The Cathedral Chapter of Aachen is inviting to attend the Karlsfest (annual celebration in remembrance of Carlemagne) on Sunday, January 31st. The day commences with a festival service in Aachen Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Dr. Franz Lackner from Salzburg starting at 10 a.m. The Pontifical Mass will be musically arranged by the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, the Aachen Cathedral Chorus and vocal soloists. Franz Schubert’s “Messe B-Dur” and Franz Nekes’”veritas mea” are going to be performed, led by the Director of Music of Aachen Cathedral, Berthold Botzet. The organ will be played by Cathedral organist Prof. Dr. Michael Hoppe. Also attending is the “Charlemagne marksmen’s guild”, by tradition celebrating her patronal festival on the day of the “Karlsfest”. Similar to last year the Cathedral Chapter is going to bring the Bust of Charlemagne from the Cathedral Treasury into the Cathedral. Archbishop Dr. Franz Lackner’s entry into the Golden Book of the city of Aachen follows upon completion of the service in the town hall. A colourful medieval “hustle and bustle” for the Karlsfest celebrations is going to be held in the town hall from 11 a.m. on. The festivities conclude with a festive organ recital in Aachen Cathedral, starting at 5 p.m. The performance by Cathedral organist Prof. Dr. Michael Hoppe on the occasion of “The Holy Year of Mercy” includes works by Bach, Franck, Dupre, Litaize etc. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
The “Karlsfest” is celebrated in remembrance of Charlemagne on the occasion of his death on January 28th of 814. The annual celebration is held on the Sunday closest to Charlemagne’s date of death.