June 13 - 22, 2017
The Chorale devoted the 2016-2017 season to preparing for a June choral tour of central Germany, the land of some of Frederick's first European settlers. The 40th anniversary year of the Chorale (October, 2017) coincides with the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther's daring protest against his own church (October, 1517) that led to changes in religion, politics, history, and music of the western world. As musical ambassadors from the Frederick community, the Chorale's tour of Germany paid tribute to these circumstances that intersect with our identity and mission.
We began our tour in Berlin at the Luther Choral Festival, celebrating 500 years of Reformation. We joined with almost 300 singers from across the globe for a choral extravaganza at the magnificent Berliner Dom under the direction of internationally-renowned conductor Helmuth Rilling, singing the music of Mendelssohn and Bach, including the iconic Eine Feste Berg Ist Unser Gott.
The Frederick Chorale is proud to have auditioned and been selected to perform at the historic Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach served as music director for 27 years.
We wound up our tour in Schifferstadt, Frederick's Sister City. As musical ambassadors from the Frederick community, we shared a selection of traditional American music with our German audience, and offered gifts on behalf of our community here at home. After our concert, the Chorale was presented with a ceramic replica of the Altes Rathaus by Ilona Volk, the mayor of Schifferstadt, and enjoyed a reception hosted by Schifferstadt's Sister City organization in the Rathaus gardens.