Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Thomanerchor Leipzig – St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445, stephanie@stephaniejanespr.com
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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Thomanerchor Leipzig on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. This performance is generously sponsored in part by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., and by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.

Tickets start at $35, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling the Celebrity Series box office at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Jordan Hall Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the Celebrity Series debut for Thomanerchor Leipzig.

Thomanerchor Leipzig, the St. Thomas Boys Choir, whose history dates back to the year 1212, is the oldest cultural establishment of the city of Leipzig. Outliving all political, municipal, religious, and educational controversy, 800 years of musica sacra has shaped the choir’s past.

Through the influence of the many St. Thomas Cantors, including the most famous – Johann Sebastian Bach (1723-1750) – the city of Leipzig and the St. Thomas Church became the center of Protestant church music. The St. Thomas Church is home to the Boys Choir; a choir rich in tradition, they are committed to continue Bach’s musical legacy.

The present St. Thomas Cantor, Georg Christoph Biller, is the 36th Cantor of the St. Thomas Church and the 16th Cantor succeeding Johann Sebastian Bach. Like his predecessors, he has continued the tradition of church music; his emphasis is on the liturgical composition of motets and concerts. The weekly motets on Fridays and Saturdays are a permanent musical tradition. In 1992, Cantor Biller began to perform with the St. Thomas Choir and the Gewandhaus Orchestra the complete Bach-Cantata sequence in chronological order according to the Sundays of the church year.

Program to include works by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein, J.S. Bach, and Mendelssohn.

About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 79-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

From orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series has been bringing great artists to Boston’s major concert halls for nearly eight decades. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Leslie & Howard Appleby, Amy & Joshua Boger, the Barr Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, the French-US Exchange in Dance, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, Melinda & James Rabb, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mrs. Belinda Herrera Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.

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