V34 | The Present


Jena - Stadtkirche St. Michael

truth and life

Eight people, seven languages meet. They fight about words. They quote the Bible and Goethe, someone has the Communist Manifesto with them. They research, practise, dissect words and phrases, build them up and give them new meanings. They talk, whisper, stammer, laugh. Somewhere in the middle they meet up in Bach’s motets. Bach as the beginning, middle and end – a starting point for any kind of communal singing, a consensus. The Berlin vocal soloist ensemble, THE PRESENT, chooses the attractive contrast between Bach and Berio for an extraordinary concert programme, which underlines the singers’ exceptional quality.


The Present

Hanna Herfurtner, Olivia Stahn – soprano
Martha Jordan, Amélie Saadia – alto
Will Frost, Tim Karweick – tenor
Florian Hille, Felix Schwandtke – basso

Mira Lange – chest organ
Juliane Laake – viola da gamba
Lee Santana – lute

Olivia Stahn, Amélie Saadia, Hanna Herfurtner – artistic direction


Johann Sebastian Bach
The eight-voice motets
„Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied“ BWV 225
„Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf“ BWV 226
„Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir“ BWV 228
„Komm, Jesu, komm“ BWV 229

Luciano Berio

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event location

Stadtkirche St. Michael
Kirchplatz 1
07743 - Jena - Thuringia

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