November 1, 2022
The first weekend in November is dedicated to support and promote choir music and set new impulses during the Bremen Choir Festival. The J-Cappella Choir of Jacobs University is part of the colorful program of concerts and musical events. Participating choirs can even qualify for a nationwide competition. The motto is “We make Bremen sing.”
The Bremen Choir Festival takes place from November 4 - 6, 2022 in different locations throughout the city. J-Cappella, the international choir at Jacobs University Bremen led by conductor Rucsandra Popescu, will perform on Sunday, November 6 at St. Stephani Church. Admission is free.
The weekend will kick-off with a series of concerts on Friday. On Saturday six choirs have the opportunity to qualify for the nationwide choir competition which takes place in June 2023. The winning choir will give a concert that same evening at St. Stephani Church. During the third day, Sunday, there will be two session of short-concerts including J-Cappella. The weekend comes to a close with a sing-along concert, partly directed by Popescu.
J-Cappella is characterized by the cultural and musical diversity of its members, with new members joining each fall, and others graduating and therefore leaving the choir each spring. Each semester brings with it an entirely new constellation of singers and musicians, and an entirely new instrument for Popescu to mold. This year marks the choir’s 15th anniversary – for the performance during the Choir Festival 15 Jacobs University alumni and former choir members will make their way from all over the world to support the current J-Cappella group. “We are so proud to welcome back some of our former singers. The J-Cappella choir is like a big family with strong bonds.” Popescu said.
The Bremen Choir Festival is organized by the Landesmusikrat Bremen (LMR) and the Neustädter Shanty-Chor Bremen e.V. in cooperation with the KreisChorVerband Bremen (KCV), the Deutschen Tonkünstlerverband Bremen (DTKV) and the Bremer Chöre.