Summer 2022


Orchestra Concert

Orchestra concert in the church Copyright: © Jens Wieben

At the end of the summer semester 2022, the orchestra of the Collegium Musicum played a colorful summer concert in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Dimitrios in Aachen on July 8 and 9. The varied program began with the impressive overture to Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco", which is characterized by both fine melodies and powerful tutti parts. In contrast to this was the work that followed: the Circus Polka by Stravinsky. Here the orchestra showed how well it masters time changes as well as unusual rhythms and harmonies. This was followed by the Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutjunjan with soloist Simon Bales. Together, the orchestra and soloist filled the church with the stirring melodies and harmonies. The concert was concluded by the First Symphony by Robert Schumann, with which the orchestra demonstrated yet another musical facet.

  Soloist Simon Bales with orchestra in rehearsal Copyright: © Marian Assenmacher

Choir Concert

Copyright: © Marian Assenmacher

It is with pleasure that we invite you to join us for the summer concerts of the Collegium Musicum Choir, taking place on the 15th and 16th of July 2022. In this year’s ‘A Tribute to Zelenka’ we pay homage to some of the greatest composers of the baroque era, most notably J.S Bach’s Czech counterpart Jan Dismas Zelenka, yet also Biagio Marini and Antonio Caldara as influential figures of Italian baroque. A performance of Ola Gjeilo’s ‘Ave Generosa’ to a text written by Hildegard von Bingen shall complete a diverse programme consisting of both a cappella works and those with chamber orchestra accompaniment. The hallowed acoustics of the Krönungssaal in Aachen’s Rathaus will allow us to embark on a journey through rich polyphonic textures in a magical atmosphere – we look forward to seeing you there!