Young Naperville Singers Perform in Naperville's Sister City, Nitra, Slovakia
Jul 26, 2017 5:07 PM -
Naperville, Illinois-July 23, 2017- Bella Voce, the advanced girls' choir of Young Naperville Singers (YNS), is currently touring in Europe until July 29. The choir is conducted by YNS Artistic Director Angie Johnson, and accompanied by Matthew Gemmill, who are both leading the tour through Austria, Germany and Italy, featuring a special stop in Nitra, Slovakia, Naperville's sister city. On July 21, the choir sang for the local residents of Nitra, Slovakia, in the town's cultural center, where they were met by dignitaries, including the Deputy Mayor of Nitra, and the US Ambassador to Slovakia, Adam Sterling. The concert repertoire included a variety of pieces ranging from Franz Josef Haydn to American gospel songs. The highlight of the evening was a song native to Slovakia, "Mila Moja", in which the Bella Voce girls performed in the Slovak language. The song was thoroughly enjoyed by the Nitra audience, who so appreciated hearing their native language sung by an American choir. This performance was highly anticipated by the local residents who filled the hall to standing room only and who demonstrated their love of the music with a standing ovation.