International Gala Concert at the Chorfest Watzenborn-Steinberg
"The "singing city" Pohlheim anticipates a special musical event with international and national guests. During the Chorfest Watzenborn-Steinberg which is going to be held from June 17-19, 2016, choral lovers can look forward to three days full of top class performances. The festival will take place on the occasion of the anniversaries of the Hessian choirs "Harmonie" and "Sängerkranz", which can look back together on 250 years of choral history.
Right at the beginning on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. renowned choirs from 10.000 kilometers far Mexico and the European neighboring countries, the Czech Republic and Hungary, are expected at the international Opening Concert. With the assistance of Günter Titsch, choral friend from Pohlheim and president of INTERKULTUR, the choirs could be engaged for a Gala Concert in the "Hans-Weiß-Saal" of the Volkshalle Watzenborn-Steinberg.
The fact that a choir from Central America,"Staccato Coro Universitario" from the capital Mexico City will come to Pohlheim is very special, said the organizers INTERKULTUR around Gent Lazri and the anniversary choirs. Founded only ten years ago by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and its conductor Marco Antonio Ugalde, the choir was one of the Grand Prix Winners in Poland, 2013. The choir was touring around the globe, amongst others to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Spain. Tomorrow the Mexican singers will start their tour through Europe under the title »Concierto de Gala – Gira Europe 2016«.
After concerts in Baden-Baden, Hamburg and Frankfurt on the Main the singers will be on stage in the cultural town Pohlheim. Besides choral pieces of the young Mexican composer Diana Syrse they will perform the unique “Magnificat” of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, not forgetting Mexican and South American sounds, which are expected by the audience. Additionally choral lovers can look forward to a workshop on Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m., in which the chamber choir will teach their Latin American awareness of life.
During the Opening Gala of the Chorfest in the Volkshalle also the young singers of “Aurin Girl’s Choir”, conducted by Laszlo Duranyik from Kecskemét, Hungary, and the professional Male ensemble “Gentlemen Singers” from the Czech Republic will provide a hearing pleasure by classical, folklore and popular choral music to the audience.
As of now the concert tickets are available at the Hotel “Goldener Stern” as well as the restaurants “Ludwigshöhe” and “Krone” in Watzenborn-Steinberg, costs are 15€. For interested people in Gießen: tickets are available at the office of “Gießener Allgemeinen Zeitung”. The tickets at the box office cost 18 Euro." (rge)
This article was published on May 13, 2016 in the "Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung".