Published in Viva
The Mixed Choir Viva Brežice was established by Simona Rožman Strnad in the fall of 1992. Into this new choral circle she invited her musical friends from the local area and since the very beginning of their artistic creations they brought a breath of fresh air into an already rich choral tradition of the Posavje region.
The continuous improvement of the choir’s quality in the past 25 years has been proved at numerous competitions. Their first performance at an international competition in 1996 in Riva del Garda, Italy, was followed by competitions in Lithuania (Klaipeda, 2005), Greece (Preveza, 2007), Italy (Rimini 2009), Thailand (Pattaya, 2013) and Spain (Cantonigròs, Vic, 2016). Highlight achievements are the gold medal and the best choir award from the competition in Klaipeda, the gold medal from Preveza, 3 gold diplomas with more than 96 points, 1st place in the category of mixed choirs and the 2nd place in the jazz-gospel-spiritual category from Pattaya, and the 4th place in the category of mixed choirs with the special price of the competition from Vic.
Beside the competitions abroad, the choir has participated at the Slovenian national competition Naša pesem in Maribor eight times and has received a silver medal seven times.
Because of their quality the Mixed Choir Viva Brežice has been invited to attend several national and international projects. The more prominent are the collaboration at the VII. European days of musical youth in Switzerland (Bern, Luzern), a concert with an Italian baroque orchestra Barrocco di Bologna and several performances of Carl Orf’s Carmina Burana also in Potsdam, Germany. The most distinctive of all the projects is definitely the participation at the musical spectacle of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major – The Symphony of the Thousands, which was conducted by the distinguished Valerij Gergijev.
The Mixed Choir Viva Brežice has marked the last six years with several innovative projects of their own. These projects have brought a new approach to the making of the choral music in Slovenia. The most notable being a concert where they performed The Symphony of Everything Flows - a choral instrumental work in 4 acts composed by four renowned Slovenian composers (Makor, Predanič, Bec, Močnik), based on the texts of famous Slovenian poets. The composition was written especially for the choir and it marked 25 years of its existence.
The choir has released five CDs and has dedicated much attention to the engagement and the performance of fresh musical pieces and arrangements for the choir by eminent Slovenian composers (Mojca Prus, Damijan Močnik, Ambrož Čopi, Vladimir Hrovat, … ), as well as young composers and students of composition (Matjaž Predanič, Tine Bec, Uršula Jašovec, …).
The Mixed Choir Viva Brežice is not just a choir. It is also a synonym for socializing, celebrating, creativity, innovativeness, and especially a love of singing, which has been keeping this choir alive for more than 25 years.