The respected German boys and men choir Windsbacher Knabenchor will perform on Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The presentation will be part of Windsbacher’s 13-day U.S. tour, its first in 23 years, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s subsequent reunification.
Noted for its distinctive soaring sound and invigorating performances, the choir, which hails from the town of Windsbacher, Germany, will be under the direction of Martin Lehman. The concert will also feature the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC)’s acclaimed Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. The three choirs will first perform separately, and then combine forces for the finale to sing James Erb’s moving arrangement of “Shenandoah.”
Windsbacher Knabenchor’s broad repertoire spans from the Baroque era to contemporary music, but for this performance the choir will perform mostly German a cappella sacred and secular music, selecting from such works as Pachelbel’s “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,” Bach’s “Ich Lasse Dich Nicht,” and Bruckner’s “Os justi,” as well as German “hiking songs,” love songs and madrigals, among others.
The LACC’s Concert Choir, conducted by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, will highlight the season’s theme “Celebrating American Song” with performances of Copland’s “Ching-a-ring chaw;” a haunting setting of the prayer “Ave Maria” sung in Spanish composed by Bay Area artist, Henry Mollicone; and “Guide Me as I Walk Along,” a work sung by the Cherokee Nation during their displacement on the Trail of Tears, which the chorus will sing in Cherokee.
The LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, directed by Dr. Steven Kronauer, will add a Germanic touch performing such works as Bach’s “Der Herr segne Euch,” and Brahms’ “Lass Dich nur nichts nicht dauren,” as well as “Jonah” by renowned American composer Henry Leck.
This will be the only concert in Southern California. In addition to it, Windsbacher’s tour will take the group to San Francisco and Berkeley, CA; Groton and Boston, MA; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia and Gettysburg, PA; and Washington, D.C.
The concert is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. It will be free of charge (suggested donation $10) and reservations are not required. The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101. For more information about the concert and LACC, you can call (626) 793-4321 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Photo: Windsbacher Knabenchor – Source: stadttheater-amberg.de