Solitude Choir Stuttgart

Solitude Choir Stuttgart Photo credit: Christoph Bächtle

The Solitude Choir Stuttgart was founded in the 1980s as the school choir of the Solitude Gymnasium (secondary school) in Stuttgart-Weilimdorf. The choir has been performing as an independent ensemble under the direction of Klaus Breuninger since 1994. The choir members are ambitious singers from the greater Stuttgart area. The Solitude Choir sees itself as an independent project choir with brisk concert activity. Musically, emphases are placed on performances of rarely played works by outstanding national and international composers. The choir collaborates on a regular basis with other ensembles, most notably with the University of Hohenheim Symphony Orchestra. Performances encompass sacred and secular compositions from a cappella pieces to major oratorio-like works to demanding gospel and jazz. In recent years the focus on contemporary works has evolved, for example, in 2010 “Pulso” by the Brazilian Pablo Trindade as well as Alejandro de Nardi’s “Piantao por el tango” in 2015, each with the composers present. A further highlight was provided by the “Sinfonie der Kulturen” (Symphony of the cultures) which the Stuttgart composer Adrian Werum developed with the Solitude Choir together with refugees. In 2013 the European premiere of the Holocaust oratorio “i believe” took place with the Canadian composer Zane Zalis present, and 2014 the US premiere of the same with the participation of the Solitude Choir on Broadway in New York. In January 2017 a further performance followed on the occasion of the 7th Holocaust Remembrance Days in Stuttgart’s partner city of Lodz, Poland. Friendly connections between singers from Murau and the choir of KG Wuppertal have come into being through various joint performances.

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