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!