Voices from Dresden

Critic's Choice: Classical Music

September 09, 2001|By Tim Smith

The city of Dresden, Germany, has an unusually long and rich musical history; the main orchestra in town, for example, can trace its roots all the way back to 1548. A more recent addition to the thriving cultural scene there is the Kornerscher Sing-Verein Dresden -- the Dresden Korner Chamber Choir, founded in 1993 and named after Christian Gottfried Korner, a musically erudite counselor in the court of Saxony at the turn of the 19th century. The ensemble of two dozen voices, directed by Peter Kopp, specializes in repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, which will be featured in its concert this week in Baltimore.

A cappella motets by Johann Sebastian Bach and one of his earlier relatives, Johann Christoph Bach, along with works by another German baroque master, Heinrich Schutz, are on the program. So is a piece written this year by Michael-Christfried Winkler.

The Kornerscher Sing-Verein Dresden will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. Tickets are $10. For more information, call the Luther Institute in Washington, 202-547-5504 or 800-662-5504.

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