Friday, December 15, 2017

American choir visits Yekaterinburg

As part of the International Festival of Academic Choirs, the Radford University Choir from Radford, Virginia, has traveled to Yekaterinburg to partake in an event titled "Faces of Friends".

The International Festival of Academic Choirs is hosted annually at the Urals Federal University as part of the larger art forum Vesna UPI. The opening ceremony for this year's international festival was attended by Consul General Mike Reinert of the American consulate in Yekaterinburg, who introduced director by David O. Castonguay and the Radford University Choir.

Over the course of the festival, the Radford University Choir Madrigal Singers competed against 24 other singing groups, mostly from Western Siberia and the Urals region. The Madrigal Singers performed mostly a cappella and chamber music.

Radford University Choir students have traveled to Yekaterinburg every year for the past five years as a cultural exchange effort to build ties between Russian and American students. When not competing, the American students performed at other local venues and spent time getting to know the city and people of Yekaterinburg.