Treat yourself! Dazzling Tutarchela-IWA choir performs June 14th, 7pm, Goethe Institute

Tutarchela-International choir will perform 19 songs from 10 countries at the “Musical Bridges” concert on June 14th; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

Tamar Buadze; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012

Tamar Buadze conducting the Tutarchela-International women’s choir with members of IWA Georgia; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

Story by Susanna Melo

First, Tamar Buadze began conducting the only Georgian women’s choir, Tutarchela, at the Folklore School of Music #2 in Rustavi. Next, IWA Cultural Chair Nana Kalandadze, who believes that music has always been “the most understandable language and bridge between people,” had an idea. Then Maya Frank-Hennig, wife of the German Ambassador to Georgia, sought the Tutarchela choir to form a joint venture of Georgian and international women singing together. Finally, IWA member Gabi Schoch branded the upcoming performance “Musical Bridges!”

Powerful ideas, powerful women, powerful voices formed this dazzling women’s choir which sings both Georgian and international songs. Keith and I had the pleasure today to attend a rehearsal of this joint group effort.  We will not miss their performance at the Goethe Institute Tbilisi, Sandukeli 16, on June 14th,  at 7 p.m.

Tamuna Gogatishvili and Maya Frank-Hennig; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

Bass player; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

Flutist Tamari; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

Pianist Lela; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.


Tutarchela International Choir

Click here to hear the Tutarchela International Choir


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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