Friday, April 20, 2018

10 reasons to perform in Canada - including Frank Ticheli's Toronto Festival 2019

10 reasons CANADA should be your 
 2019/20 concert tour destination
  1. Familiar yet distinctive
  2. Join Frank Ticheli's Toronto Festival, June 24-28, 2019
  3. Enjoy short travel times and no jet lag
  4. Individual concerts & the combined festival band concert
  5. Affordable international travel
  6. Toronto/Niagara Falls sightseeing
  7. Exchange and collaboration opportunities
  8. Montreal – a taste of Europe in North America
  9. Hospitable, friendly and very welcoming
  10. Vancouver/Whistler – on Canada’s Pacific West
These are just some of the reasons why Canada’s one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!


10 reasons to perform in Canada - including Leck/Poloz' Toronto Festival and Sharkova's Montreal Festival

10 reasons CANADA should be your 
 2019/20 concert tour destination
  1. Familiar yet distinctive
  2. Join Elena Sharkova’s Montreal Festival (SATB), June 16-20, 2019
  3. Enjoy short travel times and no jet lag
  4. Join Henry Leck & Zimfira Poloz’ Toronto Festival (treble voices), July 1-5, 2019
  5. Affordable international travel
  6. Toronto/Niagara Falls sightseeing
  7. Exchange and collaboration opportunities
  8. Montreal – a taste of Europe in North America
  9. Hospitable, friendly and very welcoming
  10. Vancouver/Whistler – on Canada’s Pacific West
These are just some of the reasons why Canada’s one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

10 Reasons to choose COSTA RICA as your 2019 & 2020 concert tour destination

Join the performance adventure that 
 awaits you in COSTA RICA

Perform in Costa Rica
  1. Beautiful flora/fauna/vistas!!!
  2. Affordable
  3. Join the choir festival in May 2019 – Dr. Ian Loeppky with orchestral accompaniment and local musicians
  4. No jet lag
  5. Explore famous volcanos, waterfalls, lush rain forests, pristine beaches
  6. Friendly welcoming people
  7. Get adventurous! Options for ziplining, horseback riding or river rafting
  8. Closer to home
  9. Perform with locals in venues grand and intimate with city and rural immersion opportunities
  10. Learn about Costa Rica’s finest exports: coffee & tropical fruits!
Share your ensemble’s musical talent & be adventurous with us in Costa Rica!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Join Michael McGlynn, Anúna singers and Henry Leck in Dublin for the June 2019 Choir Festival

I am pleased to announce the 2019 Choral Festival in Ireland will be co-conducted by Michael McGlynn and me. KIconcerts’ Oliver Scofield and I are just back from a meeting with Michael in Dublin at which he also accepted a commission to write a new piece for the Ireland Festival Combined Choir to premiere on June 28 in Dublin!


The world premiere piece is being titled
“The Song of the Blackbird”
McGlynn proposes a simple text based on the ancient story of the Blackbird representing the voice of the natural world, with a song so pure and simple that it transcends the sound even of the monk's singing at prayer, or the matin bell.



Michael McGlynn is one of Ireland’s finest contemporary composers and the choir he founded, Anúna, is one of the leading choral voices of Ireland. In addition to “The Song of the Blackbird” we will sing three other McGlynn pieces – “Dúlamán”, “Jerusalem” and “An Oíche” along with American repertoire I will select. I wonder if there is anything to compare with your singers working with a renowned composer to bring their new choral creation to life?

Is there another country as safe and comfortable that calls to us in the same way as does Ireland…its music, rolling hills, whimsical nature, shared ancestry, quaint towns, intense history, some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet not to mention the odd leprechaun and the elusive four leaf clover.

In addition to singing in the combined choir alongside Anúna Choristers, there is the opportunity for individual concerts, pre and post touring as well as a one-on-one workshop with singers from Anúna for those choirs registering early.

See you in Dublin!!!

Henry Leck
Co-conductor
KIconcerts Distinguished Music Advisor



Michael McGlynn/Anúna workshopping with 
Cherry Creek Girls’ 21/Adam Cave - March 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

10 reasons to perform in China - including Eric Stark's 2019 Beijing/Hong Kong Festival

The TOP 10 REASONS you need consider China 
as your 2019 or 2020 concert tour destination

  1. Become immersed in 5000 years of unique history
  2. Savor the flavors and tastes of a distinctive cuisine
  3. Sing in the 2019 Beijing/Hong Kong Choral Festival with Eric Stark - May 2019
  4. Enjoy musical and cultural exchange with local singers
  5. Climb (and sing at) the Great Wall of China - one of the “7 World Wonders”
  6. Visit Shanghai seeing stunning tradition and modernity side by side
  7. Tour Xian experiencing the thousands of breathtaking terra cotta warriors
  8. Sing in venues such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall (tbd) for appreciative audiences
  9. Tour Beijing’s Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven & take a historic rickshaw ride
  10. Make new friends and create lifelong memories with the people of China!
These are just some of the reasons why China’s one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!


Friday, March 23, 2018

AUSTRIA - One of the world's most outstanding concert tour destinations!

Traveling singing friends

The 10 TOP REASONS you need consider Austria as your 2019 or 2020 concert tour destination include:

  1. SALZBURG’S favorite son is celebrated throughout this charming town – see Mozart’s own violin and visit the house he lived in
  2. Sail down the Danube to Melk Abbey or drive up to ‘Haydn’s Esterhazy’
  3. JOHN DICKSON is leading a choir festival to Vienna – June 3-9, 2019
  4. Taste the world’s best Sache Torte
  5. VIENNA is a city of grandeur impressing all who visit – so many places to perform: St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Votivekirche, Peterskirche to name a few
  6. Relive the drama and excitement of the Sound of Music
  7. Sing Mozart’s Requiem (and a world premiere opener) – CATHERINE SAILER – June 17-23, 2019
  8. Enjoy exchanges and cultural immersion
  9. Visit AUSTRIA as a gateway to the Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest), Germany (Munich)
  10. Sing for educated and appreciative audiences
These are just some of the reasons why Austria’s one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!

Oliver Scofield

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Join Dr. Eric Stark in his 2019 Hong Kong/Beijing Choir Festival - repertoire confirmed

With great pleasure I share news of the repertoire we will perform together in our Hong Kong and Beijing Choral Festival, May 2019.

I am combining some of North America’s best-loved music with the fantastic singers you have in your ensembles and creating exciting opportunities for musical sharing and cultural exchange together with the many new friends we will make along the way.


For the combined choirs portion of our 
Festival performances, we will perform the following:

FROSTIANA, Randall Thompson’s 1959 setting of poetry by Robert Frost. These seven short movements feature Frost’s uniquely American vision in some of his greatest poems ever, including “The Road Not Taken” and “Choose Something Like a Star.” Evocatively scored for piano mixed chorus (with several movements for SSA/TTBB alone), these works will give us a chance to feature the talents of your singers in the Festival Chorus setting.

For our concert closers, we will feature two of the greatest loved African-American spirituals: AIN'A THAT GOOD NEWS and THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD, both by arranger William L. Dawson.

You will also be invited to sing in your own right in the 1st half of the gala concert as well as in individual concerts as requested. 


As we know from experience, our tour audiences are always thrilled to experience beautiful American music from American choirs. I look forward to this unique chance to share some of our best loved choral works together and with our new friends in Hong Kong and Beijing.

As you can see, this Festival tour offers incredible opportunities for cultural immersion, sharing and mutual understanding. Beijing and Hong Kong boast many fine venues, outstanding ensembles not to mention the food and informative touring opportunities. Following our rehearsal and concert program in Beijing, I am inviting choirs to visit Hong Kong where I teach and conduct regularly. It will be a great joy for me to combine US choristers with my many singing friends in Hong Kong for this festival finale.

Both Beijing and Hong Kong represent very different pieces of the Chinese mosaic and, understanding both, helps understand a great deal about the China of tomorrow. Please consider joining me on a fun, educational, safe and very musical program in two of the great cities of Asia.

Dr. Eric Stark
Artistic Director & Conductor

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