Kreuzkirche Dresden - Church of the Holy Cross
Church of the Holy CrossThe Dresden Kreuzkirche, located on Altmarkt square, is the Evangelical-Lutheran main church and seat of the regional bishop of the Free State of Saxony. Seating over 3,000, it is the largest church building in Saxony. It is also home of the Dresden Kreuzchor boys' choir and the Kreuzorganisten (organists), making it a center of church music in Dresden.
Kreuzchor Vespers and other Vespers
Since 1371, these Vespers have been held at Dresden Kreuzkirche every Saturday at 5 p.m. Their special apeal to churchgoers from near and far has been documented during all the hundreds of years. Even today, the weekly Vespers are attended by several thousands of listeners. Together with famous soloists and orchestras as well as renowned guest ensembles, the choir performs a repertoire including, among others, elaborate cantatas and top-quality a cappella music.
The Dresden Kreuzchor is one of the world's oldest boys' choirs. For over 800 years already, the Dresden Kreuzkirche has been the choir’s home; where it regularly sings in Vespers, church services and concerts. The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatskapelle Dresden are major artistic partners. Sacred music forms the core of the repertoire, expressing the Christian-humanistic character of the choir. Today, the Kreuzchor has about 125 members (called "Kruzianer") between the ages of 9 and 19. Alongside regular schooling, crucians attend individual singing and instrumental lessons. Intensive rehearsal and the magic of the ephemeral sound of a boy’s voice lay the foundations for the choir’s worldwide fame and reputation.
The great Jehmlich Organ at the Kreuzkirche has 80 stops distributed over four manuals and pedal, and more than 6,300 pipes. It is the biggest instrument in Dresden, the capital city of the Free State of Saxony. With the so-called liegende Orgel (lying-down organ), the Kreuzkirche boasts an almost unique accompanying instrument on the chancel.
Contact:Ev.-Luth. Kreuzkirchgemeinde - Konzertkasse
An der Kreuzkirche 6
Tel.: 0351 4393939