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The University of Bremen Choir

The main university choir was established for the performance of Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” in February 2003, by the university's director of musical activities, Dr. Susanne Gläß. Since its establishment it has undertaken concert tours to Apulia (South Italy), Gdansk, Namibia, Istanbul, the Ukraine and China. The repertoire acquired since then includes numerous works for choir and orchestra, which have usually been performed at the end of the winter semester together with the University of Bremen Orchestra. This repertoire begins with works from the 19th century: Brahms' Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, Bruckner's Te Deum and Coleridge-Taylor's “The Song of Hiawatha“. A particular point of focus is the 1920s and 1930s with performances of Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, Weill's “Der Weg der Verheißung“ and Tippett's “A Child of Our Time“. The repertoire also includes more recent works such as the “QueenKlassical“ by the Band MerQury, Paul McCartney's “Liverpool Oratorio“, Philip Glass'“Itaipu“ and Richard Einhorn's “The Origin“.

While the winter semester sees the choir performing works together with the orchestra, the summer program usually features songs for choir a cappella or with piano accompaniment. Here, the repertoire spans from J. S. Bach's motet “Jesu, meine Freude“, over Brahms' “Zigeunerlieder”, Tippett's spirituals and Spoliansky's cabaret-opera “Rufen Sie Herrn Plim“ to contemporary compositions by Astor Piazzolla, Hasan Uçarsu, Meredith Monk, Murray Schafer and Gabriele Hasler. The choir also boasts a two hour-long repertoire of international songs from Namibia, Turkey, the Ukraine, China and Germany that has been learned in conjunction with the concert tours. This repertoire has now been performed in more than 60 concerts and is also available on CD. For details, see here. The university magazine “Impulse” (2012/1 edition) contains (in German only) a detailed report on the international cooperations of the choir.