Saint Nicholas Choir Litija
|Zbor svetega Nikolaja Litija|
|Valvazorjev trg 1, SI-1270 Litija|
|Helena Fojkar Zupančič, Conductor|
|Janez Klobčar, Assistant|
Cooperation and international character
The Saint Nicholas Choir Litija has cooperated with many renowned soloists and ensembles, such as: RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and conductor David de Villiers, trumpeter , bass-baritone , pianist , singer and so on. In July 2011 the choir performed as a part of a massive choir in Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony under the famous conductor Valery Gergijev. The Saint Nicholas Choir Litija has also cooperated with one of the world's greatest experts on gospel and spiritual music Paul A. Smith from the USA. The choir is managed by the Nova Kultura Litija cultural organisation and is a member of the European Choir Union Europa Cantat.
The repertoire of the Saint Nicholas Choir Litija spans many different musical periods. They give special attention to Slovene folk songs (many of them have been recorded on their latest album Eno drevce) and sacred music (compositions of, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Lajos Bardos, etc.). Celebrated contemporary Slovene composers – , , , , and – have also written new compositions for this choir.
Prizes and competitions
The choir has received many awards and prizes at the following national and international choir competitions: Naša pesem Choir Competition in 2005 (first place and a golden plaque), 7th International Choral Competition in Maribor 2004 (second place and all of the special awards), 45th International Choral Competition C. A. Seghizzi 2006, Italy (third place in the monographic programme), International Choir Competition Venezia in Musica in Venice, Italy 2011 (first place).