Festival Choir of Madison

Celebrating the power of music for over 45 years!

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Festival Choir of Madison is an auditioned mixed-voice choir of 50 experienced singers who come from all walks of life to make music together. We pride ourselves on our exquisitely crafted performances. Each is a musical journey binding audience and musicians together in a memorable experience.

This season is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Festival Choir is grateful for support from…

American Family Insurance

First United Methodist Church

The Pleasant Rowland Foundation

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The Slavic Soul

  • First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive Madison, WI, 53705 United States (map)

Tickets are always available at the door.

For the last concert of its anniversary season, the Festival Choir of Madison will take you on a musical journey through Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland and Slovakia. Several choral masterworks by Georgy Sviridov, folk song arrangements by Bela Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Krassimir Kyurkchyiski, along with a world premiere by the young Polish composer Szymon Godziemba-Trytek. The soloist is Anya Gubenkova, soloist of the Russian Folk Orchestra at UW Madison, and guest conductor is Dr. Nikoleta Popova, director of Choirs at the Conservatorio Superior de Gran Canaria.

Dr. Popova is a renowned specialist in Eastern European and Bulgarian music and has offered seminars and masterclasses all over the world. Currently, she is Professor in Conducting at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias in Spain, where she is also music director of the conservatory orchestra and choirs. She has appeared as guest conductor in Austria, Italy, Spain, Poland, US, as well as her native Bulgaria.

Born in Dobrich, Bulgaria, Nikoleta Popova received her education as a conductor from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, where she studied with the legendary Austrian conductor Johannes Prinz. Among her teachers are also Eric Whitacre, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Alex Schillings, Klaas Stok, Marco Antonio Da Silva Ramos, and others.

Earlier Event: March 17
45th Anniversary Gala
Later Event: November 3
Angels and Demons