Prinzip Hoffnung V: Passion
The concert forms part of the series "Principle of Hope", marking the 15th anniversary of Vocalconsort Berlin. There's a mocking aphorism that states "Hope is the last thing to die, but it dies". Has hope died out in the face of climate change, nuclear threats and catastrophes, war and hunger? To mark their 15th anniversary, one of Germany's best chamber choirs, Vocalconsort Berlin, will aim to usher hope back into the limelight in a five-part concert series. It's a cycle of musical contemplations on the nurturing and the abandonment of hope under different circumstances: from Francis Poulenc's 1943 anthem of liberty that he composed in France under occupation, to J. S. Bach's St John Passion. Thus, a musical dialogue emerges. One between the secular and the divine, between the engine of survival that is human hope and the Passion of Christ and its readings - a symbol for the religious well of hope. From Baroque to New Music, from concerts to stage productions – Vocalconsort's got it all.