Opening Concert in the Mariendom Linz © INTERKULTUR

„Te Deum“ resounds in the Mariendom Linz

Opening of the 7th Int. Anton Bruckner Choir Competition & Festival

Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival

The Mariendom in Linz was filled to capacity and beyond yesterday evening, when the Opening Concert of the 7th International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival begann. Along with many other honorary guests also the Member of the Upper Austrian Parliament, on behalf of the Provincial President Thomas Stelzer, Dr. Elisabeth Manhal was there and welcomed the international participating choirs personally to Linz.

In the first part of the Opening Concert four participating choirs went on stage to give a first impression of their singing skills and make everybody looking forward to the upcoming days: Choir Annino DUC Viktoria from Russia, Sakarya University Polyphonic Choir from Turkey, Norrlands Nations Kammarkör from Sweden, and Vox Chamber Choir from South Africa.

Their performances were followed by the highlight of the evening, a performance of Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum, directed by Domkapellmeister Josef Habringer. The Domchor Linz, the Collegium Vocale Linz, the Brucknerchor Linz and the Orchester der Dommusik inspired the audience in the Mariendom.

The city of Linz hosts the International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition & Festival for the 7th time already. Having further been the first-ever host of the World Choir Games in the year 2000, its wonderful architecture and breathtaking nature around the Danube River has established as a meeting point for choirs from all over the world since then. This was also emphasized by INTERKULTUR’s Artistic Director Johan Rooze in his welcome speech: “It is no wonder that these surroundings brought some of the best-known composers and music to the world, be inspired and use this wonderful atmosphere when you sing during the festival.”

In this manner he encouraged the 11 participating choirs from 11 nations, who will start to compete in the competitions of different categories. The Grand Prize Competition of the best choirs for the “Anton Bruckner Choir Prize” and the following Award Ceremony will happen in the Brucknerhaus on Saturday, June 22, starting at 19:30 h.

More Updates from the event in Linz including photos and videos can be found on our Facebook and instagram channels. Take a look into the official program book for more information about the schedule.