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A celebration of song
The Dresdner Kreuzchor turns 800
One of the world’s oldest choirs is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year — its singers are all boys between the ages of nine and 19. The Dresdner Kreuzchor, or Choir of the Church of the Holy Cross, is one of Germany’s most important cultural institutions. The choir sings at half of all the services and evening prayers at the Church of the Holy Cross in Dresden’s Old Market Square. Concerts are attended by up to 3000 people. Its repertoire ranges from the early Baroque works of the musical director of the Dresden court orchestra Heinrich Schütz, the Passions, Motets and Cantatas by Bach to the choir music of the 19th century up to modernism. About 150 singers attend the Church of the Holy Cross school; half of them live at the adjacent boarding house. For performance dates through 2016 and locations: kreuzchor.com.
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