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DRESDEN, 19 JANUARY 2006—On 1 December 1736 Johann Sebastian Bach gave an organ concert in Dresden that attracted a great deal of attention. It was the first concert on the newly constructed Silbermann organ in the Frauenkirche. Two hundred and seventy years later, all of Bach’s organ compositions are to be played on the new organ in the recently rebuilt  Frauenkirche. The 5-manual instrument with 67 registers was built by Daniel Kern of Strasbourg, making use of both the tradition of the Silbermann brothers and that of the French Romantic period.

The 16 concerts in the Bach cycle will take place on Saturdays during 2006 with performances by the cantor of the Frauenkirche, Matthias Grünert, and the Frauenkirche’s organist, Samuel Kummer. Choral works by Bach, performed by the chamber choir of the Frauenkirche, will supplement the organ concert cycle. Tickets are available in advance for 14 Euros.

Sunday church music concerts in the Frauenkirche will take place every two weeks, featuring mainly cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach with chamber music, organ or orchestral works from the Baroque period. Musicians include the choir (Kantorei), the chamber choir (Kammerchor) of Dresden’s Frauenkirche, as well as soloists and instrumentalists specialising in early music. Advance tickets cost 6 Euros.

A weekly series of organ concerts every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. will rotate between the Baroque Silbermann organ in the Catholic Cathedral (the former Court Church), the romantic Jehmlich organ in the Kreuzkirche and the versatile Kern organ in the Frauenkirche.

In addition to the above regular concerts, a varied programme of special concerts is also planned for the area  below the high dome of the Frauenkirche. Highlights during 2006 include major oratorios such as  Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s St. Paul’oratorio on 25 and 26 March (Monteverdi Choir Hamburg). The Dresdner Kammerchor will perform Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (‘Marienvesper’) on 10 and 11 June 2006.

Other concerts include Brahms' A German Requiem (17 February), Gioacchino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle  (24 June), the Missa Dei Patris (9, 10 February) and J.D. Zelenka’s oratorio Il serpente del bronzo (29 May). On Good Friday, 14 April, the choirs of the Frauenkirche will perform Bach's St. John Passion.

Concert tickets:
Tel: (49) 351 656 06 80

Frauenkirche Dresden

Kreuzkirche Dresden 

Dresden Kathedrale

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