- to promote cultural and religious diversity.
In collaboration with Cervantes Institute (a Spanish cultural institution similar to the Goethe Institute), and with the Spanish Embassy in Berlin, the German-Spanish Choir arranged a program of Christian, Moorish and Sephardic songs from medieval Spain.
Our choir is honored by an invitation from the semi-professional women's chamber choir “Angelica Voices” (http://www.angelicavoices.org) to sing together with them on the weekend of July 18th-19th 2015 with concerts in Westchester and in the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan. Rehearsals begin on July 14th in New York. The exchange will end on July 20th 2015.
The choirs got to know each other during the summer of 2014 while performing at the Grand Festival Corale Verona Garda Estate 2014 from July 10th to 14th 2014. For more information see www.gardaestate.altervista.org.
The focus of the concerts in New York will be on Sephardic music which both choirs have in common in their repertoires. Jewish people who settled in Spain since the turn of the eras (Anno Domini) called themselves Sephardim. Here the roots of their music took hold. The epoch of Moorish Spain was characterized by thriving science and culture and tolerance among religious denominations.
Iberian Jews were forced to convert to Christianity in 1492. Otherwise, they had to leave the country within four months. Many emigrated to the Ottoman Empire, North Africa, America, Holland and, for instance, Hamburg.
It is estimated that approximately 3½ million Jews with Spanish roots live in the world today. The Rajoy government is seeking to reinstate Spanish citizenship for them and enable them to become dual citizens. With this historical background the Spanish Consulate in New York will be advertizing our concert.
In addition to Sephardic music, we would like to introduce the audience in and around New York to our repertoire and will sing pieces by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Johannes Brahms.
The trip to New York involves high expenditures for every single member of the choir. We are extremely grateful to receive free lodging from our hosts for the week. In addition to transportation costs (a round trip plane fare of about 700 Euros), the costs for board total approximately 300 Euros apiece.
Performances will take place in and around Manhattan and therefore a charter bus will be necessary. An estimate obtained for this totaled 6650 Dollars.
Not all of the 25 members of the choir are in a position to stem the full travel expenditures. We would be delighted, when at least a portion of the costs be covered by donations. The D-ES Chorus is grateful for all contributions supporting these endeavors. International donations are possible with credit card. We recommend consultation with local internal revenue service agencies concerning tax deductions to foreign organizations ahead of time, should this information be of significance. Thank you!