"I joined for the first time, 2 friends of mine got me hooked on it! I want to thank you! It was so wonderful, I didn’t dare hope that the conductor would guide 1000 singers so well! This resulted from the preparation of each individual singer, the motivation, concentration and also the charisma of Simon Halsey! A wonderful singing experience!"
SINGERS IN RESIDENCE - Sing Along Concert Vienna
A project of the World Festival Singers at the Konzerthaus Wien
INTERKULTUR returns to Vienna with an exciting Sing-Along Concert. As already in 2016, the concert will be held once again at the Konzerthaus Wien, but this time with Mozart's 'Requiem on the music folder. The project is a premiere cooperation with the Wiener Singakademie, which celebrates its 160th anniversary this year. Also, for the first time there will be a cooperation with the artistic director of the Wiener Singakademie, Heinz Ferlesch and his authentic performance orchestra BARUCCO.
The concert is part of the event series “World Festival Singers” following its major choral projects in Europe's metropolises: Mozart's "Requiem" 2014 in Budapest, Schubert's "Messe Nr. 6" 2016 in Vienna, Haydn's "Creation" 2017 in Riga, 2018 Handel's "Messiah" in Paris and the upcoming Verdi's "Messa da Requiem" in Barcelona 2019. The rehearsals and the performance with the Wiener Singakademie, Barucco and 450 singers from all over the world are scheduled at the prestigious Mozartsaal.
Friday, November 15, 2019
- Arrival of the singers (an earlier arrival is also possible)
- 14:00 – 16:30 Piano Rehearsal I (Participants, Pianists, Ferlesch)
- After the rehearsal (optional): Get Together at the Wiener Heurigen
Saturday, November 16, 2019
- 10:00 – 12:30 Piano Rehearsal II (Participants, Wiener Singakademie, Pianists, Ferlesch)
- 14:00 – 16:30 Tutti Rehearsaal (Participants, Wiener Singakademie, Barucco Orchestra, Ferlesch)
Sunday, November 17, 2019
- 10:00 – 12:30 Dress Rehearsal (Participants, Wiener Singakademie, Barucco Orchestra, Ferlesch)
- 15:00 Concert Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem in D minor (KV 626) for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra
- After the concert: Reception with Flying Dinner at the Rathauskeller, the restaurant of the Vienna Town Hall
Monday, November 18, 2019
- Departure day (prolongation of your stay is also possible)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem in D minor (KV 626) for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra
- Bärenreiter Edition (completted by Franz Xaver Süßmayr) -
Mozart's last work, the "Requiem" (KV 626), is still unfinished. The completion of the fragmentary score by his assistant and collaborator at the "Magic Flute", Franz Xaver Süßmayr, has the character of a historical source with great proximity to Mozart's thoughts.
Konzerthaus Wien - Mozart Saal
The Konzerthaus is a concert hall located in Vienna, Austria, which opened in 1913. It is situated in the third district just at the edge of the first district in Vienna. Since it was founded it has always tried to emphasise both tradition and innovative musical styles.
In 1890, the first ideas for a Haus für Musikfeste (House for music festivals) came about. The idea of the new multi-purpose building was to be more interesting to the broader public than the traditional Vienna Musikverein. In addition to the concert hall, the first drawings by Ludwig Baumann for the Olympion included an ice-skating area and a bicycle club. In an attached open air area, 40,000 visitors would be able to attend events. The drawings were not accepted. However, today an ice skating area is situated right next to the building.
The Konzerthaus was finally built between 1911 and 1913. The architects were Fellner & Helmer; the work was done in cooperation with Ludwig Baumann. Source: Wikipedia
As the first mixed choir in Vienna, the Wiener Singakademie was founded in 1858 to establish a "Singübungsanstalt" - an institution for the training of voices. It aims to promote the works of the traditional masters, and include contemporary works. In 1862, the young Johannes Brahms was invited to come to Vienna as the choir’s director.
Conductors with whom the primarily worked included Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Bruno Walter, the latter becoming the choir’s director for a number of years. Composers who conducted premiere performances of their works with the Wiener Singakademie have included Edvard Grieg, Anton Rubinstein and Pietro Mascagni.
Since the beginning of the 1998-1999 season, Heinz Ferlesch has led the choir, which features the routine training of singers, and integrates young soloists and ensembles into concert performances. The repertory of the choir has included performances of J.S. Bach's Johannespassion under Ton Koopman, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem under Simone Young, Verdi's Messa da Requiem under Franz Welser-Möst, and Scelsi's Konx-Om-Pax under Ingo Metzmacher. Heinz Ferlesch has led the choir in a cappella literature and baroque works for choir and orchestra. The fall 2006 performance of Händel's Judas Maccabaeus was recorded and produced as a CD in cooperation with the ORF (the Austrian Broadcasting Company. Currently, the Wiener Singakademie includes about 100 male and female singers.
Heinz Ferlesch is the Artistic Director of the Singakademie Wien, the choir Ad Libitum and the original sound ensemble Barucco.
Within his career as a choir-director he has worked with conductors like Georges Prêtre, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling and Simone Young.
Engagements of the Wiener Singakademie took him – besides periodic performances at Vienna Konzerthaus – to London, Zurich, Budapest, Venice and New York.
In 2002, Heinz Ferlesch founded his orchestra "Barucco" and since then he has increased his appearances as an orchestra conductor. "Barucco", a young ensemble consisting of international baroque specialists, focuses mainly on the music of 18th century.
Heinz Ferlesch also works extensively with the choir "Ad Libitum", which he has founded in 1993. This mixed choir is focusing on A-capella music.
In 2008 he was awarded the renowned Ferdinand Grossmann Prize and in 2013 he became Cultural Laureate of Lower Austria. Heinz Ferlesch is a guest lecturer of Berkshire Choral Festival and also member of the jury of several national and international choir competitions. Since 2002 he is teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Since 2016 Heinz Ferlesch is member of the World Choir Council for Austria.
"I want to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Sing Along Concert Vienna with the Berlin Radio Choir. I have just had the most beautiful choral experience of my life! It has been my dream to sing with a proper orchestra, and Interkultur made that dream come true!"
"A big thanks to you and the whole Interkultur team for organising the Sing Along Concert in Vienna! Everything worked out well and minor problems were solved in a very professional way! It was really fantastic how everything worked, especially the logistics on Sunday evening!"
The participation fee for the Sing Along Concert is 147 EUR. This amount includes the participation at the rehearsals and concert. Tickets for accompanying persons are available at 20 EUR and can be ordered together with your registration.
M&C Music Contact, the touristic partner agency of INTERKULTUR offers accommodation in various categories for participants of the Sing Along Concerts. The packages including 3 overnights, breakfast, Red Vienna-Card with free use of all public transportation in Vienna for 72 hours and the reception after the concert start at 280 EUR.
SINGLE PARTICIPANTS AND SMALL GROUPS
Vienna is not only the capital of Austria but is also considered Europe’s capital of music. Important composers of the Viennese classical music such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven felt comfortable in the magnificent and historic buildings located in the streets of Vienna. More reasons to visit the multifaceted city are the many museums and public squares rich in history. Castle Schönbrunn, summer residence of Empress Sissy, the Stephan dome, the Viennese Prater or the zoo Schönbrunn belong to the most important sights of the city. And lovers of regional and culinary specialties will also find lots of things to indulge in when savouring a piece of Sacher cake and a genuine Viennese Schnitzel. Apart from the cosy flair of a major city a hiking trip to the Austrian Alps is also highly recommended.
There are several ways to get to Vienna by plane:
Vienna International Airport (VIE) is located 24 km away from the center of Vienna and is regularly approached by the following airlines: germanwings, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, China Airlines, Iberia, Lufthansa, LOT - Polish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, TAP Portugal, easyJet, Air One, American Airlines etc.
M. R. Štefánik Airport (Bratislava, Slovakia) (BTS) is located 86 km away from the center of Vienna and is regularly approached by the following airlines: Czech Airlines, flydubai, NIKI, Ryanair and U Tair Aviation.