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VOICES & WINE Alba 2020
Where singing meets enjoyment
A special amount of me-time, getting away from the daily routine and enjoying a place of rich local traditions, delights and pleasure: This is what the Voices & Wine choral events are all about.
Indulge yourself 5 days full of great food and wine tasting along with distinguished conductors, new music and a joint choral celebration. Experience unique moments of conviviality with your choir that will resonate for a long time.
The Italian city of Alba is known all around the world for local delights like wines, truffles and hazelnuts… Barolo, the White Truffle of Alba and a world famous chocolate spread are just a few examples of its fine local products.
During your stay in Alba you will visit and sing at churches, wine cellars and places of the Italian "Risorgimento" and meet an interested audience thanks to the cooperation with our local partner, the Alba Music Festival.
Registration deadline: November 18, 2019
For the participation in this event the payment of the registration fee (per choir) as well as the event package (per person) is required. The prices of the event packages and the participant fee can be downloaded below or requested using our contact form.
The registration fee for the Voices & Wine Alba is 200 EUR per choir.
With the event package INTERKULTUR offers participants of its events a special service.
We take care of all the details and through authorized agencies of the INTERKULTUR event series we offer an event package that includes, amongst others, accommodation in different hotel categories as well as other local services.
Here you will soon find information about the event package and the participant fee. Please send us a request and we will send you the prices by email as soon as they are available.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
- Welcoming Dinner and Concert with Open Singing
Thursday, April 16, 2020
- Morning: Singing tour in Alba
- Afternoon: Workshop with our guest conductor on a special repertoire selected especially for Voices & Wine
Friday, April 17, 2020
- Morning: Visit and singing at local wine sites where the secrets of two of the most famous Italian wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, are handed down from father to son
- Afternoon: Visit and singing at the local wine sites where Roero delle Lange and Arneis turn into the delicious miracles we enjoy today
- Evening: Visit and concert at the Grinzane Castle International Center for Piedmont’s wines and truffles
Saturday, April 18, 2020
- Morning: Visit and singing at local wine sites
- Afternoon: Rehearsal for the Final Concert
- Evening: Final Concert in Alba with local choirs and Farewell Dinner with all the participants
Sunday, April 19, 2020
- Optional: Singing in a mass in Alba or in the surroundings
Subject to change!
During the 4 days of Voices & Wine there will be time to sing together under the direction of our guest conductor who will be always with the choirs. In particular there will be a workshop on Thursday afternoon focusing on a particular selection of pieces made exclusively for the Voices & Wine series. We are going to give you a collection of songs that will accompany you in these days and beyond.
Willi Becker is an experienced chorus and orchestra conductor whose wide knowledge and experience as lecturer and juror has been greatly appreciated by festivals and competitions all over Germany and beyond.
Holder of a scholarship from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Willi Becker studied from 1970 - 1974 at the University of Mainz. From 1977 to 1981 he studied school music and music sciences at the University of Koblenz. He was the director of the State Youth Choir (1985-1995) and the State Music Academy (1995 to 1999) of Rhineland-Palatinate. From 1999 to 2016 Willi Becker was music coordinator in the "Kultursommer" of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
He drew much of the inspiration for his choral work from the master classes he attended, among others with Eric Ericson, Robert Sund (S), Robert Shaw (USA), Bob Chilcott (GB), Simon Helthey (GB) Frieder Bernius, Volker Hempfling and Wolfgang Schäfer (D).
Willi Becker has enjoyed many successes with his choirs at national and international choral competitions, such as winning the first prize at the 4th German Choral Competition in Fulda. He was also artistic director of the Europa Cantat Music Commission 2006.
Mr. Becker and his ensembles have had several concert tours through Europe, Russia, the USA, Japan and South America. CD's, records, radio and television productions document his extensive choral and concert activities.
in cooperation with
Alba Music Festival
A once-powerful city-state – its centre sported more than 100 towers – Alba is considered the capital of the Langhe and has big-city confidence and energy while retaining all the grace and warmth of a small rural town. Alba's considerable gastronomic reputation comes courtesy of its white truffles, dark chocolate and wine. Its annual autumn truffle fair draws huge crowds and the odd truffle-mad celebrity [...]. The vendemmia (grape harvest) remains refreshingly local and low key, if ecstatic in its own way.