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Choral Music

“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity, to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.” — Paul McCartney

Choral music is the music written specifically for a choir or chorus to perform. The term choir was applied originally to groups affiliated with a church, while the term chorus was reserved for groups that performed in theaters or concert halls, but these days this distinction is far from rigid. The origins of choral music are found in Ancient Greece, as well as in contemporary European musical cultures. Today, diverse repertoires of choral music and a number of professional choirs can be found all around the world. In Bulgaria, choral singing has long been popular, and the high standards attained by the country’s many choirs have been recognized throughout the world. Indeed, the country is known as the “Kingdom of Choruses.” Min-On initiated the Choral Music Series in 1970 with a Japan tour by the Men’s Chamber Choir of Bulgarian Radio and Television.

Since then, Min-On has invited four more internationally acclaimed choral groups from Bulgaria, including the Tolbuhin Children’s Choir in 1975, the Svetoslav Obretenov Bulgarian A Capella Choir in 1977, the Madrigal Choir of Sofia in 1983, and the Philip Koutev Choir of Bulgaria in 2007. The Choral Music Series has to date featured more than 20 of the finest choirs from all around the world for a total of more than 600 concerts of world choral music, inspiring audiences throughout Japan. The most recent in the series was the performance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City from the United States, winner of the Worald Choir Olympics in both 2009 and 2010.

The Children’s Choir of Czechoslovakian Philharmony in
1976

The Tapiola Children’s Choir from Finland
 

Estonian Girl’s Choir Ellerhein from Estoni
 

Carmina Slovenica Women’s Choir from Slovenia in 2008
 

Bulgarian A Capella Choir from Bulgaria in 1977
 

The Royal Swedish Men’s Choir (Orphei Drängar)
 

Riga Chamber Choir “Ave Sol” from Latvia in 2004
 

Choral Series

1970   The Men’s Chamber Choir of Bulgarian Radio and Television from Bulgaria


1970   Southern California Youth Choral Group from the United States of America


1972   The Men’s Chamber Choir of Bulgarian Radio and Television from Bulgaria


1973   Mozart Sängerknaben from Austria


1973   Kölner Manner-Gesang-Verein from Germany


1975   The Tolbuhin Children’s Choir from Bulgaria


1976   The Childern’s Choir of Czechoslovakian Philharmony


1977   Bulgaria A Capella Choir from Bulgaria


1977   The Tapiola Children’s Choir from Finland


1980   Venezuelan Choir from Venezuela


1981   Knabenchor Hannover from Germany


1983   The “Madrigal” Choir of Sofia from Bulgaria


1984   The Royal Swedish Men’s Choir (Orphei Drängar) from
Sweden


1991   The Children’s Choir of Romanian Radio and Television from Romania


1993   The Harvard Glee Club from the United States of America


1995   The Efroni Choir of Israel


1996   The St. Bavo Boy’s Choir of the Netherlands


1997   The Drakensberg Boy’s Choir of South Africa


1998   Philharmonischer Kinderchor Dresden of Germany


1999   Wolfratshausen Childern’s Choir of Germany


1999   La Cigale de Lyon of France


2000   Estonian Girl’s Choir “Ellerhein” from Estonia


2001   The Drakensberg Boy’s Choir of South Africa


2002   The Drakensberg Boy’s Choir of South Africa


2003   Romeo and Juliet Choir from Sweden


2004   Riga Chamber Choir “Ave Sol” from Latvia


2006   The Efroni Choir of Israel


2007   The Philip Koutev Choir of Bulgaria


2008   Carmina Slovenica Women’s Choir from Slovenia


2008   The Russian Sveshnikov Concert Children’s Choir of Kolomna from Russia


2009   The Red Star Chorus of China


2009   The Young People’s Chorus of New York City from the United States of America


2009   The Young People’s Chorus of New York City from the United States of America


2010   The Young People’s Chorus of New York City from the United States of America


2012   The little Singers of Armenia


2013   Svanholm Singers


2014   The Norwegian Girls’Choir


2017   The Drakensberg Boy’s Choir of South Africa

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