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šaleški akademski pevski zbor

CHOIR HISTORY

  • Šaleški akademski pevski zbor Velenje (Academic choir of Velenje) was formed in 1999 and ever since, Professor Mrs. Danica Pirečnik has been its conductor and artistic director.
  • The choir has taken part and been very successful at many competitions in Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Chech Republic and Bulgaria where they often won the highest prizes.
  • In 2002 they won a Golden price and First place in the in the category of Chamber groups on an International choir competition in Grado, Italy. The choir was also pronounced The best chamber choir of the competition.
  • In the year 2003 the choir performed at a National competition in Maribor for the first time and won a Golden plaquette.
  • In the fall of 2004, the choir participated in the 10th International choir Olympiad in Athens, where it won a Golden medal and First place in the category of Mixed choirs while also receiving a Special award in the non-competitive folksong program.
  • In a competition in Riva del Garda, Italy, it won First place in the category of Mixed choirs with the compulsory program and a Golden plaquette in the same category In the year 2007 the choir participated in the National choir competition Naša pesem in Maribor for the second time and won a Silver plaquette.
  • In the year 2007 the choir participated in the National choir competition Naša pesem in Maribor for the second time and won a Silver plaquette.
  • Their first CD named Gloria which contains the most beautiful sacral songs was released in the year 2008.
  • On a prestigious International competition in the Bulgarian Varna the choir received the First award in the category of Mixed choirs and in the finals First place and with it the Grand Prize of Varna 2009 award. The choir also qualified for the European Grand Prix 2010, where its performance was yet again exceptional. That meant the biggest success yet for the choir, one that only few Slovenian choirs achieve.
  • In December 2010, the choir held a full-length concert as part of the Velenje Festival yearly classical program. On the concert date their second CD came out, which features mostly folk and modern compositions.
  • In May 2011 the choir attended a competition Zlatna vila in Prijedor - BIH, where it received an Award for the best performance of a renaissance composition.
  • The same year in July the choir participated in a big project choir, which performed Mahler's 8th Symphony of a Thousand, conducted by an outstanding Russian conductor Valerij Gergijev. They presented themselves with this project for the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of Mahler's death, held in Ljubljana and Zagreb.
  • The choir participated in the project Harmonies in April 2012, which was a part of the European capital of culture and was called The voices from east and west. At the concert in Velenje, they presented two completely different choral cultures along with a Japanese choir Harmonia Ensemble, with which they share the love to sing.
  • By the end of 2012 the choir collaborated with the excellent harpist Tina Žerdin on a solo full-length concert and along the rest of the program premiered a seven movement cycle piece Magnum Mysterium – The great mystery, which was written by a young and utmost creative Slovenian composer Gašper Jereb.
  • In an effort and care to preserve the folk tradition, the choir prepared a project in May 2013 named The mirror of Slovenian folk songs in the past and now. The causes of the project were to present Slovenian folk songs in an authentic form and also introduce choir versions of young Slovenian authors. Among the presented songs, some were performed for the very first time.