PAX – a choral theater

In ancient theater, the term "chorós" referred to a group of actors who sing and move at the same time. Referring back to the Greek idea of the unity of music and body, Anne Kohler and her national youth choir now perform a ritual act in "PAX", the sequences of which were developed together in intensive rehearsals: Supported by the renowned choreographer Gabriel Galindez Cruz, they ask - highly topical - about the opportunities for peaceful coexistence in a world of complex conflicts.

The program ranges from Guillaume Dufay's famous mass "L'homme armé" ("The Man in Arms") from the early 15th century to a completely new work by 23-year-old composer Elisabeth Fußeder. With Hanns Eisler's "Gegen den Krieg" and Arnold Schönberg's "Friede auf Erden", the young Bundesjugendchor places two milestones of modern choral music at the center of its program. "Raua needmine/ Curse upon Iron" by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis refers directly to the political situation at the beginning of the 1970s: the archaic song for two male solo voices, mixed choir and drum says that the evil bound in iron threatens to turn against mankind and destroy it.

Performance without intermission, approx. 70 minutes.

The concert is part of the Musikfestival and the International Weeks against Racism of the Intercultural Center Heidelberg.


Anne Kohler

Artistic direction

Gabriel Galindez Cruz


Guillaume Dufay
Kyrie from Missa L'homme armé

Sir John Tavener
Mother of God, here I stand

Hugo Distler
The sad coronation from "Mörike-Chorliederbuch" op. 19

Veljo Tormis
"Raua needmine/ Curse upon Iron" (1972) for choir and drum

Edvard Grieg
Åse's Death from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Arr. Anne Kohler)

Elisabeth Fußeder
"Wiegenschweigen" (world premiere for choir and percussion)

Hanns Eisler
Against the war op. 55

Katerina Gimon
Fire from Elements (2014)

Maurice Duruflè
Ubi Caritas op. 10/1 from Quatre motets

Arnold Schönberg
Peace on earth op. 13

Guillaume Dufay
Agnus Dei from Missa L'homme armé

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