Stella Maris
Foundation

Spirit and Goal of the Foundation

Stella Maris Foundation is a cultural foundation which promotes innovative music projects with an interdisciplinary approach and a spiritual basis. The foundation
was inspired by and started in the French city Chartres with its Gothic cathedral “Notre-Dame-de-Chartres”.

The cultural project Stella Maris of the composer Helge Burggrabe, designated as a homage to the cathedral, is the origin and eponym of the foundation. The Latin term Stella Maris (Star of the Seas) has been established since the Middle Ages as a poetic image for Mary: may she be a “guiding star in the voyages of life”. Transferred to modern times, the foundation would like to contribute to the development of sustainable and shining guidelines in a spiritual and cultural environment.
How can mankind be provided with long-term and profound orientation?
Human roots develop a central meaning in a time which requires global thinking; but is directed one-sidedly by economic belief in progress aiming only for partial and short-term advantage and profit.

Can connecting thoughts be reflected so deeply that a clear vision of community develops? Historic prime-ages can serve as an example and motivation. The period during which cathedrals erupted was such a groundbreaking period. Beginning in France in the 12th century, a movement took off across Europe and within a few decades formed community and brought spiritual, economical, and political improvement. During this period – intellectual, religious, and artistic preconditions were met as well as the political and financial requirements. All of these circumstances aimed for a common goal.

At that point, the time was ready for building big cathedrals – and what of today? The founders of Stella Maris Foundation are convinced that now is the time to spread the world of ideas contained in such a special way in Chartres. For this social impulse the foundation would like to create modern parameters with regards to content and structure.

The creation Stella Maris as the “Chartes Oratorio”

is the center of this effort.
Through this work of art, the ideas of Chartres are to be brought to a broad audience in Europe and possibly to the world. In doing so, the Oratorio shall be realized and performed by local musicians and choirs. The idea is not to tour a fixed ensemble but rather to reach a deeper process at the location of each performance. This involvement of many persons and institutions during the preparation of the performance will enable an early examination of the Oratorio with the ideas of Chartres behind it.
In addition, there will be a public writing contest advertised in cooperation with literary or church institutions and conveyed by the media. Thus at each location, a new version of a fictive diary of Mary’s experience will evolve in a contemporary modern language. This diary will be part of the Stella Maris performance. Ultimately, the goal of the foundation’s activities is a spiritual stimulation that reaches people through music, language, and pictures. Mankind shall be motivated to consciously work with the infinite possibilities of renewing the world we live in.

projects

STELLA MARIS: 14.1.2017 – Zürich (CH), Fraumünster
Concert with Julia Jentsch, Alexandra Busch, Alexander Gropper, Jörg Ulrich Busch, Heidi Merz, Jochen Bauer, Konzertchor des Musik Konservatoriums Zürich (Conductor: Wolfgang Schady), Vokalensemble Dom zu Speyer, Alexander Lauterwasser, Michael Suhr, Dirigent: Markus Melchiori, Beginning: 5 p.m.; Info & Ticketing: www.fraumuenster.ch, Trailer: www.youtube.com

STELLA MARIS: 15.1.2017 – Zürich (CH), Fraumünster
Concert with Julia Jentsch, Alexandra Busch, Alexander Gropper, Jörg Ulrich Busch, Heidi Merz, Jochen Bauer, Konzertchor des Musik Konservatoriums Zürich (Conductor: Wolfgang Schady), Vokalensemble Dom zu Speyer, Alexander Lauterwasser, Michael Suhr, Conductor: Markus Melchiori, Beginning: 5 p.m.; Info & Ticketing: www.fraumuenster.ch, Trailer: www.youtube.com

Members

PATRON
Chanoine Dominique Aubert
(Recteur de l’Insigne Basilique Cathédrale de Chartres)

FOUNDING MEMBERS
Dr. Charlotte von Koerber (President)
Freiherr Marian von Gravenreuth (Vice President)
Dr. Michael W. Müller
Friedrich Wendlinger

FURTHER MEMBERS
Felizitas Schuler-Lagier
Dr. Jean-François Lagier
Prof. Dr. mult. Eckhard Nagel
Matthias Lauterbach and Reinhold Bretall
(managing directors of the trustee, musica innova e.V.)

Contact & Information

CONTACT Foundation
Dr. Charlotte von Koerber (President)
Morgensonne 1, CH 8741 Feldbach,
koerber@stellamarisfoundation.com

CONTACT Concert Management
Kulturbüro Burggrabe
Zum Dieker Ort 17a, D 28870 Fischerhude
+49 (0) 4293-3275062, helge@burggrabe.de
www.oratorium-stellamaris.com

SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION
For detailed information please contact
Margret Schenk
Schellingstr. 8, D 30625 Hannover,
schenk@stellamarisfoundation.com

DONATIONS TO THE STELLA MARIS FOUNDATION
IBAN: DE10 2505 0180 0910 0910 72
BIC/Swift Code: SPKHDE2H
The Stella Maris Founation is recognized by the tax office as a non-profit organization and is able to issue donation receipts.