Stricker Kulturmanagement GmbH


Südtirol Festival Merano

Sunday, 11th September 2022, 8.30pm

The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace

Sir Karl Jenkins

Chamber Choir of Europe

(Direction Masis Aram Gözbek)

Haydn Orchester Bolzano und Trento


The Armed man: A Mass For Peace is one of the most performed contemporary works in the world. 

Many sections of the work are worthy of close examination – not least the Agnus Dei and the Sanctus – but it’s the haunting Benedictus that captivates listeners to the greatest extent, leaving them begging for more. Jenkins’s writing for soulful cello is sublime and the heavenly choral accompaniment truly transports you to another place.

Never one to define himself by one set of beliefs, Jenkins uses all sorts of inspirations for the text of The Armed Man, including the Muslim call to prayer, the sixteenth-century 'L’Homme armé' Mass tradition, and ancient religious texts.


Sir Karl Jenkins will be joining the Chamber Choir of Europe and the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trentino for an unforgettable performance at the Merano Music Festival. 


The Chamber Choir of Europe is made up of professional singers from throughout the continent, and guarantees the highest quality and is reputable for its empathetic and passionate choir concerts.


The repertoire of the choir is as diverse as the European culture. It significantly contributes to the development of cultural dialogue and the mutual understanding of the culture and history of the European people.


© Rhys Frampton.

The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen

Singing-Day - Workshop - Concert


Sing with the Chamber Choir of Europe, Morten Lauridsen, and Nicol Matt and experience unforgettable musical moments!


A musical highlight of European and American choir music culture: With “Light Eternal” Morten Lauridsen, Nicol Matt, and the Chamber Choir of Europe invite you to a very special experience. Work together with Morten Lauridsen - a master of unique and soulful soundscapes - on his impressive pieces. 


The choir, with singers from Europe and around the world (members from 15 nations), embodies the European thought. The repertoire of the choir is as diverse as the European culture. It significantly contributes to the development of cultural dialogue and the mutual understanding of the culture and history of the European people. 


As a professional ensemble, it guarantees the highest quality and is reputable for its empathetic and passionate choir concerts. Nature, light, and lyrics are three of the many characteristics that shape this special musical encounter. 


Morten Lauridsen, Piano (

Chamber Choir of Europe (

Nicol Matt, Conductor (


Complete format and program available on request

Mantra meets Classic - "Shanmuga Kavacham"

An Indian prayer meets classical European choral music

Chamber Choir of Europe

Tenor: Malcom Cooper (USA)

Tenor: Sooraj Santhosh (India)

Tenor: Anand Madhavan (India)

Soprano: Anne Reich (Germany)

Alto: Shalini Singh (India)

Conductor: Nicol Matt (Germany)

Mantras have healing powers in the Hindu faith, using vocal performance causing human body to vibrate which cleanses the mind, body and soul. "Shanmuga Kavacham" must be regarded as intercession for protection against all dangers to the Lord Murugan, the reincarnated form of the Supreme God Shiva which embodies Hinduism.

Another important feature of this project is clearly in the Indian-German cooperation which will contribute on the basis of music to promote international understanding. The singers and soloists come from all over Europe, India and the USA.

The audience will be led by a narrator throughout this sonorous performance. The concert will be recorded and broadcast on Indian television. More information about "Mantra meets Classic" can be found on the homepage:


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SEARCH FOR BUDDHA - eine Weltmusik-Symphonie

für Symphonieorchester, Chor und sieben Solisten.

Eine musikalische Reise mit einer universellen Friedens-Botschaft, die stilistische und kulturelle Grenzen überschreitet und die Begegnung verschiedener Kulturen ermöglicht. Die Musik beinhaltet indische und andere asiatische Elemente, die sich auf neue Weise mit dem Klang des modernen westlichen Symphonieorchesters, dem Chor und dem Spiel der Solisten verbinden. Eine faszinierende Symbiose zwischen Ost und West.


Komposition: Sandesh Shandilya

Orchesterarrangeur: Kornél Fekete-Kovács

Lyrik von Charles Lambrou

Eine Auftragskomposition des WDR Köln

Die Solisten:

Solo Geang: Rabih Lahoud

Chants: Sandesh Shandilya

Trompete/Flügelhorn: Markus Stockhausen

Bansuri-Flöte: Dinesh Mishra

Bassklarinette/Klarinette: Tara Bouman

Perkussion: Rhani Krija

Hanif Khan: Tabla

Dauer: ca.100 Minuten mit Pause

Uraufführung am 6. Februar 2015 im Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal des WDR Köln mit dem WDR Funkhausorchester und dem WDR Rundfunkchor, Folgeaufführung am 7. Februar 2015 in Bielefeld, Oetkerhalle.

Leitung: Wayne Marshall 

ATHALIA - Georg Frideric Handel

Oratorio in three acts

A libretto by Samuel Humphreys based on the play Athalie by Jean Racine

First performed on 13 July 1733 at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford


Athalia: Élodie Hache

Josabeth: Maria Savastano

Joad: Aude Extrémo

Abner: Nahuel Di Pierro

Mathan: Oleksiy Palchykov

Joas: Mehdi Delmotte-Fecih and Lauranne Rodriguez-Suarez

Chamber Choir of Europe

Ensemble Diderot

Conductor Iñaki Encina Oyón

10forBrass – The Best of 2021(Tour 18.07.21 – 25.07.21 and on request)


Ever since its founding in 2010, “10forBrass” has performed in concert halls and churches as well as on Open-Air-stages and excited audiences in Europe and abroad. In 2017 “10forBrass” traveled to Japan and made two great appearances at the Edogawa Gakuen Concert Hall in Tokyo. 


At the German music competition (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb), the ensemble was rewarded a scholarship and received 2ndplace in the Felix Mendelson Bartholdy college competition in 2013. 


Rolando Villanzón presented “10forBrass” in his show “stars-von-morgen” on Arte. With the label GENUIN, “10forBrass” published multiple albums. The debut-album Portrait was followed byOriginal, a composition for brass players, and the recently released CD Opera.


The ensemble frequently makes appearances at the Hohenloher Kultursommer, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the MDR Musiksommerand the Burghofspieleby the river Rhine. Additionally, „10forBrass“ has performed at the Essen Philharmonics, Balingen city hall, the Mozartfestin Würzburg, the Laeiszhalle and Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg as well as the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Berlin Philharmonics. 


One of “10forBrass” most popular programs is „Brass meets Opera“ 

Audio clips and more can be found on their website: