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Iubilate and Cantate Choirs at the Festival of Watou

Date: 04 May to 13 May 2018

Iubilate and Cantate Choirs at the International Gregorian Festival of Watou

Cantate

International Gregorian Festival of Watou is a sparkling and universal event in which 26 scholas and top ensembles from every corner in the world, from Columbia to Australia takes part. A large number of participating scholas are professional or semi-professional, which stands for the highest quality level and renewed radiation. Five youth choirs will create an atmosphere of admiration and tenderness.

The Gregorian Festival, organized every three years, evolved in the course of the years to the most important festival in the world for this kind of music. It enjoys an international reputation, and is a unique event.

It is remarkable that this festival has been created and is being supported by an extensive team of volunteers and a network with diverse partners. This contributes to the authentic identity feeling of the festival and gives a special charm and force to the event.

The central program takes place at Watou, from Wednesday 9 tot Sunday 13 May 2018. The pre-ouvertures at Houtkerque, (French Flanders) Grimbergen, Poperinge, Koksijde, Antwerp, Brussels, Dunkirk, Wervik and Haringhe provide a substantial foretaste from Friday 4th May onwards.

For the four central auditions each choir is given a fixed program to perform. Here a repertoire will be offered that hasn’t been sung for some 900 years, the scores of which have been sleeping in abbeys and library archives.

The programs for the afternoon and evening concerts are filled alternatively with gregorian chant and beautiful music developed from the gregorian repertoire. Gregorian chant is liturgical chant first of all. So it is self-evident that gregorian liturgy forms one of the pillars of the festival, next to auditions and concerts.

Encounter, heartiness and an atmosphere of happiness and friendship form a harmonious unity during this ten day long festival, together with the heavenly voices, the musicality and the breathtaking mysticism, so typical of gregorian chant. 

 

Iubilate

Iubilate is a girls’ choir conducted by Ferenc Sapszon (Budapest). It is part of one of the most famous choir schools “ Kodály Zoltán Magyar Kórusiskolát” in Central end East-Europe.

The choir was honoured with first prizes, and other distinctions at festivals in Italy and Austria, so e.g. in Rome in 2016 at the Festival “Musica Eterna Roma”.

Iubilate follows the Hungarian choir tradition in the spirit of Zoltan Kodaly (music pedagogue and important composer).

Repertoire: from Gregorian chant to modern choir music. 

 

Cantate

Cantate is a mixed ensemble and was formed by former singers of Jubilate and students of diverse schools for further education in Budapest. Ferenc Sapszon is the conductor. The former singers of Iubilate were formed at one of the most famous choir schools of Central and Eastern Europe: “Kodaly Zoltan Magyar Korusiskolat”.

Cantate and Iubilate often cooperate. With its impressive cast of singers, the choir was honoured at festivals in Italy, Austria, and other countries.

The ensemble follows the Hungarian choir tradition in the spirit of Zoltan Kodaly (music pedagogue and important composer).

Repertoire: from Gregorian chant up to today’s music.

INFORMATION & RESERVATION

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May
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FEATURED EVENTS

May 02.
- May 02.
Woman Captured - film screening
Rue Archimede 17, 1000 Brussels
May 03.
- May 03.
Concert by Mihály Demeniv, accordion artist
Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels
May 04.
- May 13.
Iubilate and Cantate
Belgique
May 24.
- May 24.
Balassi Jazz Club with Gábor Winand
Balassi Institue, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Brussels
Jun 05.
- Jun 05.
CONCERT BY ESZTER KARASSZON - CELLIST
Balassi Institut, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Bruxelles
Jun 12.
- Sep 07.
Exhibition of Miksa Róth - Colored sunlight
Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels

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