A Cappellissimo is a Norwegian mixed chamber choir conducted by Grete Daling. Our ambition is to make high quality a cappella music from multiple genres, ranging from Norwegian folk music to classical music or Cuban salsa rhythms. We always strive to make an emotional imprint in our audience’s hearts.
The choir´s main focus is a cappella music, but we also cooperate with artists and musicians from time to time. In spring 2013 we had a special project with the Serbian accordionist Jovan Pavlovic, and this soul shaking rhytmical meeting actually inspired us to make a trip to Serbia this September. There we will meet two choirs, the chamber choir Vox Slavicum from Belgrade and the youth mixed choir from the Music School Josif Marinković in Zrenjanin, both of which are highly-regarded and prestigious choirs.
A Cappellissimo will arrive in Belgrade September 17th 2014. Concerts will be held Friday September 19th in Baroque Hall (Zrenjanin) and Saturday September 20th in Cultural Institution Palilula (Belgrade). The repertoire will consist of mostly Norwegian folk tunes, but also a few songs from southern Europe, including a Serbian surprise that involves a local accordionist.
The concert title «Tra-di-da!» doesn’t mean anything specific. They are in fact nonsense syllables, often used in Norwegian folk tunes to express joy and happiness. The title implies that you don’t need to understand the words to feel the emotion of the music, which is exactly what we experienced when we performed folk tunes from the Balkan area last spring. Even though we didn’t understand the words, the music outlined vivid pictures of happiness, sadness, anger, despair, love, hope and faith.
Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to spread our musical pictures and passion to many people in Belgrade and Zrenjanin, in the same way as Jovan Pavlovic shared his passion with us last year in Trondheim. Thanks to the organization Tutti Serbia, we have a really nice program awaiting for us. See you in Serbia!