International Festival of Choral Art
“THE SINGING WORLD”
August, 2 — 7, 2019, St.Petersburg, Russia
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GREETINGS TO GUESTS AND PARTICIPANTS OF THE FESTIVAL
I welcome the participants, guests and organizers of the 17th International Festival of Choral Art «The Singing World»!
This successful landmark creative project every year becomes a vivid confirmation of the genuine interest in choral music both of St. Petersburgers and the guests of our city. The “Singing World” festival traditionally brings together professional and amateur groups from around the world, creating a unique festive atmosphere. This year more than forty groups and vocal ensembles from the regions of Russia, cities of Eastern and Western Europe, and countries of Asia and the Middle East took part in the forum.
It is impossible to overestimate the contribution of the festival to the development of cultural ties and strengthening of fruitful international cooperation.
I am sure that “The Singing World — 2019” will achieve a high professional level and will be a bright event in a rich palette of cultural events in the Northern capital.
I wish all participants of the festival good luck, inspiration and successful performances, and the audience — inspiring discoveries and unforgettable meetings!
Chairman of the St. Petersburg Committee for Culture
I cordially welcome the guests and participants of the 17th International Festival of Choral art «The Singing World»!
I am and have always been convinced that choral singing is the most important part of social life! It is the chorus that unites the people, gives them spiritual uplifting and feeling of brotherly accord. It is in the choir that a person feels that he is not alone, that all people are brothers!
In the most dramatic episodes of the development of the people, nation, human culture, Chorus is always and unconditionally in the first place!
Our festival brings together a record number of participants this year.
The people are eager to see our unique city, the people want to communicate and make friends, play music together and enjoy life!
Welcome to the cultural capital of Russia!
Welcome to St. Petersburg!
I wish all the participants brilliant performances and creative inspiration!
I wish all the guests unforgettable and vivid impressions!
People’s Artist of Russia, Laureate of the St. Petersburg Government Prize, composer Ya.I. Dubravin
Dear lovers of choral singing!
On behalf of the management of the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky — Korsakov State Conservatory, the country’s oldest music college, I am glad to welcome the organizers, guests and participants of the next 17th International «Singing World» Festival of Choral Art!
Over the years of its existence, the festival has become one of the brightest cultural events in the city on the Neva and one of the most significant events of each St. Petersburg summer.
The festival steadily follows its main idea — to unite amateur and professional choral singers from different countries of the world, singing music of all styles and trends in different languages, showcasing the culture and traditions of their countries and peoples in the 6 days of the forum.
I sincerely wish great success to the festival, inspiration to the participants of the competition and pleasure to the audience and guests of the event!
Rector of St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Honored Artist of Russia, Professor
Dear fans of choral singing!
It is remarkable that in St. Petersburg in 2003, in the year of its 300th anniversary, another cultural tradition emerged and successfully develops: the International Festival of Choral Art «Singing World», which this year will be held for the 17th time and will gather a record number of participants!
However, the festival will be competitive in part. The International «Singing World» Contest of Choirs and Vocal Ensembles within the festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary. For 10 years it has borne the name of our outstanding contemporary, Petersburg composer Yuri Falik, whose enormous contribution to the development of the national choral movement is confirmed by the continual performance of numerous choral compositions by the Master in Russia and abroad.
As before, a special concert of the festival dedicated to the choral music of Petersburg composers will be the hallmark of this choral forum. A large number of participants in this concert only highlights the widespread demand for choral music by composers of the city on the Neva. And it is wonderful!
I wish everyone involved in the festival good luck and success, creative joy and feeling of inspiration from the contact with the lofty art of singing, which, breaking the boundaries, unites and uplifts us, making us stronger and more perfect!
Chairman of the Union of Composers of St. Petersburg Artistic Director of the International Festival «Petersburg Music Spring» Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Winner of the St. Petersburg Government Prize, Professor
I am glad to welcome the participants and guests of the 17th International Festival of Choral Art «Singing World» and, of course, all those who this year expressed their desire to take part in the 15th Anniversary International Yuri Falik «Singing World» competition of choirs and vocal ensembles!
Our festival is truly a grand cultural event, held annually in the Northern capital and arousing tremendous interest, both among amateurs and professionals of choral art. And it is no surprise – after all, St. Petersburg with its inimitable architecture, numerous palaces and temples, rivers and canals and its unique inhabitants has always attracted connoisseurs of the beautiful.
This year, for the 15th time in a row. I was entrusted with heading the jury of the competition bearing the name of my friend, a brilliant composer, Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory Yuri Falik, who stood at the origins of this competition and festival. Moreover, the record number of its participants this year speaks of a growing interest in choral art and culture in general.
I sincerely wish the participants of the contest creative burning, bright original performances, good luck and, as always, let the strongest win!
Chairman of the Jury Head of the Department of Choral Conducting of St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Artistic director of the Students’ Choir of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, People’s Artist of Russia, Professor