Speech synthesis of the international choir of 400 singers completed the International Festival of Choral Music dedicated to George Teratsuyants
The festival included a competition for the best performance of composers of the Nordic countries and Karelia. The winners of the contest are Chamber Choir “Clari Cantus” (Belgium) and the Academic Choir of Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University.
The International Festival of Choral Music dedicated to George Teratsuyants ended in Petrozavodsk with a gala concert involving teams from different cities of Russia and countries of the world. The festival, which began on February combined 19 choirs of Karelia, Russia and Europe in memory of the famous choirmaster.
During the festival, various venues of the city hosted performances of 15 choirs with a total of 400 participants from Petrozavodsk, regions of the republic, Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vologda, and the quartet of Stockholm Cathedral and the combined ensemble “CHOIR”, consisting of musicians from Germany, Poland, Belgium and Spain. All of them took part in a gala concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic on the stage of the Musical Theatre of Karelia.
Professor of the Landes Academy of Baden-Württemberg Klaus Brecht said: "For nearly 20 years the choir of Petrozavodsk has been coming to us for the summer festival in the German city of Ochsenhausen. But we only have a total of 150 participants, and teams cannot come in full. The participation of the Academic Choir of PetrSU enriched the program of our festival. We felt we should return the favor came to Petrozavodsk. I am pleased that during these days we have been able to make this international happen. We would like to be here for the next festivals."
The conductor of the Academic Choir of Petrozavodsk State University, the festival organizer Nikolai Matashin is convinced that Karelia can be proud of the composition and the number of participants: "This year we have the maximum number of participants of all three festivals, about 500 people. This has probably been the largest number of choirs so far: 15 choirs this year. "
Head of Choral Conducting, the choir director of Petrozavodsk State Conservatory Evgeny Guriev said: "We try not to miss a single event, especially because it’s rare for so many choirs to get together. This year the festival has gained strength, taking into account all previous experience. The festival is a result of gigantic efforts of the entire team of PetrSU. The team preparing the festival have great organizational skills, excellent taste and musical knowledge. Petrozavodsk State University having such an event is great. It seems to me that it’s only on the basis of your esteemed educational institution that such an event could take place. I am happy that it happened. "
"We come here because of the great friendship between the choirs. We come to show off ourselves, to look at the others, to take part in master classes. It’s particularly interesting with guests and judges from abroad", said artistic director and conductor of the Nizhny Novgorod University, a repeated winner of the World Choir Games Larissa Erykalova.
Almost all participants of the festival have met long before. For example, Dina Filatova came as part of the Academic Choir of the Electrotechnical Institute (LETI), St. Petersburg, having sung in the Academic choir of PetrSU while studying in Petrozavodsk. "There were very complex emotions. On the one hand, the incredible excitement of the Academic Choir of PetrSU being on stage. There are a huge number of beautiful people that I love very much. And it is strange to feel part of everything around: those I performed with before, and the team in which I sing now."
The Head of the Quartet of Stockholm Cathedral Mikael Valdenbu said: "Meeting people from different countries, meeting people who speak different languages is particularly nice. I would like to express my gratitude for the excellent organization of the festival. Everything is wonderful, I feel accepted. A lot of attention is given to each participant of the festival. It was interesting to watch the performances of choirs, different styles and languages of the pieces performed. We had an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences. We have presented pieces written for four voices and piano. Such works are few but they are delicious and are not like anything else in the world of music."
"The festival was great! A lot of feedback from participants. Now it is difficult to express it in words... A lot of music sounding in my head, and incredible emotions! Concerts went on for a record number of hours (4 hours), but appreciative audience stood this choir marathon! The programs were rich and diverse, complex and incredibly easy to grasp at the same time, indicating that proper preparation of the choral groups and a high level of the festival. We have tried to make it special and give attention to each participant of the festival, make friends all together. After the lengthy concerts all participants attended events in an informal setting. Members of PetrSU choir offered guests a real Russian feast – a hot maslenitsa with pancakes, games, dances and songs around the campfire and a magical evening with “A-Jazz” ensemble. The final gala concert of the festival gathered a full house of the Musical Theatre that barely fit all the participants on the stage with a symphony orchestra. These 4 days passed in a single vortex, leaving an incredible emotion, warm and kind feelings of solidarity of all the participants of the festival. Our foreign guests were left pleased with the warm welcome and the dream of returning again. The organizing committee of the festival thanks the authorities of the Petrozavodsk State University and the Student Union for their support in carrying out this incredible event!" said director of the Academic Choir of Petrozavodsk State University, vice chairman of the organizing committee of the festival Elena Yolyna.
At a meeting with participants of the festival PetrSU A. Voronin said: "For us, this festival is not an ordinary event. This is one of our pride. We are proud of our creative team. We understand that in order for them to become even better teams, we need to provide them with creative communication with colleagues from other cities and countries. We try to provide teams of PetrSU with rather serious touring. After George Teratsuyants passed away, we began to think about how to preserve memory of him. This is how the idea of this festival came about. We hope that with each new festival the number of participants will keep growing."
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