Musikfest Bremen Atelier

Musikfest Bremen Atelier brings world-renowned artists connected to the festival to work on specific repertoires with selected young musicians from all over the world in one-week Ateliers.

Lionel Meunier will lead the Atelier “Wege zu Bach III” in Ganderkesee.

Here the combination of period instruments and vocals with the organ as continuo-instrument are central to finding out which composers were formative for the development of Bach. Incorporating the Schnitger organ, this year’s instalment focuses on the legendary Abendmusiken in Lübeck.
During his tenure as organist of St. Mary’s Church, Franz Tunder initially introduced these as organ-only concerts for the city’s merchants, separate from the church services.
His successor and son-in-law Dieterich Buxtehude developed them into a prestigious concert series with a large instrumental and vocal ensemble, which attracted substantial audiences from near and far as if by magic – including the young Bach.

Contact information to participate : https://www.musikfest-bremen.de/en/whats-on/musikfest-atelier

New album

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.

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