Thursday, June 21, 2018

Radford University madrigal singers to perform in Yekaterinburg

The Madrigal Singers from Radford University, located in Radford, Virginia, will perform in Yekaterinburg this April.

The Madrigal Singers, who have performed chamber music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods for 28 years, will be in Russia from April 18 to May 2 to take part in an academic choir competition and perform at the 14th annual International Children's Music Festival, Progress-Index reports.

The event will feature music ensembles from across Russia, from independent republics of the former Soviet Union, and from other parts of Europe and Asia.

The group's trip is made possible, in part, by a $15,000 grant from the U.S. State Department to fund its overseas travel, and by scholarships from the university's Arts Society.

"This was totally unexpected," David Castonguay, the director of choral activities, said, Progress-Index reports. "The Russians are also picking up all of the housing and meal expenses for the students during the visit."

Castonguay has taught master classes in Russia and in April served as a guest juror for the Ural State University Boris Yeltsin Academic Choir Competition.

"The State Department funded my teaching in Russia during the fall of 2009, which resulted in a public concert of Russian academic and professional choirs at the Philharmonic Hall in Yekaterinburg," Castonguay said, according to Progress-Index. "Because the 2009 visit was a success, the U.S. State Department suggested that the U.S. government fund bringing a small ensemble of RU singers to demonstrate the techniques of American music to Russian conductors."