The Arad Choir was founded in 1974 by the late composer, Joseph Hadar. Arad, a town in the southern part of Israel, is the host of the “Hebrew Song Festival,” which takes place each summer. The Choir is an official activity of the city of Arad. As such, it participates in many formal community events as well as some national events such as the annual Holocaust Day Ceremony as well as events at the Israeli President’s Residence
The Ma’alot-Kfar Vradim Choir was founded in 1984. The Choir participates in local concerts given during holidays and other public celebrations. Within Israel it also frequently sings with other choirs as well as performing for communities with special needs, such as old-age homes.
The thread that ties these two Israeli choirs together is their musical director, Ronen Ben David
Oriveden Naislaulajat is a traditional female choir, founded in 1964. The leading idea of the choir is singing competence. The practicing styles may vary according to each conductor, the goal always being pure harmony. During its history, Oriveden Naislaulajat has travelled and given concerts in other Finnish cities and abroad in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, USA, Belgium, Estonia, Italy and Spain.
The choir, together with other musical assemblies in Orivesi, belongs to the Orivesi Music Association. This association arranges a yearly event called “Music for Our Home Country”, where instrumental music, folk dances and poetry are also presented. Local young music lovers are also heard and rewarded in the event.
Oriveden Naislaulajat has had, over the years, 20 to 40 singers, the present number being around 20. The choir has had ten different conductors and is currently conducted by Ms. Leena Laaksonen, active Finnish choir musician.
Under the nurturing tutelage of their leader, Chris Samuel, The Magnificent AK47 is a men’s singing group capable of lowering the tone and raising a laugh simultaneously in any setting with deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness. Singing all sorts of material, mostly a cappella with occasional musical accompaniment, they create a sound that has been described as “surprisingly good” and finish in good time for the bar.
They sing right across, despite and beyond, the musical spectrum from serious Georgian choral pieces, through the odd Wagnerian operatic piece, to less intellectual stuff employing hats and related costumery. Their performances are entirely suitable for all the family and, overall, a total, unforgettable experience and guaranteed entertainment!
Coro AltreNote was born in Rome (Italy) in January 2000, with the name “Noterranti” Chorus. The main objective of the Chorus is to sing the theme of “Universality”, by representing different cultures, populations, tradition from all over the planet. The Chorus repertoire includes songs from the Christian and Jewish traditions. The chorus is made up by twenty or so mixed singers, all adults and non-professionals.
Choir director Francesca Palombi acquired a wide experience in organizing recitals, concerts and evening gatherings, moved by a great passion for popular music from all over the world. By travelling and participating to festivals and ethno-musicological research centres, she collected various songs and music from popular traditions from all continents, always of popular origin and from unknown authors. She has been directing the chorus for 7 years, leading AltreNote to events such as the sacred ceremony in Krakow’s Dome in 2005 or the International Festival of Europe in Barcelona in 2009.