About the Festival


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. The current Neo-Baroque design is the work of architect Julius Raschdorff, by orders of German Emperor Wilhelm II, with work beginning in 1894 and ending in 1905. After being severely damaged from World War II bombing, the cathedral began reconstruction in 1975 and was fully restored in 1993.


The cathedral’s historic Sauer organ is heard twice daily during worship, on Sundays in the religious services, in the vespers on Saturdays, and in numerous concerts. The Berliner Domkantorei and the Staats- und Domchor Berlin make their home in the Cathedral, and sing for the cathedral’s religious services and many concerts.

2017 Festival Schedule


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Visiting choirs arrive in Berlin, meet Tour Managers, take a panoramic city tour, and take 1-hour boat cruise on the River Spree
Late afternoon hotel check-in
Evening dinner and overnight


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning sightseeing in Berlin to visit Unter den Linden Strasse, the Russian War Memorial, Berlin Dom,  Reichstag, and more
Festival Welcome Lunch for all participating choirs
Afternoon Festival Chorus rehearsal
Dinner, on own


Friday, June 16, 2017

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning Festival Chorus rehearsal
Lunch, on own
Afternoon visit to the Neues Museum which houses archaeological collections from Egypt  and early history.
Dinner at a local restaurant
Evening Festival Chorus rehearsal


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning Dress Rehearsal with the orchestra in the Berliner Dom
Lunch, on own
Afternoon free for sightseeing and shopping
Dinner at a local restaurant
Festival Finale Concert in the Berliner Dom


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out

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