Immortal Bach

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Gijs Leenaars, conductor

Friday, October 21
Immortal Bach
Photo Credit: Jonas Holthaus

“Why has light been given to the weary of soul, and life to the troubled hearts?” Such timeless existential questions, raised here by Brahms, are at the heart of this evening of sacred choral works. The “superb” Rundfunkchor Berlin (Guardian, U.K.) performs under its new director, Gijs Leenaars, in a program where glorious choral works by Bach, Brahms, Schütz, and Schoenberg dissolve into the final haze of Knut Nystedt’s haunting meditation, Immortal Bach.

“Beautiful in the extreme…the chorus joined together in wave upon wave of ecstatic sound.”

—New Yorker on Rundfunkchor Berlin at the 2014 White Light Festival

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Gijs Leenaars, conductor (U.S. debut)
Ezra Seltzer, cello
Avi Stein, chamber organ
  • Schütz: Ist nicht Ephraim mein teurer Sohn
  • Bach: Fürchte dich nicht
  • Bach: Komm, Jesu, Komm!
  • Brahms: Fest- und Gedenksprüche
  • Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben
  • Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden
  • Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach
  • This performance will be followed by a White Light Lounge.
  • There is no late seating.

  • This performance is approximately one hour and ten minutes long with no intermission.


Friday, October 21 at 7:30


Venue Accessibility

  •  Large-print programs
  •  Braille programs
  •  Wheelchair-accessible seating
  •  Assistive listening devices
  • For more information about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact or 212.875.5375.