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The Lobachevsky University Choir won two gold medals at the Far Eastern Choir Olympiad, which took place in Vladivostok on 25-29 October. 80 choirs from all over the country, including those from Moscow, Chita, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, took part in the first national festival of choral art.

The Nizhny Novgorod singers were among the best in the categories "Mixed Choirs" and "Contemporary Music". The UNN choir conducted by Larisa Erykalova showed a wide range of musical skills: its competition programme included, among other works, such diverse pieces as the composition The show must go on by the rock band Queen and spiritual music by the Soviet composer Georgy Sviridov.

"This is a truly landmark event for our choir. We can now say that we have travelled across our country from north to south and from west to east, visiting Arkhangelsk and Sochi, Kaliningrad and Vladivostok. This is the furthest point in the geography of the UNN choir's trips in Russia. We are very pleased that the university supported us, and we are glad that we lived up to the expectations placed on us. We came to Vladivostok with the largest line-up of all Russian university choirs represented there," said Larisa Erykalova, artistic director and conductor of the UNN choir.

The Far Eastern Choir Olympiad participants included children's, student and adult choirs, as well as academic, folk and pop vocal ensembles. Renowned choral conductors and composers evaluated the ten competition categories. Master classes were organised for the participants by members of the jury, while the audience, in addition to the competition performances, enjoyed concerts at the best venues in Vladivostok: the Mariinsky Theatre's Primorsky Stage, the Primorsky Regional Philharmonic Hall, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Far Eastern Federal University.