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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Brown County Civic Music presents Jitro

Meaning “Daybreak” in Czech, Jitro is more than just a girls’ choir from Hradec Kralove, a town in the Czech Republic. It is an organization of 500 children in seven preparatory ensembles, of which only the best 25 to 30 qualify to tour. For 35 years they have been admired around the world for their tonal brilliance, superb intonation, distinctive rich blend of sound and energetic vitality. Considered one of the best children’s choirs in the world, Jitro will perform as part of the Brown County Civic Music series. During their stay in Green Bay, the Czech girls, ages 14-19, will be guests of members of the Green Bay Girl Choir and their families.

Jitro “The Daybreak” Girls Choir from the Czech Republic

Jitro “The Daybreak” Girls Choir from the Czech Republic

March 3rd—7:30 pm; doors open at 7:00 (open seating)
Ralph Holter Auditorium in Green Bay West High School
Tickets: $25, adults; $10 students
Reception for concertgoers at Titletown Brewing Company following concert
bccivicmusic@gmail.com or 920-338-1801 for more information

See also:
The complete biography of Jitro
The program to be performed
The season listing

Since 1984 the choir has won 17 international competitions. In 2003 Jitro achieved the absolute victory, competing with 171 choruses from all over the world, at the international Songs Festival in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Jitro participated in six categories and won six gold medals.

The most recent USA tour, in 2008, included the Overture Center in Madison, WI. Their last overseas tour took place in Japan 2010, where the choir celebrated their new CD, “The Eternal Rainbow”, recorded in Tokyo and finalized in Czech Republic. Jitro CDs will be sold at the Civic Music concert.

Artistic director and conductor Professor Jiri Skopal, Ph.D. has been associated with the Czech Girls’ Choir since 1977. In 1982, he also formed a boys’ choir. A teacher, professor and the head of the Department of Music at University of Hradec Kralove, Prof. Skopal has published essays and choir education textbooks and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Professor Skopal works with accompanist Michael Chrobak.

Program – JITRO “The Daybreak”

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Girls Choir from the Czech Republic

Program | Season Listing | Biography

Dr. Jiri Skopal, Conductor
Michal Chrobak, Pianist

Program

March 3, 2012; 7:30pm, Ralph Hoelter Auditorium

Ascendit Deus – Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591)

Favete linquis singuli – Jan Campanus Vodnanský (1572-1622)

Kyrie eleison – Henk Badings (1907-1989)

A Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Procession
Wolcum Yole!
There is no rose
Balulalou
As dew in Aprille
This little Babe
Deo Gratias
Recession

Moravské dvojzpěvy (Moravian Duets ) – Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)

The Shlighted Heart
Parting without Sorrow
The Pledge of Love
Forsaken
The Modest Maid
The Ring

Largo (from “The New World Symphony”) – Antonin Dvorak (arr. Evzen Zamecnik)

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor – Irving Berlin (1888-1989)

INTERMISSION

Proc bychom se netesili (from the Opera, “The Bartered Bride”) – Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)

Tovacovsky hate (Tovacov fascine roads) (arr. Milan Uherek)
Na tom bosileckym mostku (On the Bosilec Foot-bridge) (arr. Frantisek Picha)

Moravske lidove pisne (Moravian folk songs) – Otmar Macha (1922-2006)

Maryjanek (Marjoram)
Helekacka (Whooping)
Lastuvenka (Little chimney swallow)

Oh, Mountain, Oh! – Otmar Macha

Folk Song Selections – Otakar Jeremias (1892-1962)

Dance, Dance – Miroslav Raichl (1930-1998)

Gorale – Jan Vicar (1949)

Biography – JITRO “The Daybreak”

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Girls Choir from the Czech Republic

Program | Season Listing | Biography

Jitro “The Daybreak” Girls Choir from the Czech Republic

Jitro “The Daybreak” Girls Choir from the Czech Republic

JITRO, meaning “Daybreak” in Czech, is more than just a concert choir from Hradec Kralove, a town in the Czech Republic. It is an organization of 500 children in seven preparatory ensembles, of which only the best 25 or 30 qualify to tour.  For 35 years they have been admired all over the world for their tonal brilliance, superb intonation, distinctive rich blend of sound and energetic vitality.  Jitro is today seen as one of the best children’s choirs anywhere in the world.  Many golden awards have been bestowed on the choir by international juries.  The list can begin with the prestigious European contests in Llangollen (1988), Nantes (1989), Lecco (1990) and Neerpelt (1996) and finish with  the recent World competitions in Olomouc (2003) and Xiamen (2006).

America’s love of Jitro was re-born when the choir was invited to sing at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in San Antonio, Texas in 1993. Standing ovations were given by thousands of professional American conductors in the auditorium.  An official response from Dr. J. B. Haberlen, ACDA President, “Our ACDA members will long remember your concerts, as they were a major highlight of the 1993 convention.”  The excitement in this select audience of choral conductors and their sustained applause attest to this fact.  Professor Doreen Rao of Toronto University commented, “Are you aware that you have just changed forever the character and style of all American choral singing?”

Jitro Choir makes over 100 appearances annually and has sung with other renowned choruses, including the American Boys’ Choir.  Jitro has performed with the Bavarian Symphonic Orchestra, the Milano Symphonic Orchestra and Pardubice Philharmonic.  They have performed in prestigious concert halls in Prague, Barcelona, Hale, Bern, Basle, Dortmund, Avignon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Austin, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis, Madison, Chicago, Penn State University, New York City, Huston, San Antonio, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Xiamen, and many more.

The Jitro Choir’s classical discography includes 20 solo Jitro discs. They have recorded with various companies like BMA, Classico, and Amabile. The recent discography of the choir contains a special edition of CDs devoted to famous composers associated somehow with the choir, Bohuslav Martinu, Otmar Macha, Petr Eben, Ilja Hurník.

In the year 2003 Jitro achieved the absolute victory, competing with one hundred seventy-one choruses from all over the world, at the international Songs Festival in Olomouc, Czech Republic.  Jitro participated in six categories and was granted six golden medals  (scoring one hundred points twice). The international commitment of the choir during that year included tours to USA, Switzerland (two tours), Germany (four tours), France (four tours), Poland and Austria. A very similar scenario has been repeated each year up to now. Since 1984 the choir Jitro always only won at international competitions, total 17 times (!!!), what attests to the continuing excellence by Jitro.

The choir took part in the Fourth World Choir Games 2006 in Xiamen, China in July 2006 and competed with four hundred choirs from all over the world.  They received three gold medals and one silver medal, which attests to the continuing excellence by Jitro.

Jitro choir permanently verifies its distinction by competing with other choirs. In July 2009 the choir achieved absolute victory in the BM competition in Pardubice, Czech Republic, having won in all categories they applied to and in the finale the choir was awarded the Grand Prix by unanimous verdict of all jury members.

The recent overseas tours were Japan 2007, USA 2008 (US tours already No. 10 and 11 in the row, the last one having been accepted really very well  – see critics attached).  The last overseas tour took place in Japan 2010, where the choir celebrated also the new CD “The Eternal Rainbow” recorded in Tokyo and finalized in Czech Republic. Jitro performed there 10 big concerts in large concert halls where the audience was several times over 1000 people. The choir was accepted in Japan very warmly. Mr. Ando, professor of music at Yokohama University said after the concert:

“Three years ago I considered that Jitro was the best choir all over the world, but you have technically even improved since that time. Some songs, e.g. Hillbillies (Jan Vicar) would not be mastered by any other choir worldwide.”

Artistic director and conductor Professor Jiri Skopal, Ph.D. is associated with the Czech Girls’ Choir (Jitro) since 1977.  In 1982, he also formed a boys’ choir.  Professor Skopal has been a teacher, professor and the head of the Department of Music at University of  Hradec Kralove. He has also published essays and choir education textbooks.  Professor Skopal is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He was the very first person to be awarded the prestigious prize “Primus Inter Pares” by the City of Hradec Kralove for his outstanding contributions to the regional culture.  Professor Skopal works with accompanist Michael Chrobak on many artistic activities for the choir, including the development of their repertoire.

Address Change?

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

If your address has changed in the past year, please notify the Civic Music office by e-mail at bccivicmusic@gmail.com or calling 920-338-1801. Brochures for next season’s concert series will be mailed in late April. They will not be forwarded.

Free Concert?

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The final concert of the season, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, on Sat., May 19th, is a free bonus concert for new members joining the 2012-13 season. Watch for details in the next issue of E-Notes!