Each of the three choirs that took part in the Voices of Gold concert last night at SCPA had won multiple gold medals in past international choral competitions. It wasn’t hard to see why once they started to sing: the best of the best, just how good a chorus can be. The Abbellimento, an ensemble of 19 young women from Prague, had those soaring cathedral voices you associate with great Gothic churches. They’ve already competed in the Musica Sacra category yesterday, and I’m thinking they’ll take home another gold medal. That awards ceremony is tomorrow at 10 am. They were joined in a few pieces by 12 members of Zvonky Praha, a youth chorus from Prague who competed on Thursday (Folklore) and Friday (Youth Choirs of Equal Voices). They’ll learn this afternoon if they’re adding more gold to their collection. The 80 voices of the SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School from Hong Kong and their very energetic conductor, Siu Mei Lee brought the audience up out of their seats several times. Kind of interesting to see a group of high school girls all dressed in blue shirtwaist dresses with sailor collars...what is the phrase I’m looking for? Oh, yes, refreshingly modest. They competed today in the Mixed Youth Choirs at 1 p.m. at the Masonic Center. The Mansfield University Concert Choir, was phenomenal, too, though I, and everyone around me wondered why, after a wonderful program of spiritual and folk, songs, they ended with an extremely strange piece, Hyo-Won Woo, in which members periodically interrupted the singing with uncontrollable laughter. Conductor, Dettwiler, what was that all about?And what were you thinking?
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