Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Rias Kammerchor Berlin with György Ligeti’s “Lux aeterna”

RIAS Kammerchor (photo: Matthias Heyde)

The perfect interplay of music and architecture: in György Ligeti’s choral work Lux aeterna, a soft, sensual sound emerges as if from nowhere, creating a mystical, floating maelstrom. It fits perfectly with the mystical atmosphere created by the bluish half-light inside the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtnis Kirche. The piece makes the highest vocal demands on the performers, ideal for such an excellent vocal ensemble as the Rias Kammerchor Berlin, which can also be heard in this concert in works by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály.

RIAS Kammerchor

Sigvards Klava conductor

György Ligeti

Lux aeterna

as well as works by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály

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Dates and Tickets

Tue 21 Feb 2023, 20:00



RIAS Kammerchor

The RIAS Kammerchor is one of the world’s leading professional choirs, setting standards in almost all areas of choral music – from historically informed performances of Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic music to the most demanding world premieres. The choir has been directed by Justin Doyle since the 2017/18 season. Artistic figures such as Uwe Gronostay, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss and Hans-Christoph Rademann have shaped and moulded the choir as principal conductors since its founding in 1948 as an ensemble of the Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (RIAS). Numerous awards and prizes document the RIAS Kammerchor’s high international reputation. Regular collaboration links the ensemble of the Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre gGmbH (ROC Berlin) with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. The RIAS Kammerchor also works with conductors such as René Jacobs, Sir Simon Rattle and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

They are conducted today by Sigvards Klava, artistic director of the Latvian Radio Choir and one of the most renowned conductors of choral music in Europe.