[Unpad.ac.id, 15/08/2013] Having successfully held a cultural concert in Andorra, Spain and won two titles in the 59th International Contest of Habbanera and Polyphony of Torrevieja on July 22-28, 2013, Unpad Student Choir (PSM) received warmest reception in the XXI Choralies Vaison de la Romane festival in France for their excellent performances of “enchantment of Indonesia.”
PSM began its first performance on August 5 in Rasteau and in three other locations, presenting traditional dances, angklung musical performance, and traditional songs. On the following day, conducted by Bradly Allred, PSM performed 3 masterpieces of Titatic Requiem, accompanied by Chamber Orchestra from Romania. PSM was the first choir to present Donal Patriquin compositions in Europe.
PSM did not just stop there. It amazed more audience by traditional songs and dance performance in Theatre Du Nymphee, Vaison la Romaine. The building where the concert was held was crowded with entertained audience, consistently giving standing ovation and shouting request for encore. What’s more, even before the performance, many came to watch PSM rehearse.
The festival held every three year on the first of August began in 1953. It hosts selected choirs from Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. PSM was elected representative of Asian region upon receiving personal invitation from Jean Claude Wilkens, adjudicator of the 48th Montreaux Choral Festival, in which PSM came as overall winner.
The consistently excellent performance that PSM shows receives positive responses from various artists, adjudicators, and prominent conductors worldwide and attracts more offers to compete in many international choir competitions. The news has it that in May 2014, PSM will take part in an international competition in Germany, and international choir festival in the Netherlands afterward.