Join internationally-renowned conductor Helmuth Rilling on June 17, 2017 for a choral extravaganza at the magnificent Berliner Dom. Singers from across the globe are invited to join a grand festival chorus to sing the music of Mendelssohn and Bach, including Eine Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott, in celebration of 500 years of Reformation.
Helmuth Rilling, born in 1933 in Stuttgart, is acclaimed worldwide as a conductor, pedagogue and Bach scholar. In 1954, he founded the internationally recognized Gächinger Kantorei choir, which joined forces with the Bach Collegium Stuttgart as its regular orchestral partner eleven years later. It was at this time that Professor Rilling began his intensive work with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Based on a Baroque design by Johann Boumann in the late 1740’s, the Berliner Dom is the largest and most impressive religious space in the German capital. It was long known as the “Protestant St. Peter’s” (after St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican). To celebrate the union of Prussia’s Lutheran and Reformed communities, the Berliner Dom was renovated in a Neo-Classical style in 1822 by the Berlin architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.