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This year, the Berliner Oratorien-Chor (BOC) is dedicating its traditional autumn concert exclusively to works created by female composers, as their work is far too rarely in the public eye.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Herbstkonzert des Berliner Oratorien-Chors
© Mark Hunt

On 13 October 2022 at 8 pm in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus Berlin, a rarely performed oratorio by Fanny Hensel, vocal music by Lili Boulanger and, in a preview, two women's choirs by the contemporary composer Charlotte Seither will be performed. Tickets from 15 euros (plus additional costs if applicable) are available via Ticketmaster, CTS Eventim and at all advance booking offices served by CTS/TM. Pupils and students pay 10 euros at the box office upon presentation of proof.

Fanny Hensel (née Mendelssohn, 1805-1847) is not only the famous sister of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, but was also a successful composer during her lifetime and - like her brother - a pupil of Carl-Friedrich Zelter. The Berlin composer wrote an oratorio on words from the Bible. This work is rarely performed, but is nevertheless a major work by Fanny Hensel.

Charlotte Seither (born 1965) is an internationally active contemporary composer who has won many awards. On this evening, the BOC will present two women's choirs in a preview performance that includes parts of the opera premiere "Fidelio schweigt. Dialogue Opera" by the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen.

Also scheduled are several works by Lili Boulanger (1893-1918): Psalm 130 "Du fond de l'abîme", as well as "Vielle prière bouddhique", "Pour les funérailles d'un soldat" and "Pie Jesu". This selection of works gives an insight into the process of the works for choir and orchestra. "Pie Jesu" is the last work by the French composer, who unfortunately died very young and who - like her older sister - played an important role in the development of music in the 20th century.

The evening will be performed by the Berliner Oratorien-Chor together with the Hauptstadt-Sinfonieorchester conducted by Thomas Hennig. The solo parts will be performed by Katharina Borsch (soprano), Rita Kapfhammer (alto), André Khamasmie (tenor) and Haakon Schaub (bass).

Konzerthaus Berlin