Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Visita España – Visit Spain! – custom choir tours & festivals

KIconcerts: Spain custom and festival performance tours
Visit Spain to perform while appreciating the history and the global presence of this proud nation. Eat tapas at a sidewalk café, see a flamenco show while savoring the colors, sounds and movement of this dynamic country.

The capital city of Madrid was designed to impress. Tour the King’s Palace, view the many national institutions, see the bull rings and Real Madrid soccer stadium, stroll through Madrid’s most famous squares - Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor and visit Toledo for a day to soak in the Moorish architecture and unique atmosphere of this famed city.

Barcelona captivates: promenading on Las Ramblas, living the history of the Gothic Quarter and being intoxicated by Gaudi’s architectural mastery or Picasso’s brilliance. Gaudi’s breathtaking Sagrada Familia has to be seen to be believed and singing there is a great honor. We can visit the Montserrat Abbey to hear the boy choir singing Gregorian chants, as they have across the ages and then enjoy an exchange concert in Manresa.

Spain boasts great venues, plentiful audiences and a wonderful spirit for custom and festival concert tours.

In 2017 we have great pleasure in presenting the Stroope Spain festival. Join with Z. Randall Stroope for 4 days in Barcelona enjoying individual concerts, combined rehearsals and the gala festival concert. Then continue to Madrid or perhaps to the South of France for further touring and concerts…Avignon (Palace of the Popes), Provence (the Impressionists), Monaco (Monte Carlo) and Nice (gateway to the French Riviera).

See you in Spain - nos vemos en España!

Oliver Scofield

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Z. Randall Stroope is leading the June 2017 Spain choral festival, join him for Festival Barcelona

Dear Friends,

Of all of the career activities that come to mind for conductors and singers, perhaps one of the MOST rewarding and memorable is international travel.

Two things are immediately attractive about this fantastic festival itinerary - the tour company, KIconcerts and the destination. I personally endorse KIconcerts, and were friends with their leadership long before I conducted any of their festivals. Quality and service are first with KI. When things need immediate attention on tour, they will be there for you. I know.

Couple KIconcerts with the destination - Spain, and you have a perfect combination. Spain has ALL of the flair and sights you expect in Europe, but it is rarer for American choirs to tour through Spain - you are special there, and the cost factor is very attractive. You can also extend your tour to some fantastic locations in other countries.

KIconcerts - Download Festival Barcelona prospectus

Give it a long, hard look and, if you like, contact me directly. I stand behind this proposal 100% and am incredibly excited about the timing, performing opportunities, travel arrangements and the cost.

Hope to see you on board!

Z. Randall Stroope
Artistic Director & Conductor

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rome, Florence, Venice, Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Milan - custom choir tours & festivals

KIconcerts Italy custom tour and choir festivalsSing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, exchange concerts in Tuscany, performances in Venice…Italy honors choral music like no other nation!

We stage concerts wherever you wish to travel in Italy – historic venues, amazing acoustics, enthusiastic audiences, intimate spaces and iconic locations – plentiful in every Italian town and city.

Enjoy the food, ambiance and sightseeing: the Coliseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Florence Duomo, Michelangelo’s ‘David’, Ponto Vecchio, the canals of Venice, St Mark’s, the Doges Palace – no other country offers all this and more.

KIconcerts Italy custom tour and choir festivalsIn addition to our Italy custom tours all over Italy, we proudly announce our 2017 festivals:
John Dickson’s Rome Choral Festival in early June 2017

Choirs participating in festivals then continue on their own touring/concert pattern outside of Rome. Festivals are very welcoming of groups of singers within a choir if the full choir is not able to tour.

Join us in Italy

Oliver Scofield

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Passion of Italy - individual & combined concerts - July 2017 with Heather J. Buchanan

Singers, Conductors, Directors,

Imagine performing in Italy - the country with arguably the greatest Western musical heritage.

Passion of Italy is a choral festival for fine singers to perform with their own choirs in individual concerts, as well as combining to form the Festival Gala Choir. I’m honored to lead this exciting Italian choral adventure following the tremendous success of our 2014 Sydney Opera House festival.

Be transported back in time by touring the Vatican, Coliseum and the Roman Forum as well as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the surrounding piazzas.

Also consider options to continue touring to Florence and Venice.

Your musicians will create a lifetime of musical memories by singing in St Peter's Basilica and in one of the great Rome cathedrals, as well as more intimate settings.

I would love you to consider joining me in Italy in July 2017 along with other passionate and dedicated choristers. Please contact me for more information about the musical elements and my friends from KIconcerts regarding the tour aspects.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Heather J. Buchanan 
Artistic Director & Conductor

Join Frank Ticheli in Vienna – Austria Band Festival, July 2017

What a pleasure it is to offer you two great performance options in Austria in 2017. In addition to the band festival I will be leading in Vienna there is the option to travel with me to Schladming to perform at the famed Mid-Europe Festival for bands.

There will be individual performance opportunities as well as the combined rehearsals under my direction of around 30 minutes of festival repertoire. The gala concert will spotlight individual bands before building to the combined band finale in Vienna. Bands then have the option to continue touring on their own through Salzburg to Munich for an additional individual performance or to come with me via Salzburg to Schladming.

Schladming has hosted the Mid-Europe festival for many years and it is a renowned festival featuring wind bands. I am delighted to have been invited to guest conduct there again. Those bands that have traveled with me from Vienna will join again to perform individually and as the combined band in the gala concert. In addition you will have the opportunity to hear many great bands from around the world while interacting with these fine musicians.

Since I began working with KI, we have enjoyed sensational summer festivals in Australia at the Sydney Opera House, in Italy, and, most recently, in London and Harrogate, UK; our festival program in Austria promises to be equally thrilling. Almost nothing can match the excitement of taking your band abroad to perform in stunning international venues for wildly appreciative audiences. I want to share this rare experience with as many of you as possible. Full bands are encouraged, but smaller groups of selected musicians from your band are also very welcome, focusing their performance on the combined literature.

I urge you to consider my personal invitation to become a part of this tradition and to share in the wonderful history and culture of central Europe

Dr. Frank Ticheli 
Artistic Director & Conductor

Monday, September 21, 2015

Henry Leck Choir Festival – Sing as One & Together as Many – Ireland, June 2017

I am pleased to invite you to our 2017 Ireland Choral Festival!

Irish summer days are long with sunset around 10pm, leprechauns are welcoming and four leaf clovers abundant. Ireland is a country of great whimsy, culture and beauty and we plan to explore all three.

Individual choirs (who wish it) will sing in their own right. We will join for combined choir rehearsals and will stage gala concerts in Cork and Dublin featuring our individual choirs and presenting the force of our full combined festival choir!

Enjoy the comradery and joy of combining in great venues with warm audiences while touring as your own choir and singing individual concerts as desired.

Join me ‘singing as one and together as many’ in one of the great countries of Europe

Henry Leck
Artistic Director & Conductor
KI's Distinguished Music Advisor

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sing spirituals/gospel music with Rollo Dilworth – London/Paris – July 2017

Both the spiritual and gospel styles are strongly rooted in the American choral tapestry. Let’s take the finest of our gospel music and spirituals to share in London and Paris.

We will offer workshops, individual concert opportunities (for those who wish them), combined rehearsals and a gala concert in both London and Paris. Our gala concert will spotlight the individual participating choirs as well as the combined festival choir.

I believe this festival will appeal uniquely to church, community and fine student choirs. It will be our chance to revel in this music, to learn from each other and to share with new friends from around the world.

This will be a festival of exuberance, passion and fine singing. I am excited to lead it and to build enthusiasm for this music in countries where it is loved but not so well known.

Will you join me on this great adventure?

Rollo Dilworth
Artistic Director & Conductor