I will be there (1) – Günter Titsch

Aug 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Choir Events, Personal Reports, President's Blog, Top Post, World Choir Games
Photo: Michael Keating

Photo: Michael Keating

“I will be there” is a new series in the World Choir Games 2014 monthly newsletter. The first issue is with INTERKULTUR President Günter Titsch who talks about what to expect in Riga. Subscribe for the newsletter here.

Why will you be at the World Choir Games 2014?
I’m the President of INTERKULTUR, the German-based organizer of the World Choir Games. In this capacity I attend many events onstage and behind the scenes of the World Choir Games. As an example, I’m at the official Opening Ceremony and ring the Peace Bell of the World Choir Games, and I’m also at the Closing Event when the World Choir Games flag will be handed over from the 2014 host city to the 2016 one.

Which other World Choir Games did you already attend?
Needless to say, I never missed a World Choir Games from the very beginning. The first host city was Linz/Austria in the year 2000, followed by Busan/Korea (2002), Bremen/Germany (2004), Xiamen/China (2006), Graz/Austria (2008), Shaoxing/China (2010) and Cincinnati/USA (2012). I’m always proud to see how this event developed over the last decade. Each host city gave its individual feature to the event. So we can be sure that the World Choir Games 2014 in Riga, Latvia will be a completely different experience than the World Choir Games 2012 in Cincinnati USA were. Every single participant will make new, intercultural experience to be remembered for the whole life.

What’s your most special memory of a World Choir Games experience?
One of the most touching moments for me at every World Choir Games is the Awards Ceremony when choirs learn their results and the Champions of the World Choir Games are announced. I enjoy awarding the trophies to the choir conductors and to witness their joy and pride about their successes very close – the reward for their hard work over the last months and years.

Why are you especially looking forward to the World Choir Games 2014 in Riga?
The World Choir Games 2014 will be organized in a region of Europe where singing became a huge and peaceful power. In Latvia singing is not only a symbol of the national independence – everyone, every child, every adult sings and holds the songs of their nation deep in their soul. The fantastic quality of the Latvian choirs has been proven in INTERKULTUR events since the foundation of the IK event series in 1988 – more than 70 Latvian choirs have participated and have been honored with Golden Diplomas and medals as well as with the title “Champion of the WCG”. Not only for these reasons, but also because of the fantastic and centrally located event venues Riga is the perfect place to host the biggest international choir competition of the world.

What does music mean to you?
Music for me is a strong power to overcome cultural, religious and language barriers, a high way to bring people together in song. That’s why from the very beginning the World Choir Games are being held with the slogan “Singing together brings nations together”.

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