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2007 – Hiroshima-concert

2007 – Hiroshima-concert

Songs of Remembrance of Hiroshima touched the hearts of the audience

On 5 August, at 9 pm, the premises of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedchtniskirche) at Lietzenburger Str. 39, Charlottenburg, was the venue of a charity concert featuring Tihoko Nakatu (Hiroshima) and the Credo Chamber Choir (Kyiv). The program included Ukrainian and Russian sacred choral music of the last three centuries, and a cycle of poems by Sadako Kurihara Thinking about Hiroshima…

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin was the venue of a charity concert on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The church was destroyed during World War II and its ruins remind us of the horrors of war. The concert was held in a huge octagonal chapel built near the ruins after the war. The initiator and producer of the concert was Mr. Peter Hauber, who was director of the IPPNW concert (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War). Over the past 24 years he has organized a number of charity concerts in many German cities. His motto, “Open your mind with music, send a message of peace with words”, calls to value peace and warns against the dangers of nuclear weapon. In the evening, before the concert began, the hall accommodating 1000 people was almost full, and there were many people that rarely go to church. The concert featured the Kyiv Credo Chamber Choir of 33 artists aged 20 to 30.

In memory of the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima the choir performed Ukrainian and Russian a capella spiritual songs of the 17th-20th centuries.

At the beginning of the program Bogdan Plish and his choir performed Sacred Love by Georgy Sviridov. The audience was charmed with the soloist’s divine soprano and perfectly harmonious choral singing. Then the following works were performed: the 17th c. partes choral concert Adam Seats at Eden Door, Сhoral concert No. 32 Lord, Make Me Know My End by D. Botnyansky, Blessed Are They Whom Thou Hast Chosen by P. Tchaikovsky.

After that Sadako Kurihara recited three poems from her book Time Called Hiroshima. The poem To Sahiko, Killed By the Atomic Bomb, which conveyed the grief of a mother who lost her daughter during the atomic bombing “on the evening at the end of the war, when Japan put on mourning clothing”, was read with such feeling that “the audience was deeply touched, even without the German translation”.

After that letters from the mayors of Hiroshima and Berlin were read and the concert proceeded with the works by S. Taneyev (the second part of the cantata John of Damascus titled But While I Sleep with The Eternal Sleep, My Love Will Never Die) and G. Sviridov (Lament, Parting and Choral), which made a lasting impression on the audience. There was endless applause and two pieces were performed as an encore.

Tihoko Nakatu was born in Hiroshima.
Music critic, member of the German Journalists Association.
10 Aug 2007
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1. Sacred love. G. Sviridov

2. Partes choral concert XVII  “Adam seats at Eden door“

3. Chorus concert N 32 “Lord, make me to know my end” D.Bortnyansky

4. “Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen”.P. Tchaikovsky

5. Sadako Kurihara

6. Crying. G. Sviridov

7. Parting. G. Sviridov

8. Choral. G. Sviridov

9. ‘My love never dies’  S.Taneev

10. Mercy of peace.K. Stetsenko