Christmas Concert - J.S. Bach: B minor Mass - Missa and Christmas Oratorio Cantata I
| Kirche am Zeltinger Platz
On Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th, at 6 p.m., an exceptionally festive and magnificent concert program will take place in the Johanneskirche. In the first part you will hear J. S. Bach's “Missa” in B minor, i.e. the first half of the famous B minor Mass. In the second part, the first cantata from the Christmas oratorio “Jauchzet, Frolocket”.
A work without which it wouldn't be a real Christmas for many people. Soloists tenor Jan Remmers and flautist Barbara Leopold mediate between the two major program pillars with the chamber music aria “Frohe Hirten, hurt, ach eilet” from the Christmas Oratorio, Cantata 2.
After it has already proven itself twice this year, they will again, as in the opera, project the entire oratorio text, including the translations of the mass text from Latin, live onto the church wall, so that you can follow the content and events very comfortably.
In 2026 the Frohnauer Kantorei will be 100 years old. Full of gratitude for a church choir that has existed for such a long time, they are now embarking on a particularly long-term project. There will be partial performances of the great B minor Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach spread over three years from now.
This year the first half: the three-part Kyrie and the nine-part Gloria in excelsis (summarized by Bach as “Missa”). Next year the Credo (title in the autograph: “Symbolum Nicaenum”). And then in 2025 the two final parts “Sanctus” and “Agnus Dei”.
The goal is to perform the entire great work for the choir's anniversary in 2026. It is one of the most important choral works, if not THE pinnacle of sacred choral music in general. Both in quality and in effect. Accordingly, it challenges everyone who takes part in it.