice broke he became a chanter’s assistant. In 1703 Bach was hired as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst III. He earned such a good reputation there that he was later invited to Arnstadt to be an organist at the New Church, where he wrote his best organ works. In 1723 he moved to Leipzig to be a chantor at St. Thomas Church where he stayed until his death of a stroke in 1750. In the year of his death he had undergone unsuccessful eye surgery which lead him to lose his eyesight. During that strenuous time his second wife Anna Magdalena helped him to write his last musical pieces. Bach’s artistic legacy is vast. He created compositions in all genres of the time: oratorias, cantatas, masses, motets, music for organ, piano and violin.