AMU Chamber Choir
AMU Chamber Choir run by prof. Krzysztof Szydzisz has been performing on stage since 1992. It is one of the best university choirs in Poland. It is composed of the AMU students, graduates and young AMU teachers as well as of students, graduates and teachers of other Poznan universities.
The choir performs music in a variety of styles (a cappella pieces, as wells as vocal and instrumental forms of all the epochs) - it takes the audience by surprise with its newer and newer projects. It also sang Jewish music, sailor songs, it stepped in the rhythm of Astor Piazzola tango, it spinned around to the rhythm of the Gypsy songs (in cooperation with Miklosz Deki Czureja and Tatra Roma band), it sang satirical songs for the repertoire of the cabaret named Kabaret Starszych Panów, it accompanied the acrobats during Malta festival, it sang Spanish carols as well as jazz carols and even tried to scare the audience dressed up as the vampires (The Vampire Killers, Polański/Komeda). It also commemorated the atrocities of the 2nd World War within the nostalgic project Music in concentration camps.
The characteristic feature of the AMU Chamber Choir is its unique sound of the choir which is owed to the work with the conductor - a specialist in vocal production. Its recipe for success is as follows: first of all, a good organization and a cooperation between people. Great solo singers are a great asset of the choir. Their wide ranging skills are appreciated by the audience as well as by renowned Poznanian composers. The Chamber Choir actively participates in the life of the city and the University, and gives concerts both in Poland and abroad. It is known across Europe (it sang in the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden, Vatican, Great Britain and Italy), and in the USA, Australia and other exotic places in the world such as: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and even South Korea. Most of these foreign visits are connected with the participation of the choir in a number of contests, in which the choir wins prestigious awards, receives recognition from the jury members and the audience as well as from the international choir member community. It is the laureate of a number of festivals among others in Legnica, Międzyzdroje, Suwałki and Llangollen (Great Britain), Malta, in Vienna and in Busan (South Korea). In 2009 the choir won 2nd award the youth choir category at the prestigious International Choir Competition Euroradia Let the Peoples Sing - Oslo'2009. The Hilliard Ensemble, Paco Peňa, Susan Moninger, Jürgen Müller (La Fura Dels Baus), orchestra named Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Radio Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal, Ewa Bem, Stanisław Soyka, Magda Umer, Jarosław Bręk, Iwona Hossa, Andrzej Poniedzielski, Zbigniew Grochal, Andrzej Lajborek, Marek Szurawski, Zbigniew Kozub, Marek Jasiński, Romuald Twardowski, Paweł Łukaszewski, Milosz Bembinow, Marcin Sompoliński, Łukasz Borowicz, Marek Pijarowski, Jerzy Salwarowski, Zbigniew Łowżył, Bogdan Hołownia, Jarosław Kostka, Waldemar Malicki - these are just a few names of great artists and groups with whom the Chamber Choir has had the pleasure to cooperate. The Choir has also released several records: Tobie i sobie piewam (2003), Piosenka jest dobra na wszystko. Piosenki Starszych Panów (2005) and Florilegium (2007). AMU Chamber Choir is the organizer of the International Festival of University Choirs Universitas Cantat, which takes place in Poznan every two years. Choir rehearsals take place twice a week, concerts - sometimes every month and sometimes every day. The conductor is a very inspiring personality, repeating to the choir: "If you have nothing to say in music, you should stop singing". This is why this choir has been singing for twenty years now...