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   Since October 2003, with Federico Mantovani

Thanks to this new conductor, the choir goes on towards both musical education or diffusion of choral repertoire,( to unattended provincial centres too), and by learning and performing important choral-symphonic works.

A vocal style laboratory, supported by the “W.Stauffer” foundation and several performances in the provinces, through 2004, documented the choir care for musical education and diffusion. At Easter, Perosi’s  Passione secondo San Marco was also performed, along with Mantovani’s composition specifically dedicated to the choir. In 2005, an original program of world premieres, based on Francesco Petrarca’s  lyrics, concluded the Poet’s birth fifth centenary jubilee.

The same year, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle performances were numerous e.g. at Alaquàs, within the twinning projects of Cremona and the Spanish town. Still in 2005, Brahm’s Deutches Requiem was performed in the cathedral of Cremona, accompanied by Orchestra Filarmonica di Verona. In addition, for Mozart’s 250th birth centenary, within the "Festival Terre d’Acqua" and the season "Musica di Fine Estate", various concerts at Viadana, Pandino and in the cathedral of Cremona were successfully performed.

In 2007, within  musical events to celebrate Cremona cathedral ninth centenary, the interpretation of Mantovani’s  Cantata Pater Pauperum, dedicated to the town patron saint Omobono, featured a major event.

In 2008, to emphasize the choir’s forty-years-old activity, Dvorjak’s Stabat Mater was performed and a book on the Coro Polifonico was edited, gathering deeds and considerations on the choir’s story, along with personal contributions and essays.

The same year, invited by Teatro Ponchielli, the Coro Polifonico performed, as a conclusion of the opera season, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, for the composer’s 150th birth anniversary.

   Ten years with H. Raùl Dominguez

Since January 1993, after Mons. Dante Caifa’s renunciation, and up to September 2003, the new quire conductor has been the Argentinian  Raùl Dominguez. His artistic choices made new points of view known to the choir, performing XIX and XX century composers , such as Frank, Bruckner, Brahms, Saint Saens, Fauré, Strawinskj, Ives, Britten, Janacek, Respighi, Duruflé, all unusual to an amateur choir. Among the most considerable cremonese performances of those years, can be mentioned Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (1993), Stravinsky’s Mass (1994), Fauré’s Requiem (1995), Handel’s Messiah  uncut version and Stravinsky’s Psalms Symphony (1998), Beethoven’s Mass in C (1999), Brahm’s Deutches Requiem (2000) and Haydn’s Creation (2002).

In the meanwhile, the choir profitably collaborated with other important musical associations of the town e.g. with the Gruppo Musica Insieme in a Stravinsky’s program and the Rassegna Spazionovecento (1994 and 1998); with Antonella Soana’s “Schola Gregoriana” in a Gregorian chant and polyphonic concert dedicated to Palestrina and Orlando di Lasso (1994).

For two years, in collaboration with the provincial government and the town council, the Coro Polifonico proposed, particularly to students and young people, a “choral singing laboratory”,on a teaching program prior to a closing concert. Orff’s Carmina Burana (Teatro Ponchielli-Cremona, 1996) and Honegger’s oratorio “Le Roi David” (Cremona cathedral, 1996) were the successful issue of those two productions.

Collaborating with Cremona Teatro Ponchielli and the orchestra “I Pomeriggi Musicali”, the choir also performed a concert dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi for his centenary (2001) and Ponchielli’s Messa Solenne modern-day première (2002).

   25 years with the first choirmaster, Mons.Dante Caifa

As a cultural association since 1984, the choir worked together with public bodies and town institutions on various cultural activities, besides proper musical events, e.g. a documentary exhibition on music and the musicians of Cremona cathedral from the XV to the XVII century (1989), along with a catalogue of specific essays and the annals of the Cappella delle Laudi del Sabato from 1596 up to 1666.

During its long activity, the choir set up two annual appointments in the cathedral: Christmas and Easter most appreciated concerts, presenting sacred music (masses, motets, responsories) and other religious pieces, such as Stabat Mater and Magnificat by G.B. Pergolesi, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Magnificat from Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi and Bach’s Magnificat. The soloists were Adriana Anelli, Leo Nucci, Myriam Gauci, Mario Bolognesi, Giusy Devinu, Carlo Zardo, Gastone Sarti, Orazio Mori, Marikyn Turner, Laura Groppi, Masako Tanaka Protti, Natascia Sevastianova, Ilaria Geroldi, Marina Morelli.

Other numerous performances, some on prestigious occasions, include the polyphonic concert at St Cosma and Damiano’s in Rome (1982); the première of the Sacred Music Festival in Caen (Normandy, 1985); the Monteverdi concert at St Marcellino’s (Cremona, 1985); the concerts in the church of Peace in Brescia and at St Marco’s in Milan (1986); the participation in the concert season at Alba (1992).

In 1987, a cd was recorded, including pieces of classical polyphony and Angelo Campori’s Stabat Mater. The recording came out thanks to the provincial government aid and was welcomed by the review “Musica” in august 1988.

In November 1992, the choir realized, in collaboration with the Cremona school of musical palaeography and the “W. Stauffer” foundation, an important event to celebrate Marc’Antonio Ingegneri’s death fourth centenary. High reputed musicologists and two concerts revived the memory of that distinguished musician, who was responsible for Claudio Monteverdi’s education.