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Vox Luminis has teamed up with the Freiburger Barockorchester again, and together they celebrate music for Ascension Day. This topic inspired great composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, four of whose Ascension cantatas have been preserved.

The festive and colourful Cantata BWV 128 Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein was composed towards the end of Bach’s second year in Leipzig. The Ascension Oratorio BWV 11 was written for larger forces and ends with a triumphant chorus.

In the case of Georg Philipp Telemann, more than thirty cantatas for Ascension Day alone have survived. The cantata Ich fahre auf zu meinem Vater (“I ascend unto my Father”) was composed in 1721. The recording of this cantata is a world premiere.

Les Festivals de Wallonie – associate artist

Vox Luminis is associate artist of Les Festivals de Wallonie!

Each year, Les Festivals de Wallonie choose 1 or 2 artists, strong personalities from the cultural world, who perform programs in accordance with the theme in an interdisciplinary matter, in all of the federated festivals; whether an original work or a renowned piece.

In 2024, for the theme Natures, associate artists are Vox Luminis and Belgian soprano Gwendoline Blondeel!

To mark the occasion, we will be presenting emblematic programmes throughout the festival season:

  • on 27 June in Flagey (Festival Musiq3) for the season-opening concert with Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, accompanied by Gwendoline Blondeel ;
  • 6 July at Saint-Hubert (Royal Juillet Musical de Saint-Hubert) and 7 July at the Grand Manège de Namur (Festival Musical de Namur) with excerpts from Monteverdi’s Selva Morale ;
  • on 28 September at the Salle Philharmonique in Liège (Les nuits de septembre) with Henry Purcell’s King Arthur.

Thüringer Bachwochen – artist-in-residence

The Thüringer Bachwochen festival is internationally renowned. More than 50 concerts are programmed and organised in various towns in the Land of Thuringia, where several generations of the Bach family have lived.

In 2024, it celebrates its 20th anniversary, just like Vox Luminis!

To mark the occasion, we will be in residence for three days: 28 March, 12 and 13 April 2024.

On 28 March, we will be performing Johann Sebastiani’s Matthäus Passion and Agostino Steffani’s Stabat Mater, two particularly remarkable works in the repertoire of sacred baroque music.

On 12 April, as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations to mark Easter, we will be performing an oratorio by Bach and a mass by Zelenka. It’s an original way of celebrating our 20th anniversary with two very special works.

Finally, on 13 April we’ll be working with composer Caroline Shaw (Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Awards). In the space of a week, she will compose a new work especially for Vox Luminis, based on Bach’s cantata BWV 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben.
A world premiere!

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