International charity music festival: ‘voice of the soul’

The Voice of the soul is an open, communal project of the NGO ‘MultiKultiUA’ and other social organisations in the city of Kharkov. The project deals with the promotion and conservation of the cultural traditions of Eastern Ukraine. The proceeds of this project are to be transferred to orphanages and other charity organisations in Ukraine. The festival will be held every year from 2014 onwards with the help of the Kharkov philharmonic orchestra.

The Kharkov Philharmonic, founded in 1929, are the oldest concert organisers in Ukraine. The building of the Kharkov Philharmonic, one of the architectural masterpieces of the city, is considered to be the cultural centre of the city. The building hosted, among others, Pjotr Tsajkovsky, Sergey Rachmaninoff, Feodor Shaljapin, and many other famous artists: the photographer Afred Fededstkiy spent most of his creative life here. Moreover, the first film showing in Ukraine took place here in 1896, as well as the first Ukrainian radio broadcast in 1929.

The Kharkov Philharmonic is one of the leading concert organizers of Ukraine, and an active promoter of both classical and contemporary music. They play a big part in the aesthetic education of Ukrainian youth, thus contributing to the promotion of Ukrainian cultural heritage. During the concert there will be A cappella shows (‘A cappella’: in the chapel). A cappella is polyphonic choir singing which is not accompanied by instruments. The notion of ‘A cappella’ was first introduced in the late 1700’s, and related to church services in papal Rome, principally in the sixteenth chapel. Another explanation of A cappella is simply the practice of singing without any accompanying instrumentals.

In the renaissance, thanks to composers such as Madrigale, A cappella singing developed into a more secular form of art. As a professional form of choir singing, A cappella has a base from polyphonic singing in the medieval period, then flourished under the masters of the Dutch school, and received its classical expression in the romantic school under masters such as Palestrina, Benevoli, and Scarlatti. However, it was not unusual for A cappella singing to be accompanied by one solo instrument or a common bass in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was only later that A cappella developed as something that consisted only of a choir.

In the orthodox church musical worship is exclusively done ‘A cappella’. In the church of the East, (Ethiopian, Coptic and Malabar), musical instruments were partly allowed: the singing was accompanied by traditional African and Asian instruments. Meanwhile, in Russia there were pleas to do away with the prohibition on such musical worship in the church. One of the main proponents of lifting the ban on instrumental music in orthodox churches was the famous composer Alexander Gretshaninov, but his plea was rejected in 1917.

A cappella singing was especially widespread in the chamber choir music current of European composers in the 19th century. It reached its peak in the russian choir culture of the early 20th century with figures such as Rachmaninoff, Chesnokov, Kalinnikova, Davidenko, Koval, Shabalin, Shostakovich, Salmanova, etc… Currently, A cappella singing is regaining popularity in many countries.
The project is still in its preparatory stages, therefore, we invite everyone who wants to participate or help in any way to contact the project coordinators listed below.

You can find more info here:
Telephone: +38 091-305-90-10 (Ukrtelecom)
Mobile: +38 063-28-65-467 / +38 050-40-150-46
E-mail: multikultiua@yahoo.de

 

 

 

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