Program preview – Musica Sacra 2024: Young sounds for Lower Austria’s oldest church music festival

“Something new”: cathedral bandmaster and neo-festival director Valentin Künert (left) with head of the cultural office Klaus Gellner, diocesan bishop Alois Schwarz, mayor Matthias Stadler and publicity manager Florian Haider of the Diocese of St. Bolton in Sparkassen-ne-Mitte West.

Joseph Worlaufer

DHe church music festival “Musica Sacra” offers some new features from September 8 to 22: St. Bolton Cathedral has a new artistic director in the person of Kapellmeister Valentin Kunert. For the first time there will also be a separate program for children.

“Is There a Dividing Line Between Sacred and Secular Music?” – This is addressed by “Musica Sacra”, the oldest festival in Lower Austria, which takes place for the 51st time from September 8 to 22. Pölten Cathedral Kapellmeister Valentin Kunert is not only the new artistic director: for the first time there will also be a children’s program with an organ story theater.

Many program highlights

Beginning on September 8 is Arthur Honegger’s oration “King David”, performed by the St. Bolton Cathedral Choir and the Johann Strauss Ensemble. Actor and director Carl Markovics will lead the story; The soloists are Christina Gansk, Marie Seidler and Bernhard Berchtold.

Also program highlights include cellist Matthias Bartholomew at Lilienfeld Abbey Basilica, the Viennese Glass Harmonica Duo at Herzenburg Abbey and Osnabrück Cathedral organist Balthazar Baumgartner, who will conduct a new program at the Brandtauerkirche. Max Bruch’s solo concerto “Cole Nidre” for cello and orchestra and Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in St. Paul’s Cathedral are the finale. Christina Kansch will appear again as a solo singer.

Details and exact schedule can be found below

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