Choral sounds waft from Kalamata to Grado
10th anniversary edition of “Isola del Sole” started in Italy
It’s Grado now! After some amazing days at the International Choir Competition & Festival Kalamata in Greece, we will directly continue to sing with 15 choirs from 12 nations in Italy at “Isola del Sole – Concorso Corale Internazionale”.
While choirs in Kalamata were cheering about their results from the competition, participating choirs in Grado met for the first time and paraded through the narrow streets of Grado and then came together in the city’s Congress Center for the Opening Ceremony of the event, which marks its 10th edition already.
In his Opening Speech the Artistic Director of the event, Giovanni Acciai, took a proud look back at the past 10 editions of “Isola del Sole – Concorso Corale Internazionale”:
“In ten editions as many as 240 choirs from 46 nations and a total of 7,500 people came to Grado. We are proud and happy to have contributed to making the town of Grado known all over the world, increasing its attractiveness even more, making it a reference point in the international choral scene.
The Opening Concert showcased impressively the international character the event has been known for in its last 10 editions: Choirs from Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Mexico, Malaysia and Sweden, entered the stage to delight the audience with music from their home countries.
Pieces like Ewa Bule (arr. by Amirul Abdul Hamid), Uti vår hage (arr. by Hugo Alfvén), Un rayito de sol (by Guty Cardenas), Summertram (by Franz Koringer), or Žal (by Josef Suk) took the audience on a musical world trip – a kind of concert and a feeling that had been missed to much by everyone for the last 2 years!
The international jury consisting of Dr. Katalin Kiss (Hungary), Mario Lanaro (Italy), and André van der Merwe (South Africa) has already starting to work with choirs in Evaluation Performances and Individual Coachings and will also commence today to evaluate all competition performance of the coming days.
On Wednesday, September 28, the best choirs from the competitions will compete once more for the Grand Prize Isola del Sole 2022 - endowed with 1.500 €.
Stay tuned by following us on Facebook and Instagram for more picture, videos and impressions from Grado. The competition results will be published on our website after the Awards Ceremony on the evening of September 24.