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International Choral Festival

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Jul 26, 2019
The Original Stage at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 14, 2018.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

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In July we aired live music from the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, and the International Choral Festival in Missoula. Broadcasting live from remote locations is a big undertaking, so we need to know if you're listening and if these live broadcasts are important to you.

 

The Batavia Madrigal Singers from Indonesia perform at Out To Lunch in Missoula, July 17, 2019.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Tune in to MTPR to listen to performances from the 2019 International Choral Festival, happening this week in Missoula. Nearly a dozen choirs from around the world are participating in the festival which promotes artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship and goodwill through choral music.

Listen on MTPR:

Cuban choir Cantores de Cienfuegos sings during a live performance on Montana Public Radio Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Did you enjoy  the Cantores de Cienfuegos Cuban choir at Missoula's 2016 International Choral Festival this summer? Want to hear more from them? Yvonne Gritzner helped bring the choir to Montana, and she has the details on a "Cuban Encore" benefit to help fund the travel costs for bringing this extraordinary group to Montana.

2016 International Choral Festival Highlights

Jul 25, 2016
People enjoying a performance at the 2016 Internation Choral Festival in Missoula.
Mike Albans

The 2016 Choral Festival is over, but you can still enjoy music from around the world performed at this year's festivities.

This program includes interviews with singers and conductors from the Choir of East Mikeladze Central Music School, Republic of Georgia; The Ellerhein Girls' Choir, Estonia; Heartland Youth Choir, Des Moines, Iowa; and Cantores de Cienfuegos, Cuba.

Enjoy!

Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys' Choir
Josh Burnham

Listen to a performance from the Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys' Choir of Hong Kong, recorded on July 15, 2016 at the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Mikeladze Central Music School Choir in Missoula for the International Choral Festival.
Mike Albans

Pictures from the International Choral Festival of Missoula, going on through the weekend.

If you can't make it to the festival, tune in to MTPR Friday at 2:00 p.m. for a live broadcast of choirs from Hong Kong and Costa Rica.

The Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys’ Choir sings during Out to Lunch in Missoula, July 13, 2016.
Mike Albans

"One of the choir members we [hosted] had said that they would never, ever allow anyone to say anything against the United States of America after coming to this."

That’s Karen Somerset, talking about the International Choral Festival, a four-day celebration of singing and culture that happens in Missoula every three years. This is Festival week and Karen and her husband, Ray, are hosting people from Poland.

Put a little Cuban flavor into your day. Watch Cantores de Cienfuegos sing "Beautiful and Spicy" in a live performance on Montana Public Radio. Or listen to their entire studio session. They're in Missoula along with dozens of other choirs for the International Choral Festival that begins today.

Every three years for nearly three decades, the International Choral Festival has presented singers from around the world in concert in Missoula, Montana. The 2016 festival runs Wednesday through Saturday, July 13 - 16. Tune in to Montana Public Radio for specials and live performances throughout the week.

Not Your Mother's Choral Music

Oct 28, 2013

Far removed from common notions about choral music are the choirs that participated in Missoula’s 2013 International Choral Festival. They came from Australia, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Canada, Lawrence, Kansas, China, Switzerland, New Jersey, Poland, Taiwan, California, Estonia, and Costa Rica to sing in packed auditoriums and in city parks for four days in July.

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