Monday, June 8, 2015

Ireland just became more affordable - 2016 Ireland Choir Festival with Elena Sharkova

Dear Friends

Happy summer to you all! I hope that vacation plans are on your calendars and alarm clocks can be silenced for a few weeks :-)

Shall we plan next summer?

With the stabilizing of the US dollar at .90 to the Euro, KIconcerts is passing on further reductions for my festival in Ireland next year.

The price for both the 8 and 9 day programs has now dropped another $200 per person. This includes the combined and individual performance opportunities, travel insurance, group tips, two fine meals a day, charter coaches and fine tour managers, all the sightseeing and good hotel accommodation (wow— say all that five times fast!). It also includes the airfare (based on fares from NY – count on aprox $200 for West Coast add on fares) and one complimentary package for every 20 travelers (non singers and singers alike).

KIconcerts will lock in these prices even if the exchange rates change!

I wonder if there is ever going to be a cheaper time to travel to Europe. Really — let’s go!

I hope this helps you to consider joining me and other fine young singers (including Cantabile Youth Singers that I direct) in the West of Ireland and then Dublin - places steeped in great history, culture and whimsy.

Please be in touch if this is something you think might be achievable for you and even some of your singers if your full choir cannot travel internationally next year.

Best wishes for a great summer,

Elena Sharkova

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ireland just became more affordable - 2016 Ireland Choir Festival with Janet Galván

Dear Friends

With the stabilizing of the US dollar at .90 to the Euro, KIconcerts is passing on further reductions for my festival in Ireland next year.

The price for the 9 day program has now dropped another $200 per person. The cost includes the combined and individual performance opportunities, travel insurance, group tips, two fine meals a day, charter coaches and fine tour managers, all the sightseeing and good hotel accommodation. It also includes the airfare (based on fares from NY) and one complimentary package for every 20 travelers (non singers and singers alike).

KIconcerts will lock this exchange rate in for ensembles registering now!

I wonder if there is ever going to be a cheaper time to travel to Europe. I hope this helps you to consider joining me and other fine singers (including two choirs from Australia!) in Ireland, a land steeped in history, culture and whimsy. It is also of note that this festival treads a familiar path to Dublin but ends in Belfast – a beautiful city for decades shut off to visitors and the sounds of international choirs.

Please be in touch if this is something you think might be achievable for you and even some of your singers if your full choir cannot travel internationally next year.

Best wishes for a great summer

Dr. Janet Galván


Friday, May 29, 2015

A kaleidoscope of talent, destinations, people and venue

Happy Summer from KIconcerts
We wish you a happy and healthy summer while we welcome back many of our ensembles and prepare the rest for their travel over the next 6 weeks.

So far this summer: Penn State and Concordia Irvine Universities in Australia, North Alabama in Italy, Centenary in Central Europe and Herndon Ecumenical Choir in Ireland. Last week we had Council Rock South’s Orchestra in Athens and Joan Conlon’s Monteverdi Honor Choir in Rome.
Penn State Choir and Concordia Handbells in Australia, Joan Catoni Conlon in Rome
Henry Leck leads the 2015 Passion of Italy Festival, Rollo Dilworth - Notes of Joy in Dublin and Belfast, Karen Kennedy heads a festival of American, Austrian and German choirs in Vienna and Salzburg, while Anna Hamre heads to Greece to lead our summer festival there.
Henry Leck, Karen Kennedy, Anna Hamre, Rollo Dilworth
Our custom tours continue with school, college and community ensembles from California to New York performing in Italy, Germany, France, the Milan Expo, Austria, Greece, Spain and Peru.
KI in France, Italy, Peru, Czech Republic

I am on the road throughout this period visiting with groups across Europe having just returned from overseeing the Australian tours. Lance and Tanya are in the office throughout the summer working on your 2016 and 2017 concert touring plans.

In addition to the custom tours we have these amazing festival leaders programming festivals around the world in 16 and 17: Z Randall Stroope, Craig Hella Johnson, Simon Carrington, Janet Galván, Rollo Dilworth, Henry Leck, Elena Sharkova, Larry Wyatt, Frank Ticheli and John Dickson.

Oliver Scofield
Executive Chairman

Destinations | Band Festivals | Choir Festivals | Contact KI


Monday, May 4, 2015

Henry Leck becomes KI’s first Distinguished Music Advisor


Dear friends

With great pleasure, KIconcerts announces that Henry Leck has become our first Distinguished Music Advisor.

Henry Leck - A Week in KIconcerts World of MusicThis appointment complements a distinguished career of teaching at Butler University, building the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, leading festivals around the globe, adjudicating, mentoring and simply bringing wisdom, talent and joy to every choral setting of which he is a part.

We are honored to welcome Henry Leck in this new capacity which will see him:
•  Continue to lead summer festivals for KI
   o 2016 in the South of France
   o 2017 in Ireland
•  Provide advice to Directors with whom KI is in contact
•  Develop and advise on new choral projects staged across the world 
•  Encourage new talent and exchange opportunities in five continents.

We look forward to discussing new touring initiatives with you now that Henry has graciously agreed to be a resource in this new capacity.

Welcome Henry!!!

Oliver Scofield & Michael Clohesy


Friday, May 1, 2015

Sydney, Australia - 2 opportunities to see The Pennsylvania State University Concert Choir

This great American choir, directed by Christopher Kiver, is performing twice only in Sydney. Their talented singers invite you to join two exciting evenings of exhilarating choral music.
With Sydney’s own Joubert Singers directed by Rachelle Elliott
Villa Maria Catholic Church, 3 Mary Street, Hunters Hill
$20 or ($30 for two tickets) – JoubertSingers@gmail.com

With the Chapel Choir of St. Andrew’s College directed by Sarah Penicka-Smith
Kinross Mackie Chapel, St. Andrew’s College, 19 Carillion Ave, Newtown

Program selected from the works of composers such as Dan Walker, J.S Bach, Henry Purcell, Béla Bartók and Matthew Orlovich (in the presence of the composer Matthew Orlovich on 14 May)

The Pennsylvania State University Concert Choir has toured Europe, performing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Great Britain. Within the US, they have performed extensively within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, New England, Louisiana, and the Southwest.

Performing music from the Renaissance through to the present, recent performances of major choral works has included Symphony no.2 in C minor, “Resurrection” by Mahler, "Ein deutsches Requiem" by Brahms, Symphony no. 9 in D minor by Beethoven, Verdi's "Requiem," and Poulenc’s “Gloria.” The Concert Choir comprises undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines and is directed by Christopher Kiver.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Concordia University Irvine Handbells - 3 free performances in Australia


Concordia University Irvine Handbells
– one of America’s finest!!!

3 FREE performances only in Australia.

BRISBANE - 3pm, 9 May
All Hallows’ School, Ann St, Brisbane
With the All Hallows’ Handbell Ensemble & The Brisbane Bells

SYDNEY - 12.30pm, 13 May
St Andrew’s Cathedral, George St, Sydney
With Sydney’s Kevinwood Bells with guest soprano, Christine Smith
Concert as part of the “YOUNG Music” lunchtime recital series donations invited

BAROSSA VALLEY - 2pm, 16 May
St Petri Lutheran Church, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley

You are invited to join in the excitement of their first Australian tour! Further information/seat reservation requests – info@KIconcerts.com


The handbell program at Concordia University, a Lutheran university in Sthn California, includes up to 50 ringers annually in five ensembles. Concert Handbells is the most select ensemble which performs in concerts, tours, festivals, and special events. Spirit Bells is also an auditioned ensemble performing in similar events. Resound! is a small ensemble selected from the tour groups. These groups have performed in 34 states and provinces throughout North America as well as in ten nations of Europe and Asia. The ensembles perform on five octaves of Schulmerich and five octaves of Malmark handbells as well as six octaves of Malmark Choirchimes and five octaves of Schulmerich Handchimes.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A new world of music destinations

KIconcerts: A New World of Music Destinations
March is busy at KI. I am on tour this spring break with ensembles in England, Hungary, Austria and France. I have also just been in Croatia to look at exceptional venues in Dubrovnik, Mostar, Split and Zagreb. Our Italy tours begin in May and continue through to July.

We are also preparing tours in India, China, Australia, Greece, Turkey as well as Ireland, Estonia and New Zealand for 2015/16.

I am traveling with these ensembles while our Tour Managers get to know our Directors, to check that hotels, restaurants and buses are keeping to the KI standards and of course to ensure the venues are welcoming, audiences plentiful and concert arrangements worthy of their hard work and talent.

While on the road I am in constant touch with Tanya and Lance as they develop your tour proposals. With oil prices down and the US dollar up there hasn’t been a better time to plan an international tour.

Join us in KI’s world of music.

Sincerely
Oliver Scofield