Curriculum

Founded in 1987 as an initiative of A.GI.MUS. (Young Musicians Association), the Office of Cultural Activities of ERSU (now ADISU), and the University of Perugia, the choir is composed of teachers, assistants, general staff and students of the University of Perugia. The Choir's repertoire is varied, and ranges from Sacred Poliphony, Baroque Music, German Romantic Music, Opera to spiritual and gospel tradition, swing, jazz/blues and modern music (like the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Presley...).

As far as twinnings and cultural exchanges are concerned, a central point of the choir's activities, highlights were the concerts with the Symphonic Orchestras of Tubingen, Freiburg and Stuttgart, performed in Germany and Umbria from 1987 to 1993. On September 1991, the choir recorded some parts taken from "L'Elisir d'Amore" by Donizetti, for a French television broadcast. In 1994 it had concerts in Provence, as a guest of the University Choir of Aix en Provence. In September of the same year it was hosted by the "LielerKnaben Choir of Kiel" in the north of Germany, performing in Kiel, Lubeck, Hamburg and Munich. In 1995 the choir received a visit from the "Corale Senese", the Choir of the Brazil Embassy in Rome, two other choirs of the Magister Institute of Kecskemét (Hungary), and the Choir of the City of Lubeck (Germany). In the same year the choir took part in a tour of Hungary and Austria, performing in Budapest, Szeged, Kecskemét, and Vienna. In 1996 the choir participated in "F.I.M.U." (International Festival of University Music) in Belfort (France), and in the summer of the same year sang Mozart's "Te Deum", taken from his masterpiece "Requiem", during the shooting of a film produced by RAI (Italian National Radio and Television). In July 1996 it performed in Sicily in a very famous competition called "Luglio Musicale Trapanese"; and went another time to Sicily in December 1997 with a concert in the city of Marsala. In 1997 the choir recorded a CD with the Symphony Orchestra of The University of Szeged in Hungary, and took part in a famous italian radio trasmission called "La Barcaccia" on RADIOTRE (Italian National Radio), performing various operas including "Norma", "L'Elisir d'Amore", "Carmen", "Nabucco" and "Falstaff", with artists of international fame. In 1998 it undertook a tour in Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, performing in Bratislava, thanks to a twinning with the Comenius Singing Choir, which visited in Italy in 1999. During this year the choir also made a tour in Sicily and Campania, with concerts in Naples and in the beautiful Auditorium of Caltagirone.

I n 2000 it took part to the Third Edition of the "International Festival of Choirs and Regional Bands" in Genova (Italy), and in September the choir sang with other European University musical groups in Rome during the Eucharistic Celebrations of the Pope's Holy Jubilee. In October of the same year the choir performed in Potsdam and Tubingen, both those cities twinned with the city of Perugia, in a long and very successful tour. In October 2001 the choir toured in France and Spain, with concerts in Aix en Provence and Barcellona. In December 2001 it performed with the famous latino-american band "Intillimani" in a concert at the Theater of Prato (Tuscany).

In 2003 the choir undertook a successful tour in Malta, performing concerts at Manoel Theatre in La Valletta, and at the monumental Mdina Cathedral, receiving a great public and critical praise. Since 2001 the choir organizes almost every year the "University Choirs Festival, city of Perugia", in the beautiful concert hall Sala Dei Notari inside the Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia, attended by the best University Choirs from many Italian cities like Bologna, Rome, Trieste, Turin, Bari, Siena, Pavia, Modena and Reggio Emilia, as well as many international choirs like the choir "Voce del Mare" from Aix en Provence (France), the Cornerstone University Choir from Grand Rapids (USA, in 2004 and 2006), and the Polytechnic University Choir of Valencia (Spain). In October 2004 the choir had another tour in Spain, performing in Valencia, at the "Torrent Auditorium" and at the "Aula Magna" of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, earning many gratifying public comments. In 2004 the choir opened the Third "University Choirs Festival, city of Perugia", hosting the Cornestone University Choir of Grand Rapids in March and the choir "Voce del Mare" of the University of Aix en Provence. In April 2005 for the IV Edition of the "University Choirs Festival, city of Perugia", the choir hosted the University Choirs of Trieste, Turin and Ferrara; and for he V Edition it hosted the University Choirs of Sassari (Sardinia) and Foggia. In October 2005 the choir organized another tour which brought it in Holland, where they performed in Amsterdam and Maastricht.

In May 2006 it was hosted by the University Choir of Bari, in a twinning between the two Universities, and in October 2006 the choir undertook a tour in Portugal, giving very successful concerts in the city of Porto, on the occasion of a Festival called "Ecoros Cantam", in collaboration with the Choir of the Musical Conservatory of Llesa (Spain), the University Choir of Coimbra (Portugal) and the Choir of the Business Faculty of the University of Porto.

In 2007 in addition to the intense activity associated with performances at various festivals and twinnings with European and Italian Choirs, such as the University Choir of Macerata (Italy) and Cassino, the choir also played an important institutional role in the life of the university, including Honorary Graduation ceremonies and the annual celebrations associated with the beginning of the Academic Year and other important occasions. In October 2007 the choir had another successful tour in Sardinia (Italy), hosted by the University Choir of Sassari and giving concerts in the beautiful cities of Sassari and Alghero. This tour really pointed the way to a very important year in the history both of the University of Perugia, which celebrates the Seventh Centenary of its birth in 1308, and the Choir itself, which celebrates the Twentieth Anniversary of its official birth in 1987-88, a year destined to be filled with special occasions, twinnings and institutional concerts, to celebrate a very important double birthday. In 2009 the choir has celebrated the 150th anniversary of June 20th 1859, a very special date for the city of Perugia in its rebellion against the Papal State, and has welcomed the Choir of Larnaka (Cyprus), destination of the 2010 tour, where the choir performed in Nicosia for the Italian Ambassador in Cyprus, H.E. Alfredo Bastianelli.

In 2010 the Choir started a new project, "Il Coro racconta... l'Opera", with a first concert dedicated to "L'elisir d'amore" by Donizetti in the Palazzo Urbani in Spello (PG), followed by another successful concert in Perugia in June 2012. In 2011 the Choir has celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Italy as a united nation with a series of dedicated concerts, "Chi per la Patria muor...!". Together with the Varna International Festival the Choir has performed, in July 2011, Verdi's "Requiem Mass" in Perugia and Todi. In December 2012 the choir performed in Istanbul (Turkey), as guests of the Istanbul Kültür Üniversitesi. In March 2013, in Perugia, the choir has taken part in the event called "Caro suono lusinghier...", with performances of arias and choirs by the composer Francesco Morlacchi (1784-1841), from Perugia, for the first time in modern times. On June 20th, 2013, in Perugia, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Verdi and Wagner's birth, the choir performed at the event "Il Melodramma nazionale tra storia e mito", with pieces for choir and for solos from the operas of the two great composers. In July 2013 the Choir partecipated at the 31st edition of the Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigròs in Vic (Spain). On December 13th-14th, 2013 the Choir joined the Orchestra and Choir of the Conservatorio "Francesco Morlacchi" of Perugia for two performances of the "Requiem Mass" by Verdi, in Perugia and Foligno. In December 2013 the Choir celebrated its 25 years of activity with an emotional concert in Perugia, Sala dei Notari, with current and past members. In April 2014 the Choir worked with the actor and songwriter Simone Cristicchi in one performance of his show "Magazzino 18" in the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto (TR), and went to Ljubljana (Slovenia) as guests of the Choir APZ Tone Tomši? of the University of Ljubljana, performing in the State capital and in Postojna. On September 25th 2014 the choir sings, together with the Choir of Teatro Regio in Parma, the Choir of the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia and the children's choir Adamus, in the show "L'Opera è... la Grande Bellezza!", by Enrico Stinchelli, at the Verona Arena, featuring stars such as Maria Guleghina, José Cura and Carlo Guelfi.