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Come celebrate the official release of the CD Pone spes in planctu amaro with us!

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7:00 pm
bei Ruth Ahlers-Frick
Haus Hirschfeld
Adelenstraße 68
28239 Bremen, Germany

This is our way of saying thank you to the many people who have helped make this project possible, and an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a glass of champagne and an hors-d'oeuvre while getting to know the artists, the projects and Leonarda's wonderful music.

The CD will be available as of the beginning of March via the Bremen label arcantus, in stores near you as well as from all the usual digital download and streaming sites (and of course, at the launch party.)

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arcantus-label

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585): The Lamentations of Jeremiah I (SATTB)
Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637-1695): Terza Letione del Venerdi for contralto and B.c.
Spirituals and lamentations from Haiti and Südafrika

Soloists
Choir of the ev. Kirchengemeinde Cloppenburg
Conducted by Matthew Glandorf

Ev. Kirchengemeinde Cloppenburg
Ritterstraße 6a, 49661 Cloppenburg
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Emanuele d'Astorga (1680?-1757): Stabat Mater
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Magnificat RV 611

Soloists
Chor Courage Berne
Conducted by Balkis Mele

St. Aegidius-Kirche zu Berne
Am Kirchhof 4, 27804 Berne
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Emanuele d'Astorga (1680?-1757): Stabat Mater
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Magnificat RV 611

Soloists
Chor Courage Berne
Conducted by Balkis Mele

Thomaskirche Oldenburg (Kirchengemeinde Oferndiek)
Langenweg 165, 26125 Oldenburg
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Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Domen Križaj, baritone
Balthasar Neumann Choir
Orfeó Català
Balthasar Neumann Orchester
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Domen Križaj, baritone
Balthasar Neumann Choir
Orfeó Català
Balthasar Neumann Orchester
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Domen Križaj, baritone
Balthasar Neumann Choir
Orfeó Català
Balthasar Neumann Orchester
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Felix Mendelssohn-Batholdy: Lobgesang
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Maximilian Schmitt, tenor Balthasar Neumann Choir
Orfeó Català
Balthasar Neumann Orchester
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Domen Križaj, baritone
Balthasar Neumann Choir
Orfeó Català
Balthasar Neumann Orchester
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Domen Križaj, baritone
Balthasar Neumann Choir
Orfeó Català
Balthasar Neumann Orchester
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Felix Mendelssohn-Batholdy: Lobgesang
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Maximilian Schmitt, tenor Balthasar Neumann Choir
Orfeó Català
Balthasar Neumann Orchester
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Domen Križaj, baritone
Balthasar Neumann Choir
Orfeó Català
Balthasar Neumann Orchester
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Arnold Schönberg, Moses und Aron
Opera in three acts (Fragment)

Moses: Dietrich Henschel
Aron: Martin Koch
Chor des Theater Bonn
Vocalconsort Berlin
Kinder- u. Jugendchor des Theater Bonn
Beethoven-Orchester Bonn

Musical Direction: Dirk Kaftan
Stage Direction: Lorenzo Fioroni
Sets: Paul Zoller
Costumes: Sabine Blickenstorfer
Video: Christian Weissenberger
Lighting: Boris Kahnert
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Arnold Schönberg, Moses und Aron
Opera in three acts (Fragment)

Moses: Dietrich Henschel
Aron: Martin Koch
Chor des Theater Bonn
Vocalconsort Berlin
Kinder- u. Jugendchor des Theater Bonn
Beethoven-Orchester Bonn

Musical Direction: Dirk Kaftan
Stage Direction: Lorenzo Fioroni
Sets: Paul Zoller
Costumes: Sabine Blickenstorfer
Video: Christian Weissenberger
Lighting: Boris Kahnert
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Arnold Schönberg, Moses und Aron
Opera in three acts (Fragment)

Moses: Dietrich Henschel
Aron: Martin Koch
Chor des Theater Bonn
Vocalconsort Berlin
Kinder- u. Jugendchor des Theater Bonn
Beethoven-Orchester Bonn

Musical Direction: Dirk Kaftan
Stage Direction: Lorenzo Fioroni
Sets: Paul Zoller
Costumes: Sabine Blickenstorfer
Video: Christian Weissenberger
Lighting: Boris Kahnert
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Arnold Schönberg, Moses und Aron
Opera in three acts (Fragment)

Moses: Dietrich Henschel
Aron: Martin Koch
Chor des Theater Bonn
Vocalconsort Berlin
Kinder- u. Jugendchor des Theater Bonn
Beethoven-Orchester Bonn

Musical Direction: Dirk Kaftan
Stage Direction: Lorenzo Fioroni
Sets: Paul Zoller
Costumes: Sabine Blickenstorfer
Video: Christian Weissenberger
Lighting: Boris Kahnert
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Arnold Schönberg, Moses und Aron
Opera in three acts (Fragment)

Moses: Dietrich Henschel
Aron: Martin Koch
Chor des Theater Bonn
Vocalconsort Berlin
Kinder- u. Jugendchor des Theater Bonn
Beethoven-Orchester Bonn

Musical Direction: Dirk Kaftan
Stage Direction: Lorenzo Fioroni
Sets: Paul Zoller
Costumes: Sabine Blickenstorfer
Video: Christian Weissenberger
Lighting: Boris Kahnert
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Arnold Schönberg, Moses und Aron
Opera in three acts (Fragment)

Moses: Dietrich Henschel
Aron: Martin Koch
Chor des Theater Bonn
Vocalconsort Berlin
Kinder- u. Jugendchor des Theater Bonn
Beethoven-Orchester Bonn

Musical Direction: Dirk Kaftan
Stage Direction: Lorenzo Fioroni
Sets: Paul Zoller
Costumes: Sabine Blickenstorfer
Video: Christian Weissenberger
Lighting: Boris Kahnert
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Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
Bach cantata BWV 106 as part of church services

Soloists, Ensemble, Choir
Conducted by Matthew Glandorf
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Michael Porr (* 1967): Requiem
für solo soprano, solo alto, choir, strings and harp

Soloists
Capella vocalis, Ev. Trinitatisgemeinde Motet Choir
(dir: Ricarda Ochs)
Project Orchestra "Requiem 2023""
Conducted by Jürgen Marxmeier

Ev.-luth. Kirchengemeinde St. Johannis Arbergen
Arberger Heerstr. 69, 28307 Bremen
Free admission
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Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
Bach Cantata BWV 76
Concert for Reformation Day church services

Soloists
Kantorei St. Petri
Collegium Instrumentale St. Petri
Concertmaster: Paul Bialek
Conducted by Kantorin Karin Gastell
Admission 15.00 € / 10.00 €. Pre-orders 13.00 € / 8.00 €: Tel. 04488 5 56 60
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Pone spes in planctu amaro
Solo motets and violin sonatas by Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704)

During her 68 years at the Collegio di Sant'Orsola, Isabella Leonarda composed more than two hundred published works in twenty published collections. Born into minor nobility in Novara in 1620, she entered the Ursuline convent at the age of sixteen, rising to the office of Madre superior in 1686 and Madre vicaria in 1693 before her death in 1704. She is considered one of the most productive female composers of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Her approximately 100 solo motets combine technical virtuosity with a highly personal expression of religious fervor. The texts are frequently non-liturgical, rich in imagery and assumed to be written by Leonarda herself. They offer a fascinating insight into both Leonarda’s own deep and personified beliefs and the larger theological context of a 17th-century nunnery.

In spite of their musical quality, most of Leonarda’s works have not be re-performed in modern times, and only a handful have been recorded or published in modern editions -- making several pieces in this concert modern premieres.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Wiebke Corßen, first violin
Julia Krikkay, second violin
Jenny Westman, viola da gamba
Susanne Peuker, theorbo
Tobias Gravenhorst, harpsichord
Klaus Westermann, organ

Tickets €14 - €28
Reserve tickets for pick-up before the concert: +49 (0)421 3300 5767
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Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures (1899)
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)
Jessica Brown: from And Say (2019)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. Elgar's Sea Pictures, published in 1899, reflect on human life on and around the sea, while the west Irish landscape around Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. In 2020, five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jessica Brown, readings

Thomastown Concert Hall
Marsh Street, Thomastown
Kilkenny, Ireland
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Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures (1899)
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)
Jessica Brown: from And Say (2019)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. Elgar's Sea Pictures, published in 1899, reflect on human life on and around the sea, while the west Irish landscape around Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. In 2020, five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jessica Brown, readings

Private house concert
By invitation only

J.S. Bach: Mass in G major
Georg Friederich Händel: Laudate Pueri Psalm 112
Melchior Hoffmann: Meine Seele rühmt und preist
Georg Philipp Telemann: Recorder concerto in A minor

Anna Terterjan, soprano
Julie Comparini, alto
Mirko Ludwig, tenor
Vokalesemble Harlingerland
Nordwestdeutsche Barockensemble
Conducted by Inka Drengemann-Steudtner
Eintritt 15,00 € / 12,00 €
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Guiseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901): Il trovatore
Musikfest Bremen

Ivan Magrì, Manrico
Olga Peretyatko, Leonora
Artur Rucinski, Graf Luna
Agnieszka Rehlis, Azucena
Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Ferrando
Yu Shao, Ruiz
Sylvia d'Eramo, Ines
Musikfest Bremen Choir led by Detlef Bratschke
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
Jérémie Rhorer, conductor

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Auf Ein Wort

Bertolt Brecht was one of the most influential German poets and playwrights of the 20th century. Many of his texts question the role of the individual in society. What is a person worth? From what source do people draw their sense of self-worth? What happens in a society where people's worth goes unrecognized? Auf ein Wort* features song settings by Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau on these and related themes.

For the Kulturvilla Mettmann's Sommerfest, Auf Ein Wort will be presented in shortened form (30 minutes) and in a duo formation.

Julie Comparini, voice
Felix Patzelt, guitar

Kulturvilla Mettmann
Beckershoffsraße 20
40822 Mettmann
Admission to the Sommerfest (11:00-21:00) € 5 pre-booked / € 7 at the door
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"Concert for Peace"
with Mozart's Requiem and other works

Soloists
StadtKantorei Rotenburg
l'arco Orchester Hannover
Conducted by Simon Schumacher

Tickets available at the Buchhandlung Müller in Rotenburg
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Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures (1899)
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)
Jessica Brown: from And Say (2019)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. Elgar's Sea Pictures, published in 1899, reflect on human life on and around the sea, while the west Irish landscape around Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. In 2020, five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Sea-Sounds presents both song cycles together with readings of texts from Watershed and Sea Pictures in translations by Schirin Nowrousian and Bertram Kottmann and illumination art by Bremen artist Sara Förster.

Stadtkirche Bremen-Vegesack
Kirchheide 10
28757 Bremen

Free admission
A production of the Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen as part of the LUX Festival

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Schirin Nowrousian, readings
Sara Förster, illumination art
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Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures (1899)
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)
Jessica Brown: from And Say (2019)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. Elgar's Sea Pictures, published in 1899, reflect on human life on and around the sea, while the west Irish landscape around Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. In 2020, five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Sea-Sounds presents both song cycles together with readings of texts from Watershed and Sea Pictures in translations by Schirin Nowrousian and Bertram Kottmann and illumination art by Bremen artist Sara Förster.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Schirin Nowrousian, readings
Sara Förster, illumination art

Kulturkirche St. Stephani
Stephanikirchhof 8
28195 Bremen
Admission: 11 Euro / 8 Euro reduced / 6 Euro with a Bremen Pass
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Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 9, Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden
Easter Sunday services
Soloists, Bremer Domchor, Concerto Bremen
Stephan Leuthold, Organ
Henner Flügger, Pastor
Conducted by Tobias Gravenhorst
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Sacred songs and arias by J.S. Bach und Antonio Vivaldi
Julie Comparini, contralto
Johannes Hadem, organ
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Lenten concert with cantatas, arias and songs
by Max Reger(1873-1916) and Johann Sebatian Bach (1685-1750)\

Andreas Schneider, oboe
Carla Linné, violin
Hans Salger, viola
Nora Karakousoglu, violoncello
Tillmann Benfer, organ

Julie Comparini, contralto
Niels Kruse, tenor
Andreas Winterhalter, baritone
StadtKantorei Rotenburg
Conducted by Simon Schumacher

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion
Soloists, Choir, Orchestra Concerto Bremen
Conducted by Andreas Winterhalter
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Workshop concert

In a month-long residency at the Fleetstreet Theater in Hamburg, the music-performance trio Marta Kowalczuk (composition), Lutz Rademacher (musical direction) and Hans-Jörg Kapp (scenic direction) has explored the possibilities of baroque gesture in a modern, affect- and performance-driven context.

Arias, duet and scenes by G.F. Händel und Antonio Vivaldi
from Alcina, Hercules, Orlando and Griselda

Kerstin Dietl, soprano
Julie Comparini, contralto
Jürgen Groß, violin
Lutz Rademacher, continuo
Hans-Jörg Kapp, scenic direction
Soetkin Elbers, baroque gesture instruction

Fleetstreet Theater, Admiralitätsstrasse 71, 20459 Hamburg
Admission: € 5,-
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Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 144, Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin
Music for the Estomihi church service
Soloists, vocal ensemble and orchestra "Laudate-Cantate"
Conducted by Ulrich Kaiser
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