Choirs attuned to the festival
Opening Concert in the Covey Center for the Arts, Provo
In the course of the Opening Concert of the festival Sing'n'Joy Provo 2016 yesterday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo/Utah, choirs presented a varied concert program with choral pieces from all over the world.
After warmly welcoming speeches of the artistic directors of the festival, Rosalind Hall (USA) and Fred Sjöberg (Sweden), the local choir "Brigham Young University singers" conducted by Andrew Crane opened the festival stage. After that the children of the "Salt Lake Children's Choir" enchanted the audience with American, Brazilian and German arrangements. Also the "Cantorum Chamber Choir" (USA), the "Female Alumnae Choir of Tallinn University of Technology" (Estonia) and der "BYU Concert Choir" (USA) gave a perfect first taste of what the choirs and residents of Provo can expect in the coming festival days.
Amongst the highlights of the Opening Concert were the "Singing Together" sessions between the choral performances, initiated by the international jury. Under the conduction of Maria Guinand (Venezuela) all singers began to sing the Brazilian dancing song "Verde Mar de Navegar". The atmosphere in the concert hall was great and everyone joined in the big choir. Thereafter, Ronald Staheli (USA) and Jan Schumacher (Germany) conducted the choral pieces "Homeward Bound" and "Istanbul Karlap". The choirs received the music scores already before the festival so they were already prepared for the "Singing Together".
The Main hall of the "Covey Center for the Arts" offered an impressive concert hall with a great acoustic to the choirs and the audience. Located in the heart of Provo, concerts of all kinds as well as dramatic plays, ballet and multimedia shows are going to be held throughout the year.
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