Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Children's Choir

Date:2019-07-29      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Concert Hall

Dates: August 02, 2019


Frank Bridge   
A cappella Peter Piper     

“Avec la garde montante”, from opera Carmen
Engelbert Humperdinck 
Abendsegen, from opera Hänsel und Gretel
Engelbert Humperdinck 
“Erlöst, befreit, für alle Zeit!”, from Hänsel und Gretel
Richard M. Sherman/ Robert B. Sherman  
“Teamwork”, from musical Tschitti Tschitti Bäng Bäng   
Richard M. Sherman/ Robert B. Sherman  
“Truly Scrumptious”, from musical Tschitti Tschitti Bäng Bäng   
Tim Minchin   
When I grow up, from musical Matilda
Ed Lojeski   
Disney on Stage, from Disney Classics   


Bruno Coulais 
“Lueur d´ ete”, from film Les Choristes   
Bruno Coulais  
“Caresse sur l’océan”, from film Les Choristes
Bruno Coulais 
“Vois sur ton chemin”, from film Les Choristes
Bruno Coulais  
“Cerf volant”, from film Les Choristes 
“Bald Prangt, den Morgen zu verkünden”, from opera Zauberfloete
Christoph Israel / Thomas Pigor  
“Schneeballschlacht” , from operetta Drei Männer im Schnee
Harry Dixon Loes   
This Little Light of Mine” – Gospel            
Benny Andersson / Stig Anderson / Björn Ulvaeus, David Lawrence         ABBA Forever!    
Harry Warren/Mac Huff  
Chattanooga Choo Choo   
Marc Shaiman / Mac Huff  
“Sister Act”, from film Sister Act


Verena Sarré

Verena Sarré studied piano and singing at the Richard Strauss Conservatoire in Munich and continued her studies with Professor Rolf Koenen at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. This was followed by a busy concert career as an accompanist with famous singers such as Francisco Araiza and Wolfgang Brendel. After studying music education at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, she shifted her main focus to composing, conducting and working with children's choirs.

She took over the children's choir of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in January 2004.


Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Children's Choir

The Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Children's Choir was founded around 30 years ago and has been involved in many music theatre productions and concerts since then, including Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, La bohème, Hänsel und Gretel, Der Bajazzo, Wozzeck, Feuersnot, Im weißen Rössl, Das schlaue Füchslein, Johanna auf dem Scheiterhaufen and Das Beben, along with the musicals Marilyn and Tschitti Tschitti Bäng Bäng and Orff's Carmina Burana.

The artistic profile of the Choir is characterised by its strikingly wide-ranging musical approach, ranging from the classical concert genre through participation in musicals to grand opera. The Choir currently has around 60 active members aged between 7 and 16.

The Choir has been directed since 2004 by the experienced singing teacher, pianist and singer Verena Sarré, who also trains child soloists, such as the three boys in Die Zauberflöte, the brother and sister in Hänsel und Gretel and soloists for baroque operas.

In 2007, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Children's Choir appeared in the film and CD production of La Bohème with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón, which received the ECHO Klassik Award. Since 2009, the Choir has also appeared on stage in its own children's opera productions such as Brundibár by Hans Krása, Der kleine Schornsteinfeger by Benjamin Britten and the children's musical Zirkus Furioso.

In 2015, the Choir staged a well-received benefit concert in the Heilig-Geist-Kirche in Munich in aid of Syrian refugees. A wide range of concerts given by the Choir along with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Radio Orchestra, including, most recently, the Paradisi Gloria series conducted by Ulf Schirmer in 2017, complete the Choir's profile.