News from the World Youth Choir Session 2017

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Get ready for the summer session!

The summer session and tour of the World Youth Choir in 2017 will be organized in Pécs, Hungary by the Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd, the cultural holding of the City that hosted the successful EUROPA CANTAT festival in 1988 and 2015. After 10 days of intensive rehearsals in Pécs that also includes two pre-official concerts in Osijek (HR) and Sombor (Serbia) the World Youth Choir will start its tour of 10 concerts with two internationally renowned conductors, on the 13th of July at the Kodály Centre in Pécs, Hungary to be followed by concerts in Hungary (Budapest), Serbia (Novi Sad, Belgrade), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, Prijedor), Croatia (Zagreb, Opatija) and in Slovenia (Koper, Ljubljana). In the framework of the „Artist for Peace” theme there shall be strong emphasis on reconciliation among different ethnic groups and religions.

This year the choir will comprise of 58 singers from 33 countries all over the world and shall perform a repertoire of two different musical genres. Zoltán Pad from Hungary will conduct classical and contemporary pieces, folk arrangements and church music (Mendelssohn, Forte, Orbán, Kodály, Tajcevic), with a number of songs selected from the tour countries. Ken Wakia from Kenya will conduct African folk tunes, African-American spirituals, and contemporary world music (music by Shawn Kirchner, Jake Runestad, Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt, Allen Koepke, Stacey V. Gibbs, Leonard Cohen and Evan Powers).

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