Chamber Music Concert

Children's choir and saxophone quartet

From Bach and Purcell to Morgenstern's "Galgenlieder".


Sunday | 6/16/2024
6:00 pm Start of Concert
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Schloßstr. 2, 01067 Dresden
Floor Plan

About the Concert

When Christian Morgenstern published the poetry collection "Galgenlieder" in 1905, he was famous at a stroke. When Lera Auerbach came across them, too, she was immediately taken with their whimsical and ambiguous poetry and set them to music for saxophone quartet and choir. Why do you think she chose four saxophones? Perhaps because the instrument comes so close to the sound and creative possibilities of the human voice. In any case, in the combination with children's choir all shades of the wonderful poems come to bear...
The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet is unique in the world of classical music. It was founded in 1969 and has been delighting generations of concertgoers ever since. It has also performed with our Philharmonic Children's Choir - a partnership that has proven its worth!


Esmeralda Conde Ruiz
"Cantos de Luz" for children's choir after poems by Federico García Lorca

Johann Sebastian Bach
Excerpts from "The Art of Fugue", arrangement for saxophone quartet

Arvo Pärt
"It sang long years ago" arrangement for saxophone quartet

Ali Özkan Manav
"Iz" for saxophone quartet - (German premiere)

Rainer Lischka
"Bonus Cantus" for double choir with equal voices

Lera Auerbach
"Galgenlieder" for saxophone quartet and children's choir based on poems by Christian Morgenstern


Philharmonischer Kinderchor Dresden
Raschèr Saxophone Quartet
Gunter Berger


Philharmonischer Kinderchor Dresden

The children's choir owes its foundation to an initiative of the then chief conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, in 1967 and thus looks back on a history of more than fifty years. Today, the Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir is one of the best-known and most successful children's choirs in Germany. The continuous professional work with the children is supported by the close cooperation with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

Since its formation in 1969, the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet has appeared regularly at the major concert halls in Europe, Asia and the U.S.: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center New York, Kennedy Center Washington D.C., Opera Bastille Paris, Royal Festival Hall London, Philharmonie Cologne, Finlandia Hall Helsinki, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Schauspielhaus Berlin, Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich, Parco della Musica Rome, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Kuala Lumpur, National Concert Hall Taipei, etc.

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Gunter Berger

Choir Director / Direction children's and civic choir

Gunter Berger received his musical education in school music and orchestral conducting at the music academies of Weimar and Leipzig.

Since 1990 he has devoted himself mainly to choral music with both children and adults. As director of the MDR Kinderchor from 1990 to 2011, he led it to European recognition. He has also worked with, for example, the Gewandhauschor Leipzig, the Berliner Cappella and many other ensembles.

Since the 2012/13 season, Gunter Berger has led the Dresden Philharmonic Choirs as choir director.

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