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It's not yet a saying, but it could well be: Christmas time is concert time! Whether you're approaching the second-most important Christian event of the year (and the first-most commercial one) from a religious point of view or merely want to listen to some great music - we've got some propositions for you.

First, Frank Dodge (pictured above) of Spectrum Concerts Berlin were so kind as to send us their latest press release regarding a most promising program: On November 28th (that's a Monday), a cast of some of the finest young musicians around (and including Janine Jansen) will take a dive into von Zemlinsky, Schubert and Dvorak (Quintets), as well as Rossini's Duo for Cello and Contrabass. The evening's theme will be "Vienna" and the way it inspired all of the mentioned composers (and coaxed them into writing great music). Zemlinksy will thus be representing Modern Vienna, with Cluster-like Chord-progressions dissolving into bright colours. Schubert, meanwhile, symbolises Austria's multi-facetted diversity and its cultural pluralism - there's allusions to hungarian folk and to Eastern European songs. The other two pieces are connected to Vienna in a more indirect way: Dvorak received a yearly grant from the capital and learnt a lot from his admirer Brahms, while Rossini... well Rossini would have loved Vienna, too. If this, the second Spectrum concert of the season, turns out be only half as brilliant as the first (which was showered with praise by the press) you're in for another wonderful night.

If you're looking for something more closely connected to Christmas, the Capella Antiqua Bambergensis are your band for November and December. In a total of 10 concerts, they will be presenting old to very old songs from a time when Santa was still in puberty, waiting for his beard to grow. As Thomas Spindler from the ensemble points out, back in those days of yore, people would actually be dancing to the tunes during mass. We're not sure if this will be on the menu, but there will definitely be some rather unusual instruments (Crumhorns, Chalumeau, Psaltery and Dulciane), as well as stories from medieval times. The exact dates are: November 26th and 27th, December 4th, 11th (two performances) and 18th (two performances).

You might have a hard time attending both propositions, as Spectrum is based in Berlin, while you'd have to travel to Bamberg for the Capella. Whatever you go for, enjoy these days, when music is once again celebrated on stage, instead of coming out of two solid black boxes.

Homepage: Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Homepage: Capella Antiqua Bambergensis



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