This choir was founded in 1985 under the name “Singkreis Klagenfurt-Wörthersee and currently consists of about 50 singers. Since autumn 2018 the choir has been directed by Günter Wallner, a full-time choral director and Kapellmeister at the Stadttheater in Klagenfurt. This chamber choir is well-known for its multifaceted repertoire. This includes classical choral literature as well as large orchestral works: Franz Schubert’s Mass in E-flat major (2004 and 2017), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Missa da Requiem (2006), motets by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and John Taverner (2008), Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum and Charles Gounod’s Messe solennelle (St. Cecilia Mass) (2009), Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (2010), Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (2014), etc. In the choral scene this choir is known above all by its innovative choral projects and literature. Projects such as “Mein Land” (My Country) (2007) and “Unser Land” (Our Country) (a follow-up project 2012) set new impulses through composing commissions for numerous Carinthian composers in the entire folk song sector and can be seen as bridge builders between German and Slovene speaking Carinthian songs. “Nordklang” (2008) was dedicated to Scandinavian choral literature sung in a choral “quartet setting”. In 2010 the Passion literature of the Eastern and Western churches, scientifically supported and supervised by Günther Antesberger, was compared by utilizing the piece “Halleluja-Alliluja”. Since 2001 “Christmas in Europe” has accompanied the choir – a concert program including Christmas carols from each member state of the EU in its respective national language, newly scored for mixed choir and orchestral ensemble. Each project included a CD production. The choir also maintains a lively partnership with other choirs as well as to ORF Carinthia, which has led to numerous radio and television productions. Concert tours to many European countries and to the Far East as well as to South Africa, Canada and most recently to Copenhagen, Barcelona and Brussels complement the active life of this choir.
Director: Günter Wallner