Choir

Once the Lights Are Lit

Songs, texts and organ music for Christmas

About the Concert

The beautiful tradition of the Christmas concert will be continued this year - three times: Children and families can look forward to atmospheric carols at Christmas time with the Philharmonic Children's Choir in the Kulturpalast. The large concert organ will also be present again.

Contributer

Gunter Berger
Conductor
Iris Geißler
Piano
Denny Wilke
Organ
Philharmonischer Kinderchor Dresden
Mitglieder der Dresdner Philharmonie

Biographies

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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Iris Geißler

Choir Director / piano

Choir Director Philharmonic Choir / Assistant to the Choir Director / Stage Manager Children's Choir 

Iris Geißler studied correpetition and piano at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden. At the same time, she began working as a correpetitor with the Philharmonic Choir. After graduating, she held a teaching position for several years in correpetition at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber".

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Denny Wilke

As an organist, he regularly plays with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Nuremberg State Philharmonic, the Halle Staatskapelle, the MDR Radio Choir, the National Orchestra of Ukraine, the National Choir of Ukraine DUMKA, the Latvian State Choir, the Gewandhaus Choir, the Dresden Philharmonic Choir and many others.

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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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