CHORUS

The Chorus was established in 1969. Currently, it has 51 members, but enlists additional singers for the needs of some performances. Initially, the Chorus was led by Tomasz Szymański, and subsequently by Marek Jaszczak in 1982–2011. In the 2011/2012 season, Dawid Ber, a distinguished conductor from Łódź with extensive experience in leading a variety of vocal ensembles, was appointed as its Choral Director.

The Chorus has a rich and diverse repertoire, encompassing many different genres, styles and epochs of music, which includes choral compositions with the accompaniment of a symphony or chamber orchestra as well as a cappella pieces. It gives performances of several dozen oratorio and cantata works, including J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, G. F. Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, A. Vivaldi’s Gloria, J. Haydn’s oratorios The Seasons and The Creation, R. Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri, L. van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, J. Brahms’s German Requiem, G. Verdi’sRequiem, C. Orff’s Carmina Burana, S. Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, and K. Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater. In terms of more modern compositions, the Chorus’s repertoire encompasses, e.g., K. Penderecki’s Te DeumSeven Gates of Jerusalem, and Polish Requiem, J. Rutter’s Requiem, and W. Kilar’s Exodus and Missa pro pace. The Chorus also gives performances of Early Music (e.g., works by B. Pękiel, M. Gomółka, and M. Zieleński), as well as carols in traditional and modern arrangements, jazz pieces, and even Negro spirituals. The Chorus has presented several premieres of contemporary compositions, some of the more notable being Z. Szostak’s Missa latina, K. Grzeszczak’s Locus inaestimabilis, S. Kupczak’s Symphony No. 1 Capax Dei, and A. Zagajewski’s Stabat Mater. The Chorus has performed many contemporary works under the baton of their composers.

The Chorus sings at the following music festivals held in Łódź: “The Colours of Poland: A Touring Festival of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic” and the Alexander Tansman International Festival and Competition of Musical Personalities. The Chorus also performs during special concert cycles of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, such as “The Łódź Easter Music Festival” and “The Philharmonic: What’s It All About?!” In 2011, alongside the ARPO, it took part in an international artistic and educational project entitled “Oratorium Dance Project,” which won the “Energia Kultury 2011” competition and received the Golden Mask award.

The Chorus gives performances at the Philharmonic Concert Hall as well as in other venues, such as the Collegiate Church in Tum, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, and the Basilica-Cathedral in Łowicz. The Chorus has toured extensively, performing among others in France, Belgium, and Austria. The Chorus has also made many recordings.

The Chorus was established in 1969. Currently, it has 51 members, but enlists additional singers for the needs of some performances. Initially, the Chorus was led by Tomasz Szymański, and subsequently by Marek Jaszczak in 1982–2011. In the 2011/2012 season, Dawid Ber, a distinguished conductor from Łódź with extensive experience in leading a variety of vocal ensembles, was appointed as its Choral Director.

The Chorus has a rich and diverse repertoire, encompassing many different genres, styles and epochs of music, which includes choral compositions with the accompaniment of a symphony or chamber orchestra as well as a cappella pieces. It gives performances of several dozen oratorio and cantata works, including J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, G. F. Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, A. Vivaldi’s Gloria, J. Haydn’s oratorios The Seasons and The Creation, R. Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri, L. van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, J. Brahms’s German Requiem, G. Verdi’sRequiem, C. Orff’s Carmina Burana, S. Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, and K. Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater. In terms of more modern compositions, the Chorus’s repertoire encompasses, e.g., K. Penderecki’s Te DeumSeven Gates of Jerusalem, and Polish Requiem, J. Rutter’s Requiem, and W. Kilar’s Exodus and Missa pro pace. The Chorus also gives performances of Early Music (e.g., works by B. Pękiel, M. Gomółka, and M. Zieleński), as well as carols in traditional and modern arrangements, jazz pieces, and even Negro spirituals. The Chorus has presented several premieres of contemporary compositions, some of the more notable being Z. Szostak’s Missa latina, K. Grzeszczak’s Locus inaestimabilis, S. Kupczak’s Symphony No. 1 Capax Dei, and A. Zagajewski’s Stabat Mater. The Chorus has performed many contemporary works under the baton of their composers.

The Chorus sings at the following music festivals held in Łódź: “The Colours of Poland: A Touring Festival of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic” and the Alexander Tansman International Festival and Competition of Musical Personalities. The Chorus also performs during special concert cycles of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, such as “The Łódź Easter Music Festival” and “The Philharmonic: What’s It All About?!” In 2011, alongside the ARPO, it took part in an international artistic and educational project entitled “Oratorium Dance Project,” which won the “Energia Kultury 2011” competition and received the Golden Mask award.

The Chorus gives performances at the Philharmonic Concert Hall as well as in other venues, such as the Collegiate Church in Tum, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, and the Basilica-Cathedral in Łowicz. The Chorus has toured extensively, performing among others in France, Belgium, and Austria. The Chorus has also made many recordings.

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