On December 9 – 17, 2017, the Gaudeamus student choir (artistic director and conductor – Professor Stepan Datsyuk) was in Austria. Among the representatives of the Drohobych delegation, were the Mayor of Drohobych Taras Kuchma, the rector of the Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University in Drohobych, Professor Nadiya Skotna, City Council representative Iryna Kushnir, director of the Yuriy Drohobych Academic Regional Music and Drama Theater Mykola Gnatenko, assistant professors Vasyl Lopushansky, Pavlo Skotnyi, Marta Matskiv and the head of the Center for European Studies Yaroslav Lopushansky, who organized this international project.
The visit program envisaged staying in the cities of Graz and Vienna. Gaudeamus participated in the events on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day: the commemoration ceremony of the victims of the First World War in the camp of Thalerhof and the opening of the memorial table. The choir presented concert programs in the main courtyard of the Styrian Parliament, in the cities of Gratkorn and Lannach, in Hollenegg Castle, in the Vienna City Hall – all within the framework of traditional International Christmas chanting. Moving from Graz to Vienna, the delegation visited the Pilgrimage Center and the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Mariazell, where the choir gave an improvised concert of the works of Ukrainian spiritual classics.
Interesting and cognitive were the excursions to the central part of Graz, to the museum of antiquated weapons, and especially warm was the meeting with Oksana Lyniv, our compatriot, who now holds the position of the Chief Conductor in the Graz Opera House. The extraordinary beauty of Vienna’s winter and the feelings from a wonderful performance in the hall of the Vienna City Hall in front of the numerous exquisite Austrian audience will be preserved in the memory of the students. On the way home, the members of the delegation admired the views of the capital of Hungary Budapest from the castle mountain.