Dresden Chamber Choir and The Lorraine Concert

The three compositions being performed at the concert are good examples of this. The text of the Magnificat, Mary's song of thanks ('My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”), is familiar from the Gospel of Luke. Visited by Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, Mary informs her that she is expecting a child. Bach's work was also first played at a Christmas ceremony.
Of the other two works, Unser Mund sei voll Lachens ('Let our mouths be full of laughter') was written for the first day of Christmas 1725 (in its opening chorus, one can discern the overture to Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major). Although Christen, ätzet diesen Tag ('Christians, remember this day') is not expressly Christmas music, it is of a celebratory nature that presumably originates from Bach's period in Weimar in the 1710s. In keeping with the Yuletide theme, all three works are cheerful in tone, with dynamic rhythms and orchestrations that flow with light.

Program and cast

Conductor: Marcus Creed

Soprano, Mary Bevan
Male alto, Tim Mead
Tenor, Guy Cutting
Bass, Tobias Bernd


J. S. Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243
J. S. Bach: Unser Mund sei voll Lachens - cantata, BWV 110
J. S. Bach: Christen, ätzet diesen Tag - cantata, BWV 63

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Palace of Arts

The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája in Hungarian) is a building in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, officially opened in March 2005. It is located near Rákóczi Bridge and was designed by Zoboky, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office. The National Theatre, which opened in 2002, is located next to it.


Both the Palace of Arts and the National Theatre are part of the new Millennium City Center being created in Budapest.

The structure of the Palace of Arts covers a ground area of 10,000 m² and the total floor space of the building is 70,000 m². It received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI in 2006.

The general manager is Csaba Kael.


Performing arts and other facilities


Bartók National Concert Hall is 25 m high, 25 m wide and 52 m long, providing a total capacity for 1,699 people. The concert hall features variable acoustics. The organ of the concert hall, inaugurated in 2006 by Xaver Varnus, has 92 stops and 5 manuals as well as 470 wooden pipes, 5028 tin pipes and 1214 reed pipes. It is one of the largest organs in Europe. A fully playable virtual version of this pipe organ named Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples was developed in 2008.


Ludwig Museum.  This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso("Musketeer With Sword"),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes("Rappaport Pharmacy") plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters;Imre Bukta("Officers at Pig Feast").Laszlo Feher,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by;Claes Oldenburg ("Lingerie Counter"),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz.

Festival Theatre.  The Festival Theatre, in the Eastern third of the Palace of Arts building, seats 452 and also has the most modern technology.

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