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Coralia Choir wins International '09 Choral Competition

The concert choir from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (UPR-RP), Coralia, triumphed at the 48th International Choral Competition Cesare Augusto Seghizzi 2009 on July at Gorizia, Italy; collecting six awards during the competition, the group was the most awarded choir at the ceremony.

Coralia, concert choir from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus                                                                                                                                                                              (Photo courtesy of Coralia's Official Myspace Profile)
Coralia, concert choir from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (Photo courtesy of Coralia's Official Myspace Profile)

Obtaining the highest score among 18 choirs from 15 countries, Coralia led by Professor Carmen Acevedo Lucio, won first prize on Renaissance polyphonic music, Folk, and traditional music categories. The choir also receives second place on historical polyphonic music and the prize of best polyphonic narrative interpretation. In addition, they achieved the prize for best chamber music ensemble and first finalists on the Gran Prix Seghizzi. In this event the group had to compete in a semifinal with all participating choirs, including groups from Germany, Denmark, Indonesia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia. Coralia's participation in the competition was the only representation of the American hemisphere, giving great exposure to our university and Puerto Rico among the participating countries.

Coralia performing at Italy (Photo courtesy of UPR-Rio Piedras Website)
Coralia performing at Italy (Photo courtesy of UPR-Rio Piedras Website)

During their time in Italy, Coralia played concerts in the Cathedral of San Giacomo Maggiore in the city of Bologna, and San Francesco Della Vigna, a Franciscan church in Venice. The choir has disseminated its music at various international festivals and choral competitions around the world. In 2007, Coralia visited Vendrell, birthplace of Pablo Casals in Catalonia, where they gave a concert in the Pau Casals Auditorium.

Coralia was founded in 1982 by Lucio Acevedo, and is composed of students and ex-alumni with solid musical experience and preparation. Their repertoire covers all historical periods of musical compositions, including Puerto Rican and Latin American folk. They have professionally played with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Culturarte's opera galas and the Casals Festival, among others.





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