Free Concert of the Primorska University Academic Choir

A free concert of the Primorska University Academic Choir will be held in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception in the settlement of Šmarje pri Kopru on Thursday, 12 April 2018, at 8:00 pm. The concert will take place within the framework of the international cycle of vocal and instrumental music Symphonic Voices. The concert will include works by composers of the Primorska region, other Slovene authors and Orthodox liturgy of the famous Russian composer Maximilian Steinberg.

The Primorska University Academic Choir (APZ UP) has been working under the aegis of the Primorska University Student Organization (PMU) since its creation in 2004. 40 students from the University of Primorska as well as some enthusiasts sing in the choir. The choir is headed by a composer and conductor Ambrož Čopi. His assistants are Andreja Tomažič Hrvatin and Luka Vetrih.

The choir performs a number of musical genres and styles, from the Renaissance to modern music. Special attention is given to the works of the Primorska region composers. In addition, the choir enriches its repertoire with the rarely performed works and novelties produced by the younger generation of Slovene composers. The choir also attracts musicians from the Primorska region to its projects and works with various other national and foreign choirs. For all the years of its existence, the choir has been acting as the Ambassador of Culture of the University of Primorska and Slovenia, as well as a promoter for new art, performing at concerts and releasing CDs.

The Primorska University Academic Choir regularly participates in all major events organized by the University, and conducts concerts in Slovenia and abroad. The Primorska University Academic Choir has been awarded many international and national awards. It successfully performed at such international competitions as Preveza (Greece) 2006, Varna (Bulgaria) 2008, Kantonigros (Spain) 2011, Ohrid (Macedonia) 2011, Vilnius (Lithuania) 2012, Split (Croatia) 2012, Milazzo (Italy) 2013, Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 2013, Istanbul (Turkey) 2014, Derry (Northern Ireland) 2014, Herceg Novi (Montenegro) 2015, and Paralia (Greece) 2016. The Primorska University Academic Choir has been also invited to many festivals of choral music. In 2009, it acted as a finalist at the European Grand Prix in choral singing in Tours (France).

For more than 10 years passed since its creation, the Primorska University Academic Choir has released 7 CDs.

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