Christmas at the Gasteig

Christmas at the Gasteig

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This year’s festive Christmas concert on 24 December is streamed from the Philharmonic Hall.


You can also watch the event via BR KulturBühne.

Titled »Christmas at the Gasteig«, the traditional Christmas Eve concert – formerly known as »Festliche Musik zum Heiligen Abend« (Festive Music on Christmas Eve) – is again this year set to be a magical evening in the Philharmonic Hall. With stories, American seasonal classics as well as classical music, it will conjure up the season’s spirit. For over 20 years, young and old have attended this annual highlight in the festively decorated Philharmonic Hall in the Gasteig. In this special year, the Gasteig invites you to enjoy the Christmas concert free of charge by live stream at home.

Cornelia Lanz, mezzo-soprano
Max Wagner, baritone
Arcis Saxophone Quartet:
Claus Hierluksch (soprano saxophone), Ricarda Fuss (alto saxophone), Edoardo Zotti (tenor saxophone), Jure Knez (baritone saxophone)
Munich Bach Choir (virtual)
Members of the Munich Bach Orchestra:
Hannes Läubin (trumpet I), Yosemeh Adjei (trumpet II), Michael Speyer (trumpet III), Christian Benning (timpani & percussion), Michael Friedrich (violin), Clemens Weigel (violoncello), Thomas Hille (double bass), Christoph Eglhuber (theorbo and guitar)
Anouschka Horn, presenter
Hansjörg Albrecht, conductor, organ and piano

Cornelia Lanz is an internationally sought-after vocal soloist and has performed on numerous major stages both in Germany and abroad, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Tonhalle Zurich, Mei Lanfang Grand Theater Beijing and the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre. She works with numerous renowned orchestras, including the Stuttgart State Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, l’arte del mondo and Hassler-Consort. Cornelia Lanz has had engagements at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater and the Theater Nordhausen and performs at various festivals. Having studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, she completed her artistic education and training as a singer at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. As an oratorio singer, she took  on the great alto and mezzo parts, and her lied repertoire included  numerous songs in a range of styles in thematically arranged programmes. In opera, she sings mezzo parts from Gluck’s Orfeo and Handel’s Storgé to Mozart’s Dorabella and Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Eboli and Wagner’s Fricka. Her production of Handel’s Alcina was staged in New York, Handel’s Imeneo in Dubai and Janáčeks’s Makropulos in Munich. With her association Zukunft Kultur e. V., she produces, directs and initiates major operas as well as TV and art projects with refugees and a focus on socio-political issues. Currently, she is the head of the culture department of the city of Lahr.

Max Wagner was born in Munich in 1969, studied law in Munich and Paris and later vocals in Dresden and Mainz. After his internship in Munich, he worked as a singer and lawyer. From 2005 to 2011, he was Executive Director of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra before taking the position of Managing Director of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich. Since March 2017, he has been Managing Director of Gasteig München GmbH.


Das Arcis Saxophon Quartett consists of Claus Hierluksch (soprano sax), Ricarda Fuss (alto sax), Edoardo Zotti (tenor sax) and Jure Knez (baritone sax). With a rare line-up for a chamber music ensemble, the young Munich-based Arcis Saxophon Quartett captivates its audience with its passion and its charismatic and authentic presence on stage. »A fantastic ensemble that is still burning, innovative and wild about making music on a high level,« says composer Enjott Schneider. The highly acclaimed quartet has already achieved international success and has received many awards, including, in 2016, the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis. It received several scholarships, including from the City of Munich and the Erika and Georg Dietrich Foundation. The  Arcis Saxophon Quartett was founded in 2009 by students of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM) and attended classes with members of the Artemis Quartet in Berlin as well as Prof. Koryun Asatryan and Prof. Friedmann Berger in Munich. The ensemble has been a member of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) since 2015. Its international debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in London’s Wigmore Hall was followed in 2017 with an invitation to the Berliner Philharmonie. In 2013, the ensemble’s first CD, »Arcis Saxophon Quartett spielt Enjott Schneider« was released by Ambiente Audio. Its second CD, »Rasch« followed in 2017 on Genuin.

Hansjörg Albrecht is considered a musical innovator and lateral thinker without fear of contact. As a conductor, he consistently follows his own paths – between archive and new creation and with an extensive repertoire from Bach to Messiaen – and with his organ transcriptions he has established himself as a specialist among the virtuosos of his instrument. He is Artistic Director of the Munich Bach Choir & Bach Orchestra. He also has a long-standing collaboration with the San Carlo Opera House in Naples and the Staatskapelle Weimar. He performs in the major music centres such as London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo and New York and collaborates with internationally renowned artists and orchestras. In 2013, he was nominated for the GRAMMY Award.

Anouschka Horn has been a regular on BR television for 25 years. Far beyond Bavaria’s borders, she is the familiar face of the »Rundschau Magazin« programme. Born in Munich, she studied history, history of art and political science at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Photos © Benedikt Feiten / GMG, taken when the concert was recorded; Arcis Saxophon Quartett © Harald Hoffmann

Season’s Greetings to All!


  • Composer: Johann Sebastian BachOpus: Sinfonia from BWV 205 (arrangement for 3 trumpets, timpani, organ and basso continuo)
  • Composer: George MichaelOpus: »Last Christmas«
  • Composer: José FelicianoOpus: »Feliz Navidad«
  • Composer: James Lord PierpontOpus: »Jingle Bells«
  • Composer: Sammy Cahn, Jule StyneOpus: »Let It Snow«
  • Composer: John Frederick CootsOpus: »Santa Claus Is Coming To Town«
  • Composer: Irving BerlinOpus: »White Christmas«
  • Composer: Adolphe AdamOpus: »Cantique de Noël«
  • Composer: Pietro MascagniOpus: »Ave Maria«
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian BachOpus: »Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier«
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian BachOpus: »Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ«
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian BachOpus: »Bereite dich, Zion«
  • Composer: TraditionalOpus: »O du fröhliche«