The last music performance of this semester was given by the AUBG Choir in the auditorium of Main Building last Friday, November 30. Conducted by Professor Hristo Krotev, the event concluded the current semester, evaluating individual progress of students as well as their joint performances.
The two-hour concert was opened by the Applied Voice class’ students who performed
classical pieces, known as bel canto. One by one the participants went on the stage getting ready to start their solos and duets under the accompaniment of either Hristo Krotev or his wife Nikolina.
Maybe because of the extended length of the first part, subconscious or conscious anticipation of the Choir’s appearance, the concert did not beat the expectations from the very beginning. And though the number of lively compositions did not lack cheerful motifs and charismatic presentations, a certain melancholic mood could be sensed in the air. However, as the singers proceeded with the concert and the individual parties gave place to the Choir, the repertoire of standard classical works was complemented by the chants and chamber compositions along with few jazz and pop songs.
In overall the Choir presented 5 compositions highlighting the concert and leading it to the logical and positive conclusion:
- Soon It Will Be Done
- Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love
- Zimnyaya Doroga (The Winter Road) lyrics written by Pushkin
- Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
Even though the choristers looked confident and professional, it was interesting to learn that the singers were worrying: “Well, we were nervous, for sure, especially the members who joined our Choir this semester,” states Aida Kentassova, who performed both individually and with the Choir. “Obviously, it’s a huge responsibility because if you get confused and sing the wrong tone, then everyone from your voice section will follow you, then the sound is spoiled, and it’s extremely hard to find the right tone after all. But everything went well, and I hope the audience enjoyed it a lot,” continued Kentassova.
And the audience did enjoy the performance this time as it has been doing for almost 20 years since the day of the Choir’s emergence in 1993. “I think that the main driving power of the concert lies in our conductor Hristo Krotev, who devotes his whole being to the favorite preoccupation, that makes us work harder and is eventually conveyed to the audience,” revealed the secret one of the choristers Jibek Nurdin Kyz.
The AUBG choir spent three days in Germany during a special visit to Viva Voce Choir. During the three-day trip the choir had two concerts in Munich and Augsburg.
For “Pater Noster – spiritual a capella choir music from East and West” AUBG choir performed its repertoire of Orthodox music while Viva Voce sang Catholic songs.
A special piece was written for this event by Russian composer Anatoliy Kisselev who visited AUBG last year during the 7th edition of the International Meeting of Student Choirs.
Reportedly, the piece was learned individually by both choirs and rehearsed just a day before the concerts took place.
Also during the concerts Viva voice performed “Vater Unser” a similar prayer but from a different composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.
For some members of the choir such as Aida Kentassova, a student from Kazakhstan, this was their first visit to Germany. “It was great to visit this country and not just like a tourist,” she said ”the choir is a great opportunity [to] not only show your talents but also learn something new. Also it’s a great experience to explore other cultures, traditions, and languages.”
The concerts were organized by AUBG professor Hristo Krotev and Viva Voce choir’s conductor Margarita McCarthy.Read more...
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