Music is obviously a very important subject at the gymnasium in herzogenaurach. This was clearly demonstrated by the young performers at their christmas concert in the evangelical church. The two-hour program of the music- and song-loving students was varied and received the well-deserved, long-lasting applause of the enthusiastic audience.
Already the cohesive sound of the wind ensemble, conducted by ronald scheuer with "the first noel and "away in a manger" as well as "angels we have on high" festively introduced the christmas concert, lovely to hear. The string orchestra unfolded a remarkably dense sound, as the nuanced performance of the famous concerto grosso op.3 nr.11 in d minor by antonio vivaldi. The soloists nicole wolfrum and xuanbo hua (violin), kilian hacker (violoncello) and melissa grieser (harpsichord) shone. Under the direction of karin kammerer, the young orchestra members played with extraordinary sovereignty.
With ludwig orel at the organ, a new organ talent seems to unfold. The young organist played "toccata in d minor" and "jingle bells" almost like a dream by J.S. Bach and reaped the rewards with "toccata in F major from D. Buxtehude stormy applause.
The boys and girls of the lower school choir, led by ronald scheuer, filled the church hall with their bright, fresh voices as they sang four choral songs appropriate to the advent season. The young singers also showed good vocal skills, singing songs such as "the search for a shelter" with obvious joy, "rudolph the red nosed reindeer" by, as well as "oh you happy" and "jingle bells performers.
Celina scholz on the wolbbret zither also stood out from the crowd with her "chinese melody" be sure of strong applause. The slightly trapezoidal wolbbret zither is a classical musical instrument with a very long tradition in china. The student seems to have mastered the instrument with somnambulistic certainty, and the stucco was a perfect match for the acoustics of the church hall.
Finale with choir and orchestra
From the crowd of performances which were rewarded with much applause, the pre-orchestra, led by claudia bahr, has to be mentioned as well. Be it the "christmas canon" by J. Pachelbel or the "burgundian melody from patapan "hark the herald angel sing" (F. Mendelssohn) as well as "joshua fit the battle. The young musicians succeeded in a strong interpretation of the christmas spirit.
At the end, the upper school choir, the orchestra and almost all participants united for the grand finale and filled the church space between the organ and the altar. The range of the performances was from the interpretation of a gospel oratorio to modern texts and christmas wise. The young voices of the choir make every other amateur choir jealous. Conductor ronald scheuer elicited quite demanding phrases from the singers. The interplay between older and younger singers made the audience happy.
The pupils mastered the evening in the church, which had been converted into a concert hall and was ideally suited for this purpose, very confidently. The change between the orchestras and choirs went smoothly and almost without noise.