From Bach to Mendelssohn to contemporary Cristian Carrara with a new composition in first performance. This is the fascinating program of the concert Cantate e mottetti sacri, performed by the Coro del Friuli Venezia Giulia directed by Ernest Hoetzl, with the flute soloist of Boris Bizjak, on Saturday 26 June (9.15 pm) in the ancient Abbey of Pomposa in Codigoro.

The concert opens with three Bach motets, pages of endless purity and intimacy. Inspired by the Paradise is O Somma Luce for a cappella choir and flute by Cristian Carrara, a first performance piece that tries to reflect on Mary as Guide and Mother, on the theme of hospitality, of confidentiality, of the ability to keep in silence and that draws inspiration from studies related to the writing of Byzantine icons that, in some way, the Friulian composer tries to pour into the music. The program closes with three wonderful compositions that once again reveal that there is no counterpoint that Mendelssohn does not know how to dissolve into a caressing melody that stands out above the braids.

The Coro del Friuli Venezia Giulia, active since 2001 for over 300 concerts, feeds on great repertoires: Baroque, Classic and Romantic are in their vocal chords, together with the collaboration with great Jazz artists and with the myths of Pop.

If Ernest Hoetzl were to be defined with only one line – one line or half – the most appropriate expression would be: “the ambassador of Austrian music in the world”.

The soloist of the evening will be the Slovenian flutist Boris Bizjak. Winner of numerous competitions, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Japan, China and the United States of America.