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    Unpad Choir Advanced to the 2020 European Grand Prix Competition


    BANDUNG - The Student Choir (PSM) of Padjadjaran University (Unpad) again succeeded in making Indonesia famous through an absolute victory at the 67th International Choral Competition, Arezzo, Italy, which took place from 22-24 August 2019, and became the General Champion of Gran Premio Cita in Arezzo after defeating competitors from 9 countries.

    Unpad PSM won awards in the categories that followed, including Champion 1 in the Musica Sacra category, Champion 2 in the Monographic Program category and Champion 3 in the Compulsory Program category and Arvin Zeinullah as the conductor succeeded in bringing Unpad PSM to bring special awards for the Special Prize of Best Performance for Living Italian Composer "Sicut" Cervus "and the Special Prize of Best Interpretation for Contemporary Piece from Pietro Ferrario's" Ubi Caritas ".

    In the International Festival of Folk Music category, PSM Unpad also carries the title of favorite Premio Del Pubblico through expressive performances by presenting Paris Barantai, Mande-Mande, and Gayatri.

    Chairperson of the Indonesia Kirana 2019 Movement from Unpad Choir, Dewi Mayangsari said, the variety of programs and the song's strength were key to the victory of the Unpad Choir team consisting of 42 singers.

    "PSM Unpad carries the name of Indonesia Kirana as a form of cultural mission through competitions and cultural performances. The team's preparation takes 7 months to achieve success in the world's largest alloy event," he said.

    According to Dewi, for the victory, Unpad Choir became the first student choir to advance to the final of the European Grand Prix (EGP) for Choral Singing 2020 which will be held in Debrecen, Hungary.

    "EGP is the top of the choir final which is incorporated in the competition associations in Varna-Bulgaria, Tours-France, Arezzo-Italy, Maribor-Slovenia, Debrecen-Hungary and Tolosa-Spain," he said.

    Unpad Choir joined in the Kirana 2019 Indonesia Movement, which is a movement aimed at promoting Indonesian cultural brands in international competitions. Unpad Choir had to compete with a number of countries in Europe, such as Ukraine, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Bulgaria and Italy.

    "There are 14 participants, already screened, Indonesia is the only representative from Asia in this competition," said Dewi, through the release received on Monday (26/08). (Parno)

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