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May

31

News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music

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NEWS FROM THE 11TH WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON CHORAL MUSIC

BARCELONA, 22 – 29 JULY 2017

The Barcelona Symposium is almost here! The colors of peace and the sounds of the best of choral worldwide community will find its place in the unforgettable stages of a city full of life. From the wonderful acoustics of L’Auditori to the astonishing beauty of the Palau de la Música Catalana, participants will never forget what they will experience.  Don’t risk missing this incredible experience!

Discover four more choirs that will participate at the “Circle Concerts” of the WSCM11:

GRUPO VOCAL AEQUALIS – Argentina

Founded in 1998 by its conductor Mariana González Lanuza, the Grupo Vocal Aequalis is a chamber choir committed to the performance of Argentine and international choral music. In recent years, it has focused on the choral music of contemporary composers, such as Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen, Cyrillus Kreek, Rihards Dubra and Ēriks Ešenvalds, and has been directed by prestigious conductors […]

May

31

2017 China (Qiandongnan) International Folk Song Choral Festival and IFCM World Voices Conference

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KAILI CITY, 8-13 August 2017

On 14 May 2017, a successful press conference was held in Shanghai promoting the upcoming 2017 China (Qiandongnan) International Folk Song Choral Festival and IFCM World Voices Conference. During the press conference, music professionals and news/media outlets from China and abroad were able to experience the rich culture of the Miao and Dong people. Through a special live performance of their songs and dance, attendees observed the passion they have for song and dance and their role in daily life. Miao and Dong people have colourful costuming that is native to each village and tribe; these costumes are rich in colour and are hand-embroidered to show each village’s colours. Known for their silver hand-made jewellery, Miao and Dong people wear astonishing headpieces, pins, necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories all crafted in, that make their costumes dazzle for the audience.

During this festival, as delegates learn about the […]

May

31

International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau, 25 August 2017

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The International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau is a tribute to the trajectory of this famous Venezuelan composer, arranger and conductor who will turn 80 in November 2017. The main objective of this competition is to promote the creation of choral music, to encourage the growth, renewal and diffusion of repertoire written in Spanish for mixed and equal voices in the 21st century. The International jury is composed by Robert Sund (Sweden), Javier Busto (Spain), Zimfira Poloz (Kazakhstan-Canada), César Alejandro Carrillo (Venezuela), Ana María Raga (Venezuela). The competition is endorsed by the European Choral Association — Europa Cantat, in strategic partnership with the Europa Cantat XX Festival to be held in Tallinn, Estonia (25 July- 5 August 2018).

More info at info@ciccag.org or on  www.ciccag.org/en/

May

31

America Cantat 9

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Panama, 12-21 April 2019

A 10 day program with singers, directors and choirs from all over the world for the 1st time on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Panama, 2019 Ibero American Cultural Capital of the World in celebration of its 500 year foundation anniversary.

More info at info@america-cantat9.org

May

31

News from the European Choral Association — Europa Cantat (ECA-EC)

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Singing “outside the box” to meet new audiences, the project awarded by the Creative Europe programme

How can collective singing get out of conventional choral venues and reach out to new audiences? How can collective singing appeal to younger generations? What aspects of the rehearsal process, of the repertoire, of the performance could be upgraded to better answer the expectations of millennials and of the following generation?
“Sing Outside The Box” will test innovative audience development methods during two sessions of the Eurochoir and different ateliers and concerts at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Tallinn and disseminate these methods to multipliers.
The Eurochoir is a European choir gathering up to 60 talented emerging singers. Its sessions are held once a year in a different country. A 2 years cycle was set up, under the supervision of acclaimed conductors: Maria van Nieukerken (NL), Lorenzo Donati (IT)  and Mikko Sidoroff (FI).
After the sessions 2017 (Utrecht) and 2018 (Helsinki), the choir […]

May

31

1000 Voci per Ricominciare: An Extraordinary Example of Solidarity from the Choral World

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“1000 voci per ricominciare” (1000 voices to start again) is the name of the project born from the idea of some Italian choristers to give a concrete help to the people that suffered the effects of the earthquake in central Italy last year.

The project is a network of concerts around Italy, but not restricted to the Italian borders, dedicated to fundraising for the reconstruction of the theatre of Amatrice (Rieti Province).

The mutual goal is that every single Euro collected in each performance will go to the areas hit by the earthquake, with due regard to transparency.

Until now more than 300 concerts were planned with more to come. More details on http://www.1000vocixricominciare.it/

Let’s be inspired by this example of choral connection: if you want to organize you own fundraising concerts, please contact info@1000vocixricominciare.it

May

31

Documenting 21C

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Documenting 21C, a French non-profit organization, makes short films highlighting projects that foster the transformation of societies and people as a result of musical practice and innovative artistic processes, contributing to a more participatory and collaborative vision of the world.

‘’In southern Madagascar, in Toliara, a choir allows 150 young girls living in extreme poverty to regain the joy of life through choral singing. This practice of music transforms their life, but also that of an unexpected audience, of inmates…’’

More info at contact@documenting21c.com

‘’Un chœur qui sauve des vies’’: http://documenting21c.com/#video_choeur_sauve

‘’A Choir That Saves Lives’’: http://documenting21c.com/?lang=en#video_choeur_sauve

‘’Un coro que salva vidas’’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zc8xfcBEgo

May

26

RIP Prof. Waldo Aránguiz

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The international choral world is sad about the loss of Prof. Waldo Aránguiz at the age of 90. His reputation as composer, conductor and choral leader has spread far beyond the borders of Chile. He was very active on the international choral scene and a faithful supporter of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). In 1982, he organized the Chilean delegation that came to Namur, Belgium, for the creation of IFCM and was appointed to the Board of Directors to represent one of the IFCM Founding Members at that time, the Asociación Interamericana de Directores de Coros (AIDC). He remained on the IFCM Board until 1998 and IFCM advisor until 2008.  He was also a faithful participant and lecturer of IFCM symposia.

Despite his numerous activities, Prof. Aránguiz still found the time to help as a volunteer author and translator of the IFCM International Choral Bulletin (ICB).

In 1996, he took […]

Apr

28

Register to the WSCM11! Barcelona, 22-29 July 2017

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Register here!

As the Mediterranean summer gets closer, Barcelona is taking care of the last details to welcome the plurality of our choral worldwide community and host the colors of peace. We will enjoy more than 60 concerts, over 70 lectures and presentations, 4 master classes, and a Choral Expo with leading publishers. Participants from more than 40 countries across the world are already registered and you won’t want to miss a Symposium that promises to be unforgettable!

Here are four more choirs that will participate at the “Circle Concerts” of the WSCM11:

ELLERHEIN GIRLS’ CHOIR – Estonia 

Since 2012 Ingrid Kõrvits has been the chief conductor. Over the past decade, various choral festivals and competitions have led the choir to 12 different countries around the world and the choir has won numerous awards, including Grand Prix in three of them. In 2004, Ellerhein in collaboration with Paavo Järvi received a Grammy award (for best […]