Gospelchor Thalwil: ‘Rock My Soul’

One of the greatest happenings in our church in Thalwil is the yearly performance of our local Gospelchoir. The choir consists of 30 singers, accompanied by a band consisting of Felix Bachmann (leader, dobro and banjo), Heidi Bachmann (bass), Andrea Vontobel (flute) and Hanspeter «Bibi» Honegger (drums), as well as choir member Sibylle Häfliger (violin).

On February 2, 2020, they performed their latest program ‘Rock my soul’. A mix of gospel classics and more modern songs (‘Sailing’!), choir songs and duets. This year’s performance was even more special, since, Felix Bachmann, the leader of the choir, announced his retirement. The choir thanked him by performing the Abba classic ‘Thank you for the music’.

Fortunately his successor is already know, so I am looking forward to another great performance next year!


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Get on Board with the Gospelchor Thalwil

Last Sunday the Gospelchor Thalwil, conducted by Felix Bachmann, delivered a fantastic performance of their ‘Get On Board’ program in the Reformed Church of Thalwil. They gave the audience a wonderful evening, with no less than 18 gospel songs (excluding the encores!).

Thank you Gospelchor Thalwil and the Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Thalwil for giving us such a wonderful evening.

If you missed it, there is another opportunity to attend “Get on Board” on Sunday February 3, 2019 in Altendorf/SZ, in the Pfarrkirche St. Michael, at 17:00hrs.


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Equipment: Nikon D750 | Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 | Nikkor 20-35 mm 2.8


 

Tribute to Martin Luther King in Thalwil (CH)

Today it is Martin Luther King Day. Yesterday evening I had the pleasure to attend ‘I have a dream – Hommage an Martin Luther King’ in the Kirchgemeindehaus Thalwil. A beautiful performance by Vera Bauer (Text & Design), Christina Jaccard (Vocals), Dave Ruosch (Piano) and Steve Grant (Drums). The performers really managed to bring Martin Luther King, his family and the era of the civil rights movements, to life.

Thank you Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Thalwil and Jazzclub Thalwil for this wonderful co-production!

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Encore!


Equipment: Nikon D750 – Tamron 28-75


 

 

Ensemble Points Cardinaux in Thalwil

I am very grateful for the fact that the Reformed Church of Thalwil regularly organizes concerts. Last Sunday a concert was given by the Ensemble Points Cardinaux. The members of the Points Cardinaux ensemble think that German composer Georg Philip Telemann is underrated compared to his contemporaries J.S. Bach and G.F. Händel. For this reason, they decided to develop a special program ‘A Magdeburger in Paris’. A program which did not only feature work of Telemann but also of Francois Couperin and Jean-Martin Hotteterre.

It was a beautiful concert, the audience was so enthusiastic that the asked for (and got) and encore. Thank you Stephanie Haensler (violin), Denise Fischer Baumann (flute), Alex Jellici (viola da gamba) and Matthias Lanz (harpsichord) for giving the audience such a beautiful evening. Thank you Reformierte Kirche Thalwil for organizing this.Point Cardinaux TMP-1Point Cardinaux TMP-2Point Cardinaux TMP-3Point Cardinaux TMP-4Point Cardinaux TMP-5Point Cardinaux TMP-6Point Cardinaux TMP-7Point Cardinaux TMP-8Point Cardinaux TMP-9Point Cardinaux TMP-10Point Cardinaux TMP-11Point Cardinaux TMP-12Point Cardinaux TMP-13Point Cardinaux TMP-14Point Cardinaux TMP-15Point Cardinaux TMP-16Point Cardinaux TMP-17Point Cardinaux TMP-18


All pictures taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100


 

Another Great Performance of the KOTH!

Sunday March 12, 2017, I had the privilege to attend another concert of our very own Kammerorchester Thalwil (Thalwil Chamber Orchestra). It was a wonderful concert, during which the orchestra, conducted by Maya Wenger (a source of energy and inspiration), played the following pieces:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Les petits riens KV 299b
  • Sergej Rachmaninov – Vocalise op. 34 No. 14
  • Joseph Haydn – Concert for French Horn and strings Hob VII:3 and Hob VII:4
  • Bela Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances
  • Felix Mendelsohn – For He shall give His angels

Matthias Kofmehl, the soloist of the evening, wonderfully played the French Horn during the concert of Joseph Haydn.


All pictures taken with my Olympus OMD-E-M10 with the standard 14-42 mm kit lens. Pictures were post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.

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Räbeliechtliumzug Thalwil – Turnip walk Thalwil

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Every year Swiss children in the German speaking part of Switzerland welcome the winter in the first half of November with a traditional Räbeliechtliumzug. General assumption is that the origins of this tradition can be traced back to the early 1920s. The reason turnips were chosen seems to be due to the fact that they are amongst the last vegetables that are harvested during the year.

The traditional Räbeliechtliumzug also takes place in the village of Thalwil where I live. The children carve out their turnips at school or at home. On the night of the parade they light candles in them and walk with their classes through Thalwil. It is a great event with a very nice atmosphere. It starts and ends at the Chilbiplatz where a brassband is playing and food and drinks are being sold.


All pictures are taken with an Olympus OMD-EM10 camera in combination with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 35mm f/1.8 fixed lens. It was pitch dark, so the lightning conditions were far from ideal for micro four third sensors. The pictures were taken without flash, mostly with 6400 iso (hence the noise level) in RAW and post-processed in Adobe Lightroom. 


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