Monday, February 23, 2015

BPO Digital Concert Hall: Ein Deutsches Requiem with the ASO Chorus

In 2008, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra began its Digital Concert Hall, enabling music lovers from around the globe to see and hear BPO concerts -- streamed live, or on demand -- through a subscription or single ticket.  Last year, the Digital Concert Hall also began streaming archival films, some produced 50 years ago, and feature von Karajan at the height of his powers.

For a limited time, you can experience the BPO's Digital Concert Hall free!

We encourage you to participate in BPO's Digital Concert Halls Facebook Survey.  As a thank you for filling out the survey, you will receive a voucher -- good through March 2015 -- with a code number, entitling you to a FREE 48-hour ticket to the Digital Concert Hall.  You may also enter to win a 12-month Digital Concert Hall ticket after the survey.

The ASO Chorus is deeply honored to be included in the Digital Concert Hall's archive of great Philharmoniker performances:  Ein Deutsches Requiem, conducted by Donald Runnicles, featuring Finnish soprano Helena Juntenen and Canadian baritone -- our own 'Dr. Atomic' -- Gerald Finley, and the ASO Chorus

ASO Chorus take their seats onstage
to begin rehearsals for Brahms' Requiem.
Berlin Philharmonie, December, 2009
These concerts at the Philharmonie, under the baton of Mr. Runnicles, form an important part of our choral universe.  That they happened at all was something of a cosmos-alignment: when he was first tapped as a guest conductor of the Philharmoniker in 2003, Mr. Runnicles asked if he could bring the chorus with him.  We joined him there, fortified with encouragement from ASO management, diligent choral preparation by Norman, detailed planning by the choral administrator, generous private and corporate funding, and unwavering pride and support from our orchestra at home. The 'amateur chorus from Atlanta' was subsequently invited back to Berlin on two more occasions, to perform sell-out concerts in a European capital, whose citizens are best known for the high artistic standard they demand in their premier concert hall. We did not disappoint.

I am happy and proud that one of our historic performances lives on through the miracle of live-streaming.  Please fill out the survey, and use your voucher to access our 2009 performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem through the Digital Concert Hall archive ... with the help of the latest technology, you can experience it for the first time, or relive it, like I did.

We sound glorious ...

5 comments:

  1. Wow!! This concert hall seems really big!! I would love to attend events there. Hey dear have you ever attended events in NYC ever? I would like to tell you that those events are amazing and I love to attend those events.

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  2. Zerry ht ... As if in answer to your wish, the ASO chorus will be performing at Carnegie Hall in NYC in April of 2016! Thanks for writing. We'll be posting more about it as the date gets closer.

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