„Full House“ in Zwickau’s “New World”
Choirs and audience rock the Opening of the 8th Robert Schumann Choir Competition
Zwickau’s time-honoured concert house and ballroom „Neue Welt“ (New World) transformed into the setting of a jolly international choral summit when the traditional Opening Ceremony kick-started the International Robert Schumann Choir Competition 2018 on Wednesday evening.
The Vladimir Boys And Young Men‘s Choir from Russia started on the right note and welcomed the packed audience and fellow singers from 11 nations to the 8th edition of the choral event celebrating the works and life of the German composer Robert Schumann. After a welcome by the Director of the Robert Schumann House, Dr. Thomas Synofzik the iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir from the USA gave another musical treat for the attendees. The INTERKULTUR representative and former Lord Mayor of Zwickau, Rainer Eichhorn, continued with the greeting and impressed the choirs by welcoming each of them in their national language.
The next choirs to wow the audience were Sirene from Turkey and the Rundfunk-Jugendchor Wernigerode from Germany, who especially thrilled the public with their strong-voiced 75 singers on stage, and who gave the listeners a further insight what to look forward to during the following days.
Nico Nebe, juror and member of the Artistic Committee, conducted the last piece of music, which concluded the first day of the event: Robert Schumann’s “Beim Abschied Zu Singen” was performed by all participating choirs who supported each other and thus created a great atmosphere during the first event day. The jurors loved the concert hall and its foyer also served afterwards as an impromptu stage, when the German choir Chorona e.V. Buseck made emotions run high with "Circle of Life”.
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