Cultural exchange Sound Choir – Cantica Nova Choir – This initiative between the two choirs began this spring with a first switch of conductors. Thus, late March, Maestro Voicu Popescu, conductor of SOUND Choir, traveled to Italy and worked with Cantica Nova Choir, in Milazzo, for a whole week. Their efforts resulted in a local extraordinary concert held on April 3rd, 2011. In his turn, Italian Maestro Francesco Saverio Messina, conductor of Cantica Nova Choir, arrived to Bucharest at the end of May and rehearsed with Sound Choir for a long week as well, and then, performed an amazing concert together in front of the public on May 14th, 2011. This cultural exchange project evolved to the next level and SOUND Choir was invited to travel to Italy and hold two Christmas carols concerts this December – on December 28th, in Milazzo at “Teatro TRIFILETTI” and on December 29th in Enna.
Romanian music was heard in Germany and Switzerland during December 16-20, 2011. Ambassadors of our national foklor and traditions will be Radio Children’s Choir. conducted byVoicu Popescu and pianist Camelia Chitibea. The two concerts will take place on December 17th Decembrie, at Twinkling Star Market Wiesbaden (Germany) and on December 19th at Engelsstimmen din Lucerna (Switzerland). This project was supported by SOUND Cultural Foundation and Romanian Clutural Institute, Cantemir Program.
Old and New Carols – As winter holidays approach, we gladly invite you to hear Romanian and international traditional carols on December the 14th, at Students’ Culture House in Bucharest.
Subcarpați featuring Sound Choir, Limun and Charlie Dundeen – On December 1st, Subcarpaţi celebrated Romanian style, accompanied by their guests, at Atelierul de Producţie.
SOUND Choir – Männerstimmen Basel, Switzerland – Romanian choral compositions have filled the oldest concrete church in the world. Concert took place in St. Anthony Church in Basel, Switzerland, on November 13th, 2011. The two choirs shared the same stage and the repertoire included Swiss, Romanian and international compositions. SOUND Choir’s main purpose for implementing this experience exchange is to reveal Romanian choral compositions to a public otherwise not acquainted with it, capitalize our mobile national and cultural patrimony, promote, and expose our Romanian choral culture to the international market. This project was financially supported by our hosts the Männerstimmen Basel choir and Tractebel Engineering S.A. company.
ONG Fest – Bucharest, September 9-11th – ONG Fest – a festival attended by more than 150 Non-governmental organizations. Sound Choir was present there as participant and performer at this event.
“Noaptea de Sânziene în livada de la Minovici” – “A Midsummer Night in the Minovici Orchard”, June 23rd, – a wonderful cultural event taking place in a very relaxing environment where all arts met and blended together in an extraordinary mix.
“II International Krakow Choir Festival” – June 15-19, Krakow, Poland – our participation at this festival brought us Ist Prize in ‘Popular, Folk, Gospel and Barbershop Music’ category and IInd Prize in ‘Mixed Choirs Adults’. In this adventure, we were sponsored by “Romanian Ministry of National Cultural Heritage” .
“INNOVATIO SOUND – same choir, different conductor Francesco Saverio Messina” – May 4th – this project was an experience exchange between SOUND Choir, Bucharest, Romania, and CANTICA NOVA Choir, Milazzo, Italy. Our beloved Voicu Popescu held a concert conducting Cantica Nova choir in Milazzo and Francesco Saverio Messina conducted SOUND choir in a wonderful concert in Bucharest. The repertoire included Romanian, international and Sicilian compositions.
“Earth Hour” – March 26th – together with Sistem and Zoli Toth, we held a 100% unplugged recital.
“All that Love” – February, 19th – Concert dedicated to Romanian choral love songs.
“Christmas Concert with Sound and Romanian Radio Children’s Choirs’” – on December the 16th, 2010, Voicu Popescu conducted both choirs.
“Romanian Radio Children’s Choirs -celebrating 65 years” – anniversary concert celebrating Radio Children’s Choirs’ continuous activity (14th of November 2010); guests SOUND choir – conductor Voicu Popescu, Madrigal Choir – conductor Marin Constantin, Preludiu Choir – conductor Voicu Enachescu and Academic Radio Choir – conductor Dan Mihai Goia.
Ohrid Choir Festival, Macedonia (26 – 30 August, 2010) – SOUND Choir won the Grand Prix competing with more than 35 choirs from 16 countries. In this adventure, SOUND Choir received the great support of Romanian Cultural Institute – Cantemir Programme and the Students Cultural House in Bucharest . We thank these two institutions for their confidence in us.
“Asamblaje II – Praguri” (Asamblaje II – Thresholds) – experimental workshop based on the «asamblaj» concept, which this year harmonized our jazz choral music, with a DJ’s sound effects and a flute improvisation on top (July 16th-18th, 2010).
“Descult in iarba” (Bearfoot in the grass) – open air concert for people looking for a place to cool off on a hot busy and noisy day. (June 2010)
“TEN YEARS AFTER – SOUND & Valentin Radu” – conductor and pianist Valentin Radu tried to bring to Buchrest the Broadway influences and conducted and accompanied SOUND Choir while singing works like “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Memory”, “Go Go Go Joseph”, “Steppin’ out with my baby”. (31st May, 2010)
“De suflet si de bucurie” – a short recital of religious and folklore compositions honouring the Bucharest Village Museum’s long activity of 74 years (May 2010).
“SOUND de 10!” (An A SOUND) on May 10th, Sound Choir held a concert comprising varied works – Romanian folklore compositions such as Cimpoiereasa and Alte variatiuni pe tema Chindiei , gospels signed by Jack Halloran, Witness , entertainment compositions Prende la vela, de Lucho Bermudez, and When I’m 64 arranged by Ioan Luchian Mihalea.
“Chamber Music National Festival ‘Florin Comisel’, Plopeni 2010″ – on Europe’s Day, the city of Plopeni organized the 6th edition of this Festival (May 8th, 2010).
‘Floriile cu bucurie’ (Joyful Palm Sunday) – religious concert at Romanian Village Museum (March 2010).
‘Parfum de ghiocei …’ (Snow Drops) DRAGOBETELE – Romanian traditional day celebrating love on February 24th each year.
“I believe in Santa Clause! – Bucharest Cultural Projects Center within the Bucharest municipality Centrul de Proiecte Culturale (ARCUB) organized this event to celebrate the greatest winter celebration with Christmas carols sung by SOUND Choir (December 2009).
“Pioneers Salute” – theme concert dedicated to the 20 years that passed since the 1989 events in Romania. The repertoir comprised some of the most representative works of that time: ”Tot inainte!’ , ‘Am cravata mea’, ‘Scumpa tara, Romania’, E rosie cravata mea ca focul’, ‘Soimii patriei’ , ‘O mie de flori’, ‘Multumim din inima partidului’ etc. (December 20, 2009)