An artistic highlight at the Closing Concert
600 singers performed as Sing'n'Joy festival choir
The "De Jong Concert Hall" of the Brigham Young University was very well attended to the Closing Concert yesterday. The singers, 600 in this case, were spread throughout the audience area, because the stage was not able to handle the big number of singers. Together with the BYO Philharmonic Orchestra the first song of the evening was sung: “Fanfare of the Common Man” by Aaron Copland. Amazing! The power and the quality of all voices were stunning that the goosebumps came promptly. Right from the beginning everyone was impressed.
Under the direction of Fred Sjöberg, Andrew Crane and Kory Katseanes the program was continued with Antonín Dvořák’s "Te Deum op. 103" as well as with a medley of the West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. As the hymn "My Song" by Ēriks Ešenvalds was sung, memories were evoked for of the singers and the INTERKULTUR team. Ešenvalds composed the hymn for the World Choir Games 2014 in Riga, Latvia and since then the hymn belongs to the musical highlights of many INTERKULTUR festivals.
As everyone hoped that the goosebumps would slowly go away after the concert program, an encore followed. For this Fred Sjöberg motived to audience, including also many choirs of the festival, to sing together the wellknown "Battle Hymn of the Republic". It was a great experience for all participants! Here you can enjoy the encore once again.
Both artistic directors Rosalind Hall and Fred Sjöberg emphasized that the cooperation between INTERKULTUR and the Brigham Young University was an absolute success. The festival was musically expanded by the BYU choirs.
We are delighted about many unforgettable moments, which we experienced together with the singers. At the same time we hope, that you will indulge in these memories for a long time.
To conclude their stay in Utah, participants will visit Salt Lake City today and witness the live TV broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word" at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The Estonian choir "Female Alumnae Choir of Tallinn University of Technology" will have the great honor to share the stage with the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The show will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. The website of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir offers choral music lovers from all over the world the chance to stream the broadcast and be present in Salt Lake City live.Back