The XIII Slavic Crown International Festival-Competition was held in Kranevo, the Republic of Bulgaria, between 20 and 31 August 2014. The competition brought together over 500 performers of various genres and ages who presented the art and national culture of Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Georgia, Belarus, Denmark and Poland, to name a few.
Steppe Dawns Folk Orchestra was awarded the first level diploma for performing Edvin Marton’s famous Tosca Fantasy (Violin and Sea) by Puccini. Edvin Marton is a Ukrainian composer and violinist of Hungarian origin. In addition, the first level diploma was awarded to Olexandra Serbul, a fourth year student (toughed by N.V. Sveschinska, Associate Professor, Cand. Sc. (Education) for performing “Metelitsa” by M. Sylvansky. Award winners also included students Vitaliy Prysiashny and Tetiana Kondratenko. The vocal duet of Khrystyna Tomko and Tetiana Kondratenko (class of the Senior Teacher L.V. Gaidai) performed the famous Volodymyr Ivasiuk’s “The Song Will Always Be Among Us”. The performance touched the feelings of both the audience and jury and rendered the duet the third level diploma. Xenia Nohovitsyna, a second year student, delivered a rather experimental performance in the performing arts nomination. She recited “I Say To You: Sing!” – a famous epiphany by Latvian poet Imants Ziedonis – and was awarded the second level diploma.
As has been duly noted by the festival’s experts, the collective from Kirovohrad and its principal performers demonstrated a high skill that contributed to the preservation, development and promotion of the music culture as well as bringing the larger sections of the public closer to the achievements of the global musical heritage. An invitation to participate in the international festival-competitions in Georgia and Poland has become yet another pleasant surprise for the team.