The Hanover College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers have become the first North American ensembles invited to participate in the International Choir Festival Chernomorski zvutsi.

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Now in its 10th year, International Choir Festival Chernomorski zvutsi is traditionally held in Balchik, Bulgaria, a coastal resort town on the Black Sea. This year’s festival will be held virtually June 2-6 and include a mixture of live and pre-recorded online performances.

Hanover’s ensembles, under the direction of Madlen Batchvarova, professor of music, will perform at 10 a.m. (ET), Thursday, June 3, and, again, as part of the event’s Gala Concert, at noon (ET), Saturday, June 5. All performances are available online through Facebook.

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The College’s ensembles will perform three selections. The Hanover Chamber Singers will sing French-Canadian composer Donald Patrequin’s “J’entends le moulin,” in French, and Bulgarian composer Philip Kutev’s beloved traditional choral song, “Vecheryai Rado,” in its native language. In addition, the Hanover Concert Choir will perform Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “You Will Never Walk Alone (with ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’).”

Along with Hanover’s ensembles, this year’s festival features 60 choirs from Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. The event included 132 choirs and more than 5,300 singers from Europe and Asia during its first nine editions.

Hanover’s vocal program earned distinction within the European choral community during a 2019 spring-term tour of Bulgaria. The 13-day trip included performances of sacred songs and Bulgarian folk pieces at three concerts and participation in workshops with local students and choirs.