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1st International Libero Canto Conference
March 1, 2016
Libero Canto held its first international conference in the Hague, Netherlands. There were 11 participants from 9 different countries, including Hungary, Holland, Austria, Canada, the U.S., Italy, Ireland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.
We were grateful to have the opportunity to meet our wider professional family. We exchanged lessons and shared our experiences and our love of the Libero Canto approach. We delved into the fundamental principles of the work and explored both our disagreements and our common ground in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We learned an enormous amount! We made music together, and we listened to recordings of the great singers we revere. It was particularly moving to listen to recordings of Cantor Ladislav Blum, the husband of Teresa Blumova, and of Astrid Hellesnes Hukvari, a student of Lajos Szamosi. Special thanks to Jana Lewitová, who gave us a taste of her amazing musical world.
This first conference was an intense, challenging, fascinating, and ultimately very moving experience for those involved.