Basler Gesangverein (Basel Choral Society)

Stadtcasino Basel
Thursday, 28 March

The Basler Gesangverein (Basel Choral Society) is the oldest existing mixed choir in Switzerland and presents at least two concerts annually. On this Thursday before Easter, the Basler Gesangverein, accompanied by Helena Winkelman, will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor (KV 626) as well as the premiere of Winkelman’s commissioned composition, “Oraison des Deux Rives” (Battle of the two River Banks).
In 1791, overshadowed by economic worries and serious illness, Mozart composed 31 works recorded in the Kochel catalogue, including “The Magic Flute,” “La Clemenza di Tito,” and the Clarinet Concerto. He died on December 5th and left the “Requiem” as a magnificent fragment surrounded by legends. Its impact continues beyond the circle of classical music lovers. The alternations of tender inwardness and fiery outbursts, composed in Mozart's universal language of humanity, are experienced as an expression of existential questions and answers.
The fourth and last commissioned composition dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Basler Gesangverein is a work by Winkelman, who completed her violin and composition studies at the Musik-Akademie Basel, was awarded the Swiss Music Prize in 2017, and has been the artistic director of the Basler Gesangverein's Camerata Variabile Basel since 2011. She is one of the most versatile contemporary composers whose works, colorful and open to all sides, are performed worldwide.
Tickets are CHF 41.50-72.30 for adults and CHF 21-36.40 for students; they can be purchased through Bider & Tanner or through Ticketcorner.


Stadtcasino Basel
Konzertgasse 1
4051 Basel

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