The “Città di Oristano” Choir was founded in February 1976, with the aim of contributing to the spread of choral and instrumental music”. The Direction was immediately entrusted to Maestro Olinto Contardo who made a basic choice regarding the symphonic-choral repertoire, while not neglecting classical polyphony.
Under his direction several concertos were made for “choir and orchestra only” performing, among others, the “Gloria, Credo e Magnificat” by A. Vivaldi; Te Deum by Charpentier.
From 1981 to 1993 M°Contardo was succeeded by Maestro Don Carlo Pisu under his direction, the choir resumed concert activity, devoting itself above all to sacred and profane classical polyphony and traditional folk songs, reaching high levels of interpretation.
Since 1994 the direction was entrusted to Maestro Massimo Dotto, who expands the repertoire, drawing both from the copious sources of the Roman and Venetian School and from modern and contemporary authors, his direction is characterized by an intense concert activity in numerous locations in Sardinia, Italy and abroad.
Since May 2019 the direction has been entrusted to Maestro Gian Walter Ledda who, while continuing the long tradition of the previous conductors, devotes particular attention to the performance practice and vocality of the various repertoires ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary polyphonics, passing from Renaissance polyphony to Baroque and Romantic music.
The Choir, in the 45 uninterrupted years of its amateur activity, has participated in several International Festivals in France, Lithuania and Spain, among all stands out for importance that of the “International Days of Choral Singing” in Marseille where with choirs from all over Europe were performed the “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.
For several years he organized the “Incontri Musicali Oristanesi” festival and other choral events in which choirs from Sardinia, the Peninsula, Slovenia, France, Lithuania and Spain participated.
Since the year of its foundation, moreover, the Choir provides liturgical service in the Conventual Church of San Francesco di Oristano.