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'Universitas Cantat' is an international choral celebration. Since 1998, it has been gathering young people from various universities - people who are musically talented, active and open to new friendships and to exchange of cultural experience - in Poznań (at the beginning every year and since 2003 - every two years). During the previous ten editions, the public had the chance to admire almost 100 choirs from 26 countries, including such distant parts of the world as Mexico or Ecuador. Since the beginning of existence of the event, its organisation has been handled by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, AMU Chamber Choir and AMU Chamber Choir Association. The role of Professor Krzysztof Szydzisz - a choirmaster, a musicologist, a voice-building specialist, a speech therapist, a culture manager and since the very beginning - the director of 'Universitas Cantat' and Joanna Piech-Sławecka - an oboist, a choirmaster, a speech therapist and the vice-director of the festival, is invaluable. The festival concerts are held in various concert halls in Wielkopolska, mainly in the Assembly Hall of Adam Mickiewicz University which is famous for excellent acoustics. The choirs prepare inter alia the compositions promoting native music of the particular countries. At the end of the festival, all participants jointly perform a composition of a contemporary living composer. A symphonic orchestra usually accompanies them in this venture.

Within the final concerts, the following compositions were performed: in 1998 - Litania ad Spiritus Sanctum by Zbigniew Kozub, in 1999 - Angelus by Wojciech Kilar, in 2000 - Beati Estis by Zbigniew Kozub, in 2001 - Ad Iuventatem by Marek Jasiński, in 2002 - Nihil homine Mirabilius symphony by Krzesimir Dębski, w 2003 r. - Ver Redit 2nd symphony by Krzesimir Dębski, in 2005 - Festinemus amare homines symphony by Paweł Łukaszewski, in 2007 - Raptus Europae by Marek Jasiński, in 2009 - Exegi monumentum aere perennius by Romuald Twardowski, in 2011 - Amor vincit by Miłosz Bembinow, in 2013 Origo Mundi by Jacek Sykulski, in 2015 Arion by Zuzanna Koziej and 2017 Amor et Psyche by Miłosz Bembinow.

'Universitas Cantat' festival (and a large group of volunteers working on each of its editions) is the proof for the fact that the musical fascinations in the scope of choral art are an universal issue. The meetings of young people lead to establishment of new acquaintances and the multiculturalism is the inspiration for the listeners.

The fifteenth (anniversary) Universitas Cantat will be held on May, 18-21, 2022.


The fifteenth (anniversary) Universitas Cantat, 18-21, 2022

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Universitas Cantat 2022 has become part of a European project “WeBEUnited – West-Balkan and Europe united, musical synergies for young artists”. It's a mutual joining of forces and experiences between the four project partners: Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Italy and the 6 West-Balkan countries Montenegro, Serbia, the FYR Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. The aim of the project is to exchange music between West-Balkan and other European countries and to promote transnational mobility of cultural and creative works and artists.

Within the project Universitas Cantat has established close cooperation with FYR of Macedonia and in that the choirs participating in the festival have the opportunity to perform together two songs composed especially for this occasion: one written by a Macedonian composer and the other by a composer from Poland. The compositions will be performed at the Final Concert of the 15 International Festival Universitas Cantat. To prepare for the execution of the song the participating choirs (including the choir from FYR of Macedonia invited to the festival) will attend special workshops guided by the composers. Both compositions will be included in a booklet of all new European and West-Balkan songs composed for the project „WeBEUnited”.

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Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Choir, Poland
Poznań University of Medical Sciences Mixed Choir, Poland
University Choir Coro da Camera of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań, Poland
Poznan University of Economics Chamber Choir Musica Viva, Poland
Chamber Choir of Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts (Kalisz) of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Chamber Choir of Poznań Fermata at the University of the Arts, Poland
Paderewski Chamber Choir, Poland
Poznań University of Economics and Business Female Choir Sonantes, Poland
Chamber Orchestra of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
Adam Mickiewicz University Academic Choir, Poland
“Dragan Shuplevski” choir, Northern Macedonia
The Brno University of Technology Choir, Czech Republic
Chamber Choir of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, German
Gdansk Jeunesses Musicales Percussion Ensemble, Poland
Chamber Choir of University of Zielona Gora "Cantus Humanus", Poland
The Bacewicz Percussion Ensemble, Poland
Gdansk Jeunesses Musicales Percussion Ensemble, Poland


Festival Director
prof. Krzysztof Szydzisz
tel.: +48 608 30 70 30

Festival Deputy Director
dr Joanna Piech-Sławecka
tel.: +48 604 525 554


CODEAddress of the Festival Office
Św. Marcin 78, 61-809 Poznań, Poland

www: www.cantat.amu.edu.pl
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