“Conegliano City” vocal group

Insieme vocale Città di Conegliano

 

The “Conegliano City” vocal choir, a polyphonic ensemble of about 40 singers, was formed in 1984 by Luciano Borin. It was originally part of the “Associazione dell’Istituto Musicale Arnaldo Benvenuti” in Conegliano, Veneto, Italy.

The choir became independent in February 1994, taking its current name from its host city, Conegliano, a town of about 36,000 residents, and the birthplace of the Renaissance painter Giambattista Cima. The town is located about 60 km north of the splendid city of Venice, near the rolling hills of Prosecco vineyards in the Treviso PreAlps, at the foot of the Dolomites (a UNESCO heritage site).

From the beginning, the group has dedicated itself to the study and performance of infrequently performed pieces, including old, modern, and contemporary works. This distinguishes the group from the traditional choral repertoire. Indeed the repertoire includes works from Renaissance composers such as John Dowland, Antonio Vivaldi including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, Romantic composers Camille Saint-Saens and Antonin Dvorak and, finally, the contemporary works of John Rutter. Included in the repertoire are unaccompanied musical excerpts, with particular consideration given to sacred and secular music by contemporary musicians from the Veneto region such as Wolfango Dalla Vecchia, Luciano Borin, and Giorgio Susana.

 During its performances, both in Italy and abroad, the choir has performed with many orchestras including the Piccola Sinfonica of Milan and l’Offerta Musicale of Venice.

The choir has received national and international recognition during various polyphonic competitions. These include the 1st Category Gold Diploma, , a special award as the second best Italian choir in all categories. The choir received this award at the prestigious “Riva del Garda International Choir Competition”, Garda Lake, Trento Province. In a more local context, among the musical events of the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Regions, the group’s activities include “The New Year’s Concert”, and during the summer period, the “Summer Festival Review”.

The choir took part in the International Festival in Sochi in 2013 and Yaroslav in 2014, and performed with the Moscow soloists invited by Yuri Bashmet. Since August 2013, it has been part of the organizing committee of the “Prosecco Festival” held in Conegliano every year, with the presence of the Moscow Soloists and other artists of great international fame under the musical direction of Maestro Bashmet. Recently, in April 2016, the choir has been again directed by Maestro Bashmet in the Gloria of Vivaldi in the prestigious Moscow’s Tchaicovsky Conservatory Great Hall.

 

Laura Fabbro, from Conegliano, has been conducting the choir since 2004. With a diploma in Pianoforte, and in Choir Music and Choir Direction, she has been a member of the choir for many years. Fabbro is also responsible for forming nd harmonizing the sacred works for the choir.