International voices perform at the festival opening
Six choirs present a varied concert program
We have not over-promised, is it right? Yesterday’s gala concert with its colorful concert program consisting of folklore, classical and popular music has more than inspired a lot of visitors in the Kongress & TheaterHaus. Six choirs presented the best side of them and were rewarded with strong applause.
The performance of the Latvian Children’s Choir "Nošu planētas" was interesting not only for the ears but also for the eyes. Dressed in beautiful traditional robes and wearing flowery headdress they sand a medley of Latvian folklore songs. As soon as one part of the medley was over the choir changed its formation. And in order to make this transformation more mysterious, the children imitated sounds of nature and animals with whistling and hissing sounds. Really magical! With their second piece „Starpbrīdis“ by Ieva Marta Graudiņa the choir presented itself in a different way. The children came back on stage wearing everyday clothes and showed a scene from day-to-day life at school.
A joint performance of the children’s choir and the men’s choir from Estonia was a really beautiful sight. Two generations united on stage – that’s the reason, what makes singing together worthy. They sang a setting to music of a poem by the famous Estonian poet Juhan Liiv as well as a piece, which dealt with the marriage of a young couple. The voices of both choirs harmonized perfectly with one another.
Following the gala concert the singers of the Choir of the TU Wien spontaneously intoned for a little extra concert in the lobby of the Kongress & TheaterHaus. The audience gathered around the choir and was delighted by the encore, a mash-up of pop songs.
All in all the evening was a great success and we are looking forward to listen to the choirs once again during the festival. Watch the video record to get an hearing impression.
This evening you will have the chance to listen to choirs from Germany, Slovenia, Italy and Sweden at the 2nd Gala Concert "Jubilate Deo" at 8:30 p.m. in the Stadtpfarre St. Nikolaus.