Saturday Oct 5th. Reims, France

Written by Jack van Ommen on October 5th, 2013

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I visited the world famous cathedral of Reims to check the mass schedule for tomorrow. 9.30 a.m. And in the next 20 minutes there was a free choral concert in the church given by the Chorale Heinrich-Schuetz from Kiel, Germany. I had expected that Inge and Wolf my Kieler culture-vulture crusing friends, I traveled with in Bulgaria and Turkey in 2011, would be in the choir. Outstanding choir and director, they were introduced by the French hosts as semi-professional, but then there are a few small details they could have learned from my last choir director, Herman Paardekooper. Their pièce de résistance was the Latin mass from Louis Vierne. I liked in particular “Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?” from Johannes Brahms and the contemporary “Lux aurumque” from Eric Whitacre.

I hope that I get my camera problems fixed for tomorrow’s mass at the Cathedral. It has some of the finest stain glass windows and the large rosette above the entrance of any European Gothic cathedrals. This is the church where Charlemagne was crowned. The focus problem is apparently not in the lens but in the camera mechanics. I have to dig for my spare. Or be forced to figure out how to take pictures with my brand new tablet.

Oct 2nd Early in Escaudoevre




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