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The 1st International Choir Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago Puccini starts tomorrow

For the first time the Italian city Torre del Lago Puccini becomes the meeting place for choirs from all over the world. From September 30 – October 3 INTERKULTUR invites its audience to the 1st International Choir Festival Puccini and to a journey to the global world of choral music: 14 choirs from 11 different nations, including Croatia, Indonesia, Iceland, Latvia and China, will give proof of their choral skills and make the picturesque town in the Tuscan Versilia sound.

The festival takes place under the patronage of the Tuscany Choral Association and the City of Viareggio.  Tomorrow, September 30 at 18h the 1st International Choir Festival Puccini will be officially opened in the Auditorium "Enrico Caruso" in Torre del Lago Puccini. In this Opening Concert, selected international choirs will give a foretaste of the following days full of choral music.

On October 1 and 2 numerous competitions take place in the Auditorium "Enrico Caruso" as well as in the church "San Paolino" in Viareggio. The choirs will compete in the categories Sacred Choral Music, Folklore, Mixed-, Children’s-, Youth- and Female Choirs in order to become category winner. In the evenings, you and all choral lovers are invited to listen to the choirs at Friendship Concerts in the Auditorium "Enrico Caruso", during which the singers present a variety of choral music from around the world.

One highlight of the festival is a Singing Together, which will take place on October 1 at 12:15h, immediately after the Sacred Music Competition. Under the direction of Romāns Vanags choirs will hit the trail of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini and perform his "Requiem" in the church "San Paolino" (Viareggio). The big choir will be accompanied by an organist and a violist.

In the presence of Fernando Catacchini, the president of the Tuscany Choral Association, the festival will end on Saturday, October 3 with an official Closing Ceremony in the Auditorium "Enrico Caruso". The Ceremony will start at 17h with the Grand Prize Competition, during which the best choirs will compete once more for the Trophy "Torre del Lago Puccini 2015"; afterwards the Award Ceremony will the event to a close.

All concerts and competitions are free of charge. So you are welcome to listen to choral music from 11 nations.

We are looking forward to the start of the 1st International Choir Festival Puccini and will report in the NEWSROOM and on Facebook every day about the Festival. Stay tuned!

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