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Lobgesang with Simon Halsey @BerlinPhil

June 26 – 29, 2025 | Philharmonie Berlin

The Grand Finale …
The ultimate highlight of the concert season 2024/25 on the last day of the CHORALSPACE Summer Festival 2025: A joint performance of 1.000 participants with Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang conducted by Simon Halsey at the Philharmonie Berlin.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Lobgesang

“The night has passed but the day has come”
This metaphor for the illumination that Gutenberg’s invention and the printing of Gutenbergs Bible brought to European culture in the 15th century, seems the key image of Mendelssohn’s work. Lobgesang was premiered on June 25, 1840 in the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig and met with an enthusiastic response from the public. Robert Schumann that wrote the review of that premiere at the Neue Zeitschrift für Music, estimates that more than 500 performers participated at the concert that would became a turning-point for Mendelssohn’s career.
Our Berlin projects starts exactly 185 years after that premiering performance in Leipzig.

Program

Ralph Vaughan Willliams, Five Mystical Songs
Erics Esenvalds, Stars
Intermission
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Lobgesang

Simon Halsey
Conductor

Simon Halsey occupies a unique position in classical music. As an ambassador for choral singing to amateurs of every age, ability and background he has led ground-breaking massed choral events around the world.
Halsey’s numerous awards include three Grammys for his recordings with the Rundfunkchor Berlin. He was made Commander of the British Empire in 2015, was awarded The Queen’s Medal for Music in 2014, and received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to choral music in Germany.
The Lobgesang project will be Simon Halsey second appearance at CHORALSPACE following his spectacular performance of Brahms Requiem in June 2023.

Schedule of the project

THU, JUNE 26, 2025
16:00 – 18:30 Rehearsal 1 (all participants)
21:00 – 22:30 “Welcoming Concert” with selected ensembles

FRI, JUNE 27, 2025
14:00 – 17:00 Rehearsal 2 (all participants)
20:00 – 21:30 “In Love” Concert with selected ensembles

SAT, JUNE 28, 2025
10:00 – 12:30 Rehearsal 3 (all participants)
14:30 – 17:00 Rehearsal 4 (all participants)
20:00 – 21:30 Concert “Night of Choirs” with selected ensembles

SUN, JUNE 29, 2025
14:00 Placement and acoustic check
15:00 Concert LOBGESANG
Philharmonie Berlin

Overview of costs
for performers and friends

The participation fee for the four-day project and the concert is EUR 98.00 per participant.
Non-performing accompanying persons are offered a reduced participation fee of EUR 55.00 per person that includes access to all rehearsals, to the concerts of the fringe program and a ticket in the best category for the concert at the Philharmonie Berlin.


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