Striezelmarkt music - recital in Kreuzkirche

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Kreuzkirche

There's more to Advent in Dresden than the Christmas markets, and one of the nicest experiences is a recital in Kreuzkirche. This church is located right next to Altmarkt square where Striezelmarkt takes place and has strong ties to that market. Between first and third Advent, on weekdays Monday through Friday, they have a series of Christmas music recitals called "Striezelmarktmusik". It is free, starts at 5 pm and takes about 30 min (so not too long!) and always has some pieces of Christmas music, performed by a soloist singer accompanied by musicians/organist, choirs that sing either a-cappella or accompanied by organ or a brass band. The music can be either from the Baroque era, 19th century or contemporary - I've heard a gospel chorus, too. Inbetween the pastor of the church says some words on a christmassy theme, there's a prayer and the Lord's prayer, and all together sing a stanza of an Advent song - "Macht hoch die Tür" in the first week, "Tochter Zion" the second week.

Kreuzkirche, Striezelmarktmusik


This year I went to two of these Striezelmarktmusiken, in the first one Ute Selbig, an excellent soprano (a local who also sings at the Semperoper and often in oratorios) sang Baroque music first and then "Panis Angelicus" and "Cantique de Noel", accompanied by organ. Outstanding! On the second visit I got to hear a German-Ukrainian choir that sung orthodox Christmas songs a-cappella. Different, but very good.

Of course no recital is complete without a Christmas market visit afterwards, which always includes munching a Bratwurst and sipping a Glühwein with friends. I decided for white organic Glühwein created by winery Radebeul-Hofloessnitz and a Bratwurst made by Bean & Beluga, the gourmet restaurant. Yum.

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Kreuzkirche
Kreuzkirche
Kreuzkirche, Striezelmarktmusik
Kreuzkirche, Striezelmarktmusik
Kreuzkirche, Striezelmarktmusik
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a Striezelmarktmusik program
a Striezelmarktmusik program
Striezelmarkt
Striezelmarkt
Striezelmarkt
Striezelmarkt
Striezelmarkt
Striezelmarkt
Striezelmarkt, white Glühwein
Striezelmarkt, white Glühwein
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