Under the dome, in the Cathedral of Berlin. Image by Fosie (cc) Editor's Desk

Easter has inspired composers to create some of the most reputable sacred classical music in history. Themes of renewal, rebirth and rejoice have all served to compliment the spring season, drawing in audiences from every background to experience a sublime celebration through music.

Ostern in Berlin

Berlin welcomes the warm Easter season with a plethora of concerts offered throughout churches and concert halls. On Good Friday at Konzerthaus Berlin, witness the magnificent choral Grande Messe des Morts by Berlioz with the Berlin Konzerthausorchester. Sit in the stunning Berlin Cathedral on Easter Sunday to hear the legendary oratorio St Matthew Passion by Bach, or the Coronation Mass by Mozart and Easter Oratorio by Bach performed by the Collegium Vocale and the Berlin Sinfonietta.

Paques à Paris

© Paris Tourist Office / Marc Bertrand

© Paris Tourist Office / Marc Bertrand

 

Experience Easter and springtime in Paris at the most famous venues across the City of Lights. During Holy Week, enter the Notre-Dame Cathedral to hear its very own vocal ensemble perform Gregorian chant and medieval music in celebration of the holy relics. Visit La Sainte Chapelle on Easter weekend to immerse yourself in sacred music by Bach, Mozart, Haydn and more while surrounded by the impressive Gothic architectural design of the church. Take a seat at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to watch the masterpiece St. Matthew Passion by Bach with the Orchestra and Choir of the Collegium Vocale Gent. Be moved by the grace of the St. John Passion by Bach at La Madeleine Church with the Paul Kuentz Chorus and Orchestra.

Ostern in Wien

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Celebrate Easter in Vienna with its internationally recognized classical music, opera and Sacher-Torte. Step inside the Golden Hall of the Musikverein on Good Friday for an extraordinary performance of symphonies, concertos, overtures and arias with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra. On Easter Sunday, see the classic Vivaldi: The Four Seasons at the St. Charles Church (Karlskirche) for a baroque experience, or visit the St. Peter’s Church (Peterskirche) in Vienna’s center to enjoy the Classic Ensemble Vienna: Concerts with works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Vivaldi and J. Strauss.

Pasqua a Roma

Sant' Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona, Rome

Sant’ Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona, Rome

 

In the Ancient City, Easter comes to life through classical concerts across open palaces, churches and amphitheaters. On Good Friday, hear the remarkable Passion According to St. John by Bach at the Auditorium Parco della Musica for the story of Christ’s death and resurrection sung by various soloists. Step into the Palazzo Pamphili on Piazza Navona for the Tosca Opera Recital: The Great Beauty Experience With Dinner to enjoy a private tour, aperitif, dinner and famous arias from Verdi, Rossini, Bellini and Puccini’s Tosca. Celebrate Easter with the Baroque concert series “Sounds and Visions of Caravaggio” in the stunning  Doria Pamphilj Palace and tour through one of the most renowned Ancient Art Galleries in Rome. On Easter Sunday, experience the powerful Fifth Symphony of Beethoven performed by the Symphony Orchestra ‘Opera in Rome’ in the St. Paul Within the Walls Church full of magnificent mosaics.

 
Credits:Under the dome, in the Cathedral of Berlin. Image by Fosie (cc)

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