Great works for choir and orchestra are a longstanding New Year’s Eve tradition at the Johanneskirche (St. John’s Church).
This year, the church’s cantor, Wolfgang Abendroth has put the “Petite messe solennelle” by Giaochino Rossini on the musical menu as the festive start for the last evening of 2019. The church’s large choir will be singing the Italian opera composer’s mass which, in fact, sounds not “little” but mighty. Things will become even more monumental at the New Year’s Eve concert in the Tonhalle. There, the Ensemble Chorus Musicus and Das Neue Orchester conducted by Christoph Spering will be performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. There is probably no other work better suited to a festive year-end concert than Beethoven’s magnum opus. It has all the ingredients needed: with Schiller’s “Ode to Joy”, perfect lyrics– accompanied by blaring trumpets and jubilant sopranos, as well as moments of reflection and contemplation. At the opera house, the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein under the baton of Principal Conductor Axel Kober will be presenting a colourful surprise programme. For New Year’s Eve, the Schauspielhaus theatre will also have a diverse programme and a party, as well as a song recital by and with ensemble star André Kaczmarczyk. One can also enjoy an unusual New Year’s Eve aboard the MS Eureka. Naturally, the highlight of this Rhine cruise will be the fireworks display that guests will be able to admire from the water, along with the view of the Altstadt (Old Town). The cruise includes a festive buffet, music and dance. The party at the “me and all” hotel also promises an excellent view of the fireworks. The hotel’s lounge is on the eleventh floor, high above the city roofs. DJ Maze will be playing the best New Year’s Eve party music there. The huge New Year’s Eve party in zakk will be laid-back and entertaining. Drinks and finger food are included in the ticket price, and there will be lots of good music for celebrating and dancing, over two floors. DJs will be playing chart hits and classics in the Halle, while the Club will be airing pop and disco from the ‘70s and ‘80s.