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NDR Chor
NDR Chor © Michael Zapf / NDR
Klaas Stok
Klaas Stok © Hans van der Wörd

Hauptkirche St. Katharinen

NDR Chor / Klaas Stok

Hamburg International Music Festival

Tickets €26.40

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In 2020, the »Hamburg International Music Festival« is dedicated to Sofia Gubaidulina, one of the leading composers of the modern age. She received the Praemium Imperiale art prize in 1998 and the Polar Music Prize in 2002. The NDR Chor and Klaas Stok perform her work »Canticle of the Sun« in St. Katharinen Church. »There are composers who construct their works very consciously, but I am one of those who instead ›cultivate‹ them,« says Sofia Gubaidulina. She also uses a beautiful image of the roots of a tree, from which everything grows: her compositions are the branches and the leaves – always new, yet firmly rooted in tradition.


NDR Chor

Ivan Monighetti violoncello

direction Klaas Stok


Tigran Mansurian
Ars Poetica / Auszüge

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Sofia Gubaidulina

Promoter: NDR / HamburgMusik

In cooperation with NDR das neue werk


Hauptkirche St. Katharinen

St. Katharinen, one of the five major churches in Hamburg, is regarded as the tallest building in the Hanseatic City. The church was originally designed in the Gothic style – today, the tall windows that flood the interior with light are evidence of this.

  • Getting Here

    Katharinenkirchhof 1
    20457 Hamburg

    Underground line U1: Meßberg
    Underground line U3: Rödingsmarkt
    Bus M4, M6: Brandstwiete
    Bus M3, 35, 37: Rödingsmarkt
    Schnellbus 35 and 37 are subject to surcharge.

  • Parking

    During events and concerts, parking spaces are available on the church's southern courtyard across from the Speicherstadt and the western courtyard at the base of the steeple.

  • Accessibility

    The church's entrance below the steeple is fully accessible for persons with disabilities.

© Michael Zapf