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Concert Let me embrace you

For over 25 years Viva has been successfully co-creating content in the Posavje Region’s cultural area and we have achieved visible results in many competitions at home (in the last Cantonigros 2016 competition in Vic, Catalonia, Spain). This year we have once again prepared a solemn annual thematicall concert for our loyal domestic audience, who has been supporting us on our singing path for so many years.

This time we wanted to pay tribute the European Year of Cultural Heritage, so on October 6th presented a fascinating story in the Knights Hall of the Posavje Museum Brežice, called Let me embrace you - it's actually a verse from one of the selected folk songs, which were the common thread of this year's concert. The evening was celebrating a rich tradition of Slovenian folk music, which has a special place in many hearts. Using an innovative combination of simple traditional folk songs and contemporary interpretation, we tried to immerse our audience into a musical show, taking place in an idyllic rural environment of Slovenian history. Completely full Knight’s Hall has witnessed the presentation of Slovenian heritage, awakening memories of national cultural roots, supported by a love story that went on in front of the audience.

The concert featured two novelties. The first one, Igraj kolo na dva desetina, was composed by the young and already in Slovenian choral sphere already well-established composer Tina Bec, with whom Viva always gladly rejoins. The second one is an adaptation of Prekmurje region folk song Zrejlo je zito, composed by our choir member, the young musician and a freshman at The Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Kristof Strnad.

In the stage performance Maruša Ferenčak in Krištof Strnad took the leading roles of the young couple. The story was supported by Kaja Rožman in Veronica Strnad with violin inserts and dance choreography.
Ana Spiler, the president of Choir Viva, expressed grattitude to all of the visitors and sponsors for following and supporting Viva’s activities in her closing speech.
Lara Ostrbenk

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Everything Flows - Viva's 25 years

In Mixed Choir Viva, we pay great attention to the implementation of new compositions and arrangements from renowned Slovene composers. The symphony of Everything Flows, which we performed at our 25th anniversary on Sunday, September 17 2017, in the Knight’s Hall of the Posavje Museum Brežice, was created in cooperation with four renowned composers. Damijan Močnik, Andrej Makor, Tine Bec in Matjaž Predanič have written choral instrumental work for Viva in which their four compositions are interweaved. The author's compositions are based on literary texts by Slovenian poets (Kovič, Novy, Kuntner and Strniša), the theme is related to the choir’s moto Vivat, crescat, floreat - Let it live, frow and blossom!

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Hola! Viva's Catalan adventure

Mixed choir Viva Brežice attended the 34th international music festival Cantonigròs in the town Vic in Catalonia, Spain. Our journey lasted for a week, from Wednesday, July 14th to Wednesday, July 20th 2016.

The festival attracted many choral and dance groups from Europe, Asia and America. It has got a well established tradition and is profoundly integrated into the town's life. This year there was a mandatory composition for the mixed choirs to perform in the competition: Ave Maria by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), one of the most important composers of his time.

Viva competed in two different categories, mixed choir category on friday morning and folk song category on saturday morning. Along with the two competing appearences Viva also did two evening performances on Friday and Saturday, along with an unexpected Sunday koncert in extraordinary city cathedral, painted with gold and squid ink. Our audience was able to hear different types of programe and we hopefuly presented our love to the music not only to the joury, but also to a broader audience.

There were 19 music groups competing altogether, 13 of them were also in the mixed choir category. Our choir has wan the 4th place with a special festival award. We are really proud of our achievement. It represents another piece in Viva's colorful competing mosaic.

Viva, of course, also loves enjoy itself. That's why we extended our Catalan adventure and enriched it with some sightseeing in Barcelona. We were tasting Catalan food and were going about a bit to recharge our batteries and get some creative energy for Viva's future challenges. We are planning to show you some of the music impressions that were inspired by our trip on our traditional annual concert in Brežice Castle on October 22nd 2016.

See you soon!

Your Viva

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Naša pesem 2016 competition: Silver award

Dear friends of choral singing and our faithful listeners, we have just heard about the results of 24th Slovenian choral competition Naša pesem Maribor 2016. Our choir Viva reached 85.7 points and won the Silver award of the city Maribor! We are very pleased with our performance and the achievement.

We were competing with the following selection of songs:

  • Vulc: Cantate Domino (video available below)
  • Quaggiato: V Šmihelu no kajžico mam
  • Da Victoria: Ave Maria
  • Becker: Bleibe Abend will es werden

In two days of the competition 92 different compositions - 22 of Slovenian and 30 of foreign composers - were presented to the audience. Among them 7 novelties and 2 first performances and 6 songs of Slovenian Composers were performed. There were 25 Slovenian choirs and small singing groups in competition.

On this occasion Viva was singing in brand new uniforms, in which we will comfortably take our future challenges.

Vivat, crescat, floreat! :)

Photo: Janez Erzen, JSKD

Video: JSKD

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Viva's 22nd annual concert

On Saturday, October 17th 2015 at 19:30 Viva held its 22nd annual concert, addressed "Slovenian Song Without Borders". We have decided that this year the concert would be performed only once, without repetition, as we have done in the past few seasons.

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