Kerkyraiki Kantada Mantolinata (Greece) © INTERKULTUR

A choral weekend in Verona

Singing, Learning, Sightseeing

Last weekend Verona (Italy) marked the prelude to the On Stage event series 2017, attracting roughly 100 participants. Kerkyraiki Kantada Mantolinata from Greece and SEV Polyphonic Children Choir (Turkey) had travelled to the city of Romeo and Juliet and met the Italian choirs Coro maschile La Stele and Insieme Corale Ecclesia Nova.

On Friday the official program of On Stage in Verona began with a guided city tour including singing and dancing performances in different spots of the city. The sunny weather in Verona made the singing tour really nice and the singers enjoyed it very much. The Greek choir, for instance, was walking through the city in their national costumes, which was an attraction for the citizens and tourists in Verona.

Later that day the workshop with Mr. Matteo Valbusa, one of the most passionate orchestra conductors, choirmasters and professors of his generation, took place in the Auditorium under the Santuario della Madonna di Lourdes, a very beautiful spot on the hill, from where you could see the city of Verona. The participants were introduced to the musical tradition of the Veneto region and worked on Italian choir literature.

The final concert on Saturday evening took place in the church Santa Maria della Scala, located in the center of Verona, just in the parallel street of Juliet’s house. During the concert the choirs performed their repertoires, 20 minutes each and in the end they performed an Italian piece all together: “Signore delle cime”, a popular Italian prayer song written by Giuseppe de Marzi. All participants were really excited about their final performances, they enjoyed the atmosphere and they were proud that they were able to sing along the common piece in Italian.

Sounds like an experience nice to have? All upcoming On Stage events in some of Europe’s most beautiful cities can be found here. Registration for those starting in fall 2017 is still possible!