Atelier 1 – The Groove of Classical Music

Excerpts from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana staged as a scenic cantata

This ateliers aims at mixed youth choirs with an age range from 14 to 25 years of age and will have a medium level of difficulty.

Conductor: Alessandro Cadario [IT]

Alessandro Cadario currently holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali – one of the oldest Italian symphonic orchestras, based in Milan.

After winning the ”Peter Maag” prize, he has caught the general attention in 2015, giving a highly acclaimed interpretation of Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” (“With Cadario, it is a great Rossini” claimed La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno). He also debuted in 2015 at Teatro alla Scala di Milano in the frame of “Festival delle orchestre internazionali”.

Over the course of his career, he has been conducting renowned orchestras, such as Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, Concerto Budapest, Sofia Festival Orchestra and I Cameristi della Scala. He also collaborates with soloists such as Daniel Müller-Schott, Andrea Bocelli, Mario Brunello and Gautier Capuçon,

In 2016, Alessandro Cadario debuted in China, conducting the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, K. 427, and at Venice’s Biennale Musica. In 2017, Alessandro Cadario was chosen by the Italian Senate to conduct the Christmas Concert, broadcasted live on the National Italian Television RAI 1. In 2018, he also debuted at Mariinsky Concert Hall, conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino, In Quattro pezzi sacri by Giuseppe Verdi. He has collaborated also with some of the most prestigious projects for youth musicians, like El Sistema, endorsed in Italy by M° Claudio Abbado, and the National Symphonic Orchestra dei Conservatori italiani, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Besides his main work as orchestra conductor, Alessandro Cadario is a strong promoter of the choral world. He founded and has conducted many youth and school choirs for over fifteen years.

Invited as a jury member and teacher by prestigious institutions, he held seminars and workshops for many national choral associations and also for the European Choral Association.

He is also appreciated as composer and arranger, among other works “Cantata for Revival” was premiered at the Lincoln Center in New York, “La Rosa de los vientos” at the National Concert Hall Taipei and recorded by NAXOS from Taipei Male Choir, the “Concert for 8 Choirs” commissioned and edited by FENIARCO.


from Carl Orrf’s Carmina Burana

(1) O Fortuna

(2) Fortune plango vulnera

(3) Veris leta facies

(5) Ecce gratum

Participating choirs:

Men's Voices of the Boys Choir Luzern [CH]

The men’s voices of the Boys’ Choir Lucerne are a small formation of the Boys’ Choir Lucerne. The 13 singers are all from the city of Lucerne (CH) and the surrounding region.

It is the choir’s aim to sing different musical genres at a high level, from film music to classical repertoire and Swiss folk songs. But fun and enjoyment are equally as important as is precise and detailed musical work. The choristers join the choir at around seven years of age. After the voice change they become part of the male voices’ ensemble for various projects and continue to sing in the big choir. Each chorister receives individual voice training.

Over the past years, the Male Voices have successfully taken part in competitions and have received several prizes, amongst others in Neerpelt, Montreux, and Cattolica. The Boys’ Choir Lucerne is conducted by Andreas Wiedmer.

Youth Choir of the AKG Bensheim [DE]

The youth choir of the ‘Altes Kurfürstliches Gymnasium Bensheim’ was founded in 1983 by Manfred Hein. Approximately 50 singers are part of the choir, with an obligatory audition to enter the choir from the school’s various junior choirs. Between 2006 and 2012 the choir was conducted by Markus Detterbeck, since 2012 Sabine Wulf and Manfred Hein are co-conductors.

The choir have won several prizes at various German choral competitions and have been touring many European countries and South Africa. They have also been part of several radio productions and recordings. The staging of Purcell’s opera Dido & Aeneas and the muscal Recall the days – Forgotten stories mark further artistic high-lights.

For more than 35 years, the school choir have been performing advanced choral music and have been aiming at offering unforgettable social experience to the young singers and enriching the choral landscape of the region of southern Hesse.


Elly Singers Wiesbaden [DE]

The Elly Singers consist of senior students and alumni of Elly-Heuss-Schule in Wiesbaden. Having sung their first concert in 2010, today 16 singers are part of the choir.

They won the first prize at the competition for school choirs of the Federal State of Hesse in 2013. They participated in the grand concert of the Hessian competition “Schulen musizieren” and won the gold diploma at the Hessian Choral Festival in 2014. Additionally, they won the special prize for the most varied repertoire, reaching from modern pop arrangements to demanding vocal jazz and classical choral literature.


Youth Choir of Friedenskirche Bonn [DE]

The youth choir of the Church of Peace, Bonn, is conducted by Johannes Pflüger, church musician and head musician of the deanery of Bonn, and is made of singers from 12 to 19 years of age. The choir’s repertoire consists mostly of popular church music, i.e. musicals, neues geistliches lied (NGL), gospels, etc., but also classical choral music. In 2016, they staged Leavitt’s Missa festiva and Langlais’ Missa in simplicate. Occasionally, the choir performs together with the church choir, for example Mozart’s Requiem or cantatas from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. In 2008, the choir hosted a youth choir from their partner deanery Kusinii A, Tanzania. Together, both choirs participated in the first edition of YOUTH CHOIRS IN MOVEMENT.

To mark their tenth anniversary, they staged the rock opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. In July 2010, a group of singers visited the partner choir in Tanzania. In 2013, they staged the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (Rice/Webber) and in 2018, they did a concert tour to Berlin and Brandenburg, during which they concerted with songs from the film “The Chorus” and French madrigals.



Rehearsal Venue:

Haus der Evangelischen Kirche | Adenauerallee 37, 53113 Bonn

Evangelischer Kirchenkreis Bonn