Sunday, 17 September, around 13 hrs. / Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend 2023 / (solo) / In the courtyard of the Jan van de Ploeghuis there is an installation dedicated to spelt goddess Hildegard von Bingen, namesake of the neighborhood and inventress of spelt beer with the once controversial ingredient hop. On Sunday afternoon, Cora Schmeiser will perform songs by Hildegard von Bingen. This is in the context of the Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend, which coincides with her name day / Hooglandstraat 67, Rotterdam.
Tuesday, 26 September, 19 hrs. / Goldenes Licht des Himmels / (ensemble) / In all Christian churches, angels accompany the believers through the church year: the archangel Gabriel announces the birth of Mary, at Christmas the choirs of angels sing the praise, and according to the Gospel of Matthew an angel rolled aside the stone with which Jesus' tomb was sealed, and proclaimed the resurrection of Christ. In pictorial representations of the coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven, Mary is often surrounded by angels playing music - singing and with accompanying wind, string or plucked instruments. Depictions of choirs of angels are also often found on altarpieces, its double doors often locked and only opened on high holidays. Then heaven and the heavenly choirs became visible to the congregation - heaven opened up. But how might this angelic music sound? What was the idea of it like in the Middle Ages? The Colusca ensemble's contribution to this year's festival theme deals with such questions - based on the assumption that the singing of the earthly celebrants and congregations mixes with the angelic choirs of the heavenly liturgy in the polyphony, while the polyphony in liturgical contexts initially belongs to the joyful genres and was reserved for positive moments. In addition to compositions by Guillaume Dufay and Walter Frye, examples from the repertoire that have been collected and handed down in the Engelberg Codex 314, in the Berliner Liederhandschrift 190 and in the Buxheimer Orgelbuch will also be heard. And maybe this evening you can feel a little how impressive, even devastating the polyphony must have been for people who once only heard monophonic music in their everyday life.... / Ensemble Colusca: Cora Schmeiser - vocals, Susanne Ansorg - fiddle and Lucia Mense - flutes with Vincent Kibilis - harp as part of the Wittenberger Renaissance Musikfestival / Bourbeck Haus, Schlossplatz, Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
Sunday, 15 October, 17 hrs. / Dit en dat / (ensemble) / Concert by the Lunyala Trio: Lucia Mense - flutes, Cora Schmeiser - voice, Dietmar Bonnen - keys and percussion in the interior design of the visual artists Ulrike Siecaup and Sigmund de Jong Financially supported by the Initiative Freie Musik e.V. Köeln / das Gelbe Palais, Cologne.
Sunday November 12th (spare day Saturday November 11th) 3:00 p.m. / 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. for 1-2 people / 5:30 p.m. for a maximum of 6 people / Cora's hEARarium • Private devotion / (solo) / Cora Schmeiser - singing, lecture, hurdy-gurdy, singing bowl / Inspired by conversations with Ulrike Siecaup (Cologne) and Sigmund de Jong (Rotterdam) as well as Guido Lauterbach from the Gelbe Palais, Cora invites you to a private devotion for 1 singer and 1 to 2 listeners. The newly designed rooms of the Gelbe Palace with intensified proportions form a unity with the spatial architecture, lines, light and colors. Cora's hEARarium offers a sound-enhanced intuitive experience using a selection of vocal suggestions from the Middle Ages and the present. Perotinus (1160-1230), Giuliano Bracci (*1980), Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), John Cage (1912-1992), Hans Arp (1886-1966) and Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) can be part of the sound collage. Listeners choose one of the three-course menus blue • green • gray • brown • or white, which Cora will later serve as a private devotion. Each menu consists of three focal points: a context, a song from the medieval period and a contemporary composition or text. / Please send registration to the following address: email@example.com / das Gelbe Palais, Cologne.
Sunday, 5 November, 12 - 15.30 hrs. / Klangwerkstatt / (ensemble) / Sound workshop with Ars Choralis Coeln conducted by Maria Jonas / Kolumba Museum, Cologne.
Sunday, 15 December / Aus einer Wurzel zart - Christmas program / Concert by Ensemble Nu:n: Gert Anklam – saxophones, Falk Zenker – guitar & live electronics and Cora Schmeiser - voice & recitation. Medieval songs and chants in a new fashion / Bildhäuser Hof, Bad Neustadt.