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"Praise to the Lord, all nations" - Baroque Vesper
11.10.2008 - 11.10.2008 19.00 h - 20.00 h
Catholic Pilgrimage Church St. Kilian - Oberelsbach
Concerts/Church Services


On October 11, 2008 the Valentin-Rathgeber-Society Oberelsbach e.V. celebrates a festive Baroque Vesper in the Catholic Pilgrimage Church St. Kilian Oberelsbach at 7 pm. The Vespera solemnis Opus II/2 of P. Valentin Rathgeber (1682-1750) takes centre stage and is performed by a project ensemble. Everybody will get a warm welcome.

The vesper will be performed like the usual custom at Rathgeber's time i.e. all five psalms are played. The original series of texts and songs will be observed as well. Again the sacred music of Rathgeber will be placed in its proper context, namely in the church service. Thus, it was refrained to perform it in a concert.

After the vesper the new symposium volume "I. Internationales Rathgeber-Symposium - Rathgeber in context" could be purchased in the Valentin-Rathgeber-House. It contains all contributions of the symposium held on June 3, 2007 and even more articles. Moreover, the Valentin-Rathgeber-Society Oberelsbach e.V. honours its honorary member Prof. Dr. Franz Krautwurst by this symposium volume in regard of his 85th birthday.

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Catholic Pilgrimage Church St. KilianMap
Catholic Pilgrimage Church St. Kilian   -   Website
Rathgeberstrasse 2
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After the destruction of the old church due to a double thunder stroke new basements were dug in 1764. In the following year one began to build a new late Rococo-style church under the aegis of the architects Johann Michael und Georg Schmitt of Koenigshofen. The stucco on the ceiling of the nave dates from the time of the construction of the church.

In 1774 the main altar and both sidealtars have been manufactured by the Oberelsbach born carpeter Hans Valentin Katzenberger and the sculptor Caspar Hippeli from Bad Neustadt. The new main altar is a wide structure that consumes the whole choir wall. It consists of six columns and four figures in between, namely St Martin, St Ambrose, St. Augustine and St. Nicolas from left to right. Above sit enthroned the trinity and angels.

In 1775 one erected both sidealtars. In 1786 Johann Peter Herrlein painted the new altar tableau with the martyrdom of the Frankonian apostles. Most probably he also painted the fresco on the ceiling "Glorification of the Holy Frankonian Apostles in Heaven" shortly before. The classicistic pulpit dates from the same time. Already in the 80ies the church had an organ. 

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