November 10, 2023

Creation of Angel: Ilmatar Choir

Ilmatar Choir Concerts Featuring Abeer Al Batal

 November 10, 2023 | 8:15 PM Location: Mennonite Community, Oudegracht 270, Utrecht

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‘Creation of Angel’

Experience Divine Harmony

Embark on a journey into the mystical realm of angels and timeless traditions. Join us on November 10, 2023, at the Mennonite Community in Utrecht, as Chamber Choir Ilmatar presents ‘Creation of Angel.’ This captivating performance transports you to the celestial world where angels, with their sinless souls, dwell in eternal peace.

“Angels, it is said, often do not know whether they walk among the living or the dead. The eternal stream carries all ages along with it in both areas and drowns them out in both.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Unlocking the Angel’s Melodies

Ilmatar Choir invites you to experience the heavenly choirs of angels, singing of sinless souls and their serene existence. Listen to the melodies of divine secrets as they descend into the sapphire night, embracing our earthly world. Angels, both awe-inspiring and enigmatic, hold within them the mysteries of the universe, and their music resonates with our hearts.

In ‘Creation of Angel,’ Ilmatar breathes life into angelic songs from diverse orders, spheres, and traditions. We journey through the angel’s perspective and the human desire to encounter their celestial melodies. Our repertoire spans Europe and the Middle East, weaving exuberant alleluias with tranquil folk songs from Scandinavia. Eastern traditions find expression in the compositions of Ukrainian composer Momotenko-Levytsky and Polish composer Penderecki. We also present the monumental ‘Die Erste Elegie’ by Finnish composer Rautavaara, inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem of the same name.

Abeer Al Batal: A Voice from the East

Adding an enchanting touch of Middle Eastern mystique, Syrian singer Abeer Al Batal joins our choir. Together, we explore angelic music from ancient religions and cultures, encompassing Assyrian, Islamic, Chaldean, and Arabic traditions. In collaboration with the Culture Unlimited festival, Kamerkoor Ilmatar creates a harmonious fusion of voices from the East and the West.

Featured Compositions:

  • Tina Andersson – The Angel
  • Patricia van Ness – The Nine Orders of the Angels (parts II, VIII, and IX)
  • Folk song from Gotland – Allt under himmelens fäste
  • Alfred Momotenko-Levytsky – Angelov Tvorche
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara – Die Erste Elegie
  • Krzysztof Penderecki – Izhe xeruvimy
  • Arvo Pärt – Alleluia-Tropus
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Denn er hat seinen Engel befohlen über dir
  • Judith Weir – My Guardian Angel
  • Folk song from Sweden – Som stjärnan uppå himmelen så klar
  • Enchanting songs from the Middle East

Join Us for a Transcendent Evening

Immerse yourself in an evening of transcendent music, where the earthly and celestial realms harmonize. Discover the mystical allure of angels and the diverse tapestry of their melodies. Be part of ‘Creation of Angel’ and experience divine harmony on November 10, 2023, at 8:15 PM, Mennonite Community, Oudegracht 270, Utrecht. Tickets are available now. Don’t miss this celestial journey.



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Mennonite Community, Oudegracht 270, Utrecht