Gospel and Jazz in the Liebfrauenkirche during the Hessentag

It was on Whit Monday that just over a hundred visitors to the Hessentag in Oberursel made their way to the Liebfrauenkirche (church) for an evening of gospel and jazz.

The group “Tontauben” in Weißkirchen had joined forces with musicians from Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt and singer Ariane Treffer to perform a Gospel Mass by Robert Ray and “Magnificat” by Christoph Schönherr, all of which was conducted by Mark Opeskin.

The concert in the Liebfrauenkirche during the Hessentag in Oberursel

Gospel & Jazz in the Liebfrauenkirche

Described as one of the highlights of the Hessentag, the evening was funded by the catholic diocese of Limburg and the Oberursel’s culture and sport association (KSFO).

Both pieces included a mixture of Latin and English texts.  The Gospel Mass was composed in 1981, with the Jazz Magnificat being a relatively new piece from 2004-2005.  The Magnificat’s composer, Christoph Schönherr, use the language mix to show that the it is a very old story, but one that is still valid today.  Mixed into the jazz score were some rock elements as well.

Ariane Treffer and Mark Opeskin during the Hessentag in Oberursel

Ariane Treffer and Mark Opeskin

The concert lasted around 75 minutes and was well received by the audience, who had enjoyed something a little different to the most of the musical events on offer in Oberursel this week.


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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