Choral Celebrations @BerlinPhil

October 13 – 16, 2022 | Berlin, Germany

CHORALSPACE invites you to the second edition of the Choral Celebration series in the Grand Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie under the direction of Elena Sharkova, one of the busiest festival and honor choir conductors in North America. Since its opening in 1963, the Berlin Philharmonie has been considered one of the best concert halls in the world. Who would not want to sing there? The program includes a.o. Nänie by Johannes Brahms, Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Ave Verum Corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Innovative Choral Collaborations
in Berlin’s Top Venues

The four days of preparation leading to the final performance are an excellent opportunity for the participants to get to know each other, to create beautiful musical moments and to explore Berlin’s irresistible charm. Additional showcases of selected ensembles as well as a fringe program with concerts in some of Berlin’s most beautiful venues will offer additional value to the experience.

Johannes Brahms
Nänie, Op. 82

Widely regarded as one of Brahms’ most powerful works for orchestra and chorus. The setting of Friedrich Schiller’s poem, ‘Nänie’, was a response to the death of Brahms’ close friend – the leading classical German painter, Anselm Feuerbach. ‘Nänie’ tells the listener that death is inevitable and this lament strikes the listener from the very first sentence: “Auch das Schöne muß sterben” – “Even the beautiful must die”.

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music

This sensuous celebration of music was composed by Vaughan Williams in 1938, using text from Act V of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The scene is masterfully painted, as we hear how the lovers sit beneath the stars, pondering the most sublime form of music – the movement of the sun, the moon and the planets.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ave verum corpus, KV 618

Possibly the most famous 46 bars ever written, Ave Verum Corpus (Hail, True Body), was composed less than six months before Mozart’s death, and describes Jesus’ suffering on the cross. Its serene beauty proves that the power of music does not lie in its complexity, yet in the power of the story being told.

Elena Sharkova

Elena Sharkova is a dedicated music educator, speaker and clinician, and one of the busiest festival guest conductors in North America. She has been Music Director of Symphony San Jose Chorale since 2005 whom she prepared and conducted in over 50 major choral-orchestral works, such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Artistic Director of Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley since 2004, Ms. Sharkova leads a multi-level choral program for children and conducts its top ensembles. 

Elena has had an artistically rich upbringing and a rigorous professional training: she holds a graduate degree in conducting from the same alma mater conservatory of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich etc. Elena’s recent engagements have been with Britain’s foremost professional choir, the BBC Singers in Glasgow and London, Miami-based GRAMMY-nominated Seraphic Fire, GRAMMY Award-winning men’s choir Chanticleer, etc. As a guest conductor and clinician, Elena is highly in demand from the US to Europe, Japan, Qatar, and Australia. She has conducted on prestigious stages and world cultural landmarks such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Vatican, Notre Dame de Paris, and Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral, among others.

Ms. Sharkova is thrilled to make her conducting debut at Berliner Philharmonie.

of the event

OCTOBER 13, 2022
14:00 – 16:00 Piano Rehearsal 1 (all participants)
16:30 – 18:30 Piano Rehearsal 2 (all participants)
21:00 – 22:30 Welcoming Concert (selected ensembles)

OCTOBER 14, 2022
10:00 – 13:00 Piano Rehearsal 3 (all participants)
15:00 – 18:00 Tutti Rehearsal at the Philharmonie Berlin (all participants + orchestra)

OCTOBER 15, 2022
10:00 – 12:30 Tutti Rehearsal (all participants + orchestra)
18:00 – 21:00 Concert of selected ensembles

OCTOBER 16, 2022
09:45 – 10:15 Placement and acoustic check at the Philharmonie Berlin
11:00 – 13:00 Concert at the Philharmonie Berlin

Overview of costs
for performes and friends

The participation fee for the four-day project and the concert is EUR 89.00.
Accompanying persons, family members, friends or colleagues are offered a reduced participation fee of EUR 49.00 per person. This includes access to all rehearsals, to the welcoming concert and a ticket in the best ticket category for the concert in the Philharmonie Berlin.

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