Elena Sharkova
June 2016

Ireland 2016 with Elena Sharkova

Ireland 2016 Choir Festival | Galway & Dublin

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Dear Friends,

I am pleased to again serve as a festival conductor for KI in 2016. After the moving experiences performing in the awe-inspiring venues of the 2014 Passion of Italy KI festival in Rome, I am thrilled to plan the next musical, cultural and historic exploration – this time to Ireland!

I am looking forward to creating a program that expresses the passion of Irish music and the richness of its history and culture. A program that joins the lives and sounds of two continents through young people singing in one voice - reflecting the thoughts and feelings of those from around the world. A program that embraces audiences with a boldness and clarity of expression they will relish and remember.

The festival begins in the beautiful city of Galway - the Cultural Heart of Ireland - where the charming cobblestoned streets will have us stepping back in time to Medieval Ireland. We will enjoy our rehearsals there, getting to know each other, building our collective voice and celebrating our individuality through stand alone performances. Our first Gala Concert will be an unforgettable experience as the sound of the festival choir resonates in the amazing acoustics of the Galway Cathedral (tbd).

Traveling from Galway to Dublin, we will experience the whimsy of the Irish countryside looking here and there for a four-leaf clover. In Dublin, choirs will have further opportunities for individual concerts before we build to a crescendo with our final Gala concert at Christ Church Cathedral (tbd).

We will seek out impromptu moments of song in town squares, in market places and in ancient laneways where Irish folk gather. Join us to share the joy of our talent, our unique ability to reach across the oceans and make new friends through song.

- Elena Sharkova

June 2016 | Individual & Festival Concerts | Galway & Dublin