Press Release, 09/10/20
THE WORLD TO COME - Festive Berlin mass based on Ludwig van Beethoven's “Missa solemnis” 
The Rundfunkchor Berlin is continuing its successful series of transdisciplinary projects with the centrepiece of the 2020/21 season: THE WORLD TO COME. Under the musical direction of chief conductor Gijs Leenaars the Rundfunkchor Berlin stages the next transdisciplinary project after the renowned “human requiem” und “LUTHER dancing with the gods”. Working from a concept and direction by Tilman Hecker and a composition by Birke J. Bertelsmeier THE WORLD TO COME combines contemporary musical trends with Beethoven's masterpiece in a concert installation. Together with the Rundfunkchor Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin artists Colin Self, Iwona Sobotka, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Moor Mother, and Planningtorock are taking the themes and music of Beethoven's mass as the starting point for an extraordinary musical journey into the world of tomorrow.
As a transdisciplinary sound experience and spatial installation, THE WORLD TO COME dissolves the boundaries of ordinary choir concerts. This extraordinary interplay of artists from highly diverse musical genres is to be premiered at the Vollgutlager Berlin. Visitors will walk through the concert installation in the large hall of the Vollgutlager and individual rooms of the adjacent club SchwuZ. The individual stations will be combined in many different ways to create a remarkable concert experience.
THE WORLD TO COME is also the working title for a series concept, in which the Rundfunkchor Berlin will focus on explosive contemporary issues.
The preparatory work has been supervised academically by Jan Assmann – a scholar of culture and religion as well as an Egyptologist. Inspired by discussions with Tilman Hecker and by the Rundfunkchor Berlin's involvement with this masterpiece by Beethoven, Assmann wrote his book Kult und Kunst. Beethoven's Missa Solemnis als Gottesdienst, which was published by C.H.BECK in late August. Jan Assmann dedicated his book to Tilman Hecker and Hans-Hermann Rehberg as well as to the Rundfunkchor Berlin – a special honour, for which we would like to express our appreciation again here.

Vollgutlager Berlin
8th/9th October 2020
Thurs./Fri. 7 pm

Festive Berlin mass based on Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa solemnis" in D-major, op. 123
Composition and Arrangement by Birke J. Bertelsmeier
Concert installation

Tilman Hecker – Concept and set
Dominikus Müller – Dramaturgy
Birke J. Bertelsmeier – Composition
John Torres – Lighting
Jan Assmann – Academic supervision
Colin Self
Iwona Sobotka – Soprano
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Moor Mother
Arrangement Colin Self: Justin Wong
Arrangement Mohammad Reza Mortazavi: Lea Fink
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Gijs Leenaars – Conductor
Tickets: 48 Euro (no seating).

A production by the Rundfunkchor Berlin in the context of BTHVN 2020.
Subsidized by the Federal Government Representative for Culture and Media.
Presented by Siegessäule
and tip Berlin.

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 » Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (c) Acci Babba
 » Moor Mother (c) Bob Sweeney
 » Rundfunkchor Berlin (c) Marcel Koehler
 » Gijs Leenaars (c) Hans van der Woerd
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