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The mdw’s Webern Chamber Choir

Since its establishment under Herwig Reiter in 1983, the WebernKammerchor of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna has established itself as a permanent fixture of Viennese concert life. Its members are mdw students with an interest in choral music who come together for one year at a time to devote themselves to choral music of all musical styles and eras.

Past years have seen the ensemble perform in venues including the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, St. Stephens Cathedral, and Schlosstheater Schönbrunn as well as go on tour to Finland, the USA, Catalonia, and Germany, and it has also won first and second prizes at the International Choral Competition Castle of Porcia in Spittal an der Drau.

With its series “Choral Bridges”, the WebernKammerchor has for several years now sought encounters and exchange with partner universities and their choirs from all over the world.

In this context, the ensemble has so far come together with the Madrigal Choir of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (Germany), the Mississippi Concert Singers (USA), and the Chamber Singers of the University of Illinois (USA), as well as with students of the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain), and the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar—both at their home universities and at the mdw in Vienna.

The 2017/18 season took the ensemble on a tour of Germany “in Bach’s footsteps”. As part of this tour, the WKCH gave concerts in Leipzig, Arnstadt, Jena, and Weimar. Together with the chamber choir of Weimar’s University of Music FRANZ LISZT, an exchange programme was started that saw its initial culmination in a joint concert at Vienna’s Michaelerkirche in early June of 2018. Furthermore, the WebernKammerchor prepared the Missa Claravallensis by Gottfried von Einem (who would have turned 100 this year) for a performance at Zwettl Abbey, where it was premièred 30 years ago as part of the celebrations commemorating the 850th anniversary of this monastic community’s founding.

The 2018/2019 season will include concerts with the Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez and the Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns in December 2018, while April 2019 will see performances at the Bogotá International Music Festival (Colombia) with Franz Schubert’s Mass in E Major as well as a challenging a cappella programme with works by Schubert and Brahms, and June 2019 will feature a milestone of music history: Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Virgine.