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Sing'n'Joy Provo

INTERKULTUR begins its 2016 festival year

International choirs sing in concert with BYU choirs in Provo/Salt Lake City

From March 16-20, 2016 singers will gather in Provo Utah in order to sing together at Sing'n'Joy Provo - The American International Choral Festival. This choral festival, organized by INTERKULTUR represents the kick-off event for the 2016 festival season and includes numerous exceptional choirs. Altogether 16 choirs and one orchestra from Estonia and the host country USA will make the city of Provo resound.

In addition to the competition which will take place from March 17-19, 2016 at the Covey Center for the Arts, Sing'n'Joy Provo features numerous concerts by the participating choirs.

During the Opening Concert on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., the choirs will perform for the first time at the "Covey Center for the Arts" and officially announce the beginning of the four-day festival with choral music from all over the world. In addition to three festival choirs, two local choirs from the renowned Brigham Young University choral program, the "BYU Singers" and the "BYU Concert Choir,” will welcome the international audience in Provo.

The international jury – consisting of Maria Guinand from Venezuela, Ronald Staheli from the USA and Jan Schumacher from Germany – will introduce themselves during the Opening Concert and invite singers to a communal Singing Together. The choirs will perform three pieces, offering a program of rhythmic and melodic variety, including Far Eastern sounds.

On March 17th and 18th, all participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops, titled "European Sounds of Romanticism" and "Latin American Rhythms and Dances", led by the international choral experts Jan Schumacher and Maria Guinand.

Panorama above Provo Campus Mountains of Provo

One of the highlights of the week will be the Closing Concert of the Sing'n'Joy Festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the de Jong Concert Hall. Under the direction of artistic directors, Rosalind Hall and Fred Sjöberg, the festival choir – consisting of approximately 500 singers, accompanied by the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra – will present a varied concert program with music by Leonard Bernstein, Antonín Dvořák, and Ēriks Ešenvalds.

Two Friendship Concerts on March 17th and 19th will give intercultural choirs an opportunity to sing together once again.

To conclude their stay in Utah, participants will visit Salt Lake City on Sunday, March 20th, 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 INTERKULTUR team is looking forward to a great festival Sing'n'Joy Provo with enthusiastic choral singers. Live reports from Provo can be found at the Facebook-Fanpage. Follow us!

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