Tuesday, November 1, 2016

US & Australian Wind Band perform ‘The Composers Concert’ - Sydney Town Hall, 22 February – free entry

Wednesday 22 February is a date your musicians will not want to miss. A free concert at the Sydney Town Hall featuring:
  • The renowned Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble (one of America’s best high school ensembles) with Jason Noble, Conductor, Columbia University Wind Ensemble
  • Fort St High School Wind Ensemble with Matthew Manchester
  • “Wanderlust” by Brandon Scott Rumsey (USA) - a world premiere in Australia
  • John Mackey in attendance, Hultgren, Blackshaw, Hogg also invited to attend
  • Composers Q&A from 6.15pm!!!
If you would like your musicians/students to attend can you reply with an expression of interest and approximate numbers attending as we know you need get this on your calendar for early next year prior to the conclusion of this one.

This great concentration of wind band talent and energy offers a fantastic start to the year and we hope you are able to join us

The Composers Concert
7pm, Wednesday 22 February

Composers Q&A 6.15pm
Centennial Hall
Sydney Town Hall


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Oliver Scofield

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Roads less travelled - Cuba, the Americas, Asia, Australia, more Europe!

Trail blazing tours have never been easier, safer 
and more stimulating for ensembles. 

Custom Tours
Cuba – a fascinating land in transition – experience its culture and people while still largely untouched
Argentina – a fusion of South American traditions and Spanish grandeur
Peru – connect with an indigenous people and marvel at Machu Picchu
Costa Rica – cost effective, mountainous rain forests, pristine beaches, community exchanges

China – 5000 years of history await you, great concerts, venues, audiences and exchanges
Vietnam – inviting US ensembles, partner concerts, reshaping destinies through music
India – a land like no other we offer – breathtaking, life changing, profound

Australia – 3 movies, 2 meals and a nap away from the West Coast
New Zealand – The untouched backdrop for the Lord of the Rings

Iceland – Straddling two continents – peaceful, safe & close
Portugal – The jewel of Southern Europe
Northern Europe – Finland, Estonia, Sweden and Latvia

The rhythms of a nation beat unceasingly 

Henry Leck – Cuba – June 2018
Craig Hella Johnson – Sydney Opera House – July 2018
Henry Leck – Iceland – Early July 2018
The China Festival – Summer 2018 

The Roads Less Travelled are the ones to travel now. Performance opportunities your performers could not experience without you!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sing at St. Peter’s Basilica, celebrate with Cuba or follow the footsteps of Saint Paul

Choirs of faith are uniquely invited to sing in one of three events or indeed any of our custom tour destinations.

A festival led by one of the Vatican’s organists featuring singing of Holy Mass, concerts and workshops.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s historic visit in 1998. A profoundly Catholic country whose faith gives it strength and which honors Pope Francis bringing the USA and Cuba closer together.

Sing in the footsteps of Saint Paul
Travel as did he – Athens, Corinth, Patmos and more. Live the history, sing the passion.

Choirs of faith are especially welcome in Spain, France, Costa Rica, Australia and Ireland and throughout KI’s World of Music.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Cuba-USA…Voces Unidas–Voices United choir festival with Henry Leck & Alina Orraca, June 2018

Dear Friends

Alina Orraca and I are delighted to join in inviting you to Cuba to sing in Voces Unidas/Voices United - a festival of great choral music for mixed choirs.

School, youth and college choirs will especially enjoy workshops, exchanges, rehearsals and two significant combined concerts with Cuban choristers… the people of two lands singing Voces Unidas! This will be a unique coming together of Cuban and U.S. musical talent.

Cuba abounds with culture and the Cuban spirit is imbued with rhythm and song. There has never been a more dynamic time to get to know Cuba; to hear its sounds and to see the friendship grow between the people of both countries.

We welcome you to Unite in Voice in this festival of spirit and goodwill!

Henry Leck
Voces Unidas Festival Co-Conductor
KIconcerts Distinguished Music Advisor

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

European tours cheaper as the US Dollar strengthens against the Pound/Euro

A place of timeless musical offerings

Europe and the UK haven’t been cheaper in years. We continue to be able to cut the price of European concert tours as the dollar strengthens against a declining Pound and Euro.

We welcome the chance to prepare quotes for you based on the changing exchange rates - packaging the European concert tours of your dreams – safely, interactively, culturally and more cheaply!.

Central Europe
A land of riches in its own right including Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest, the diversity of Germany and countless welcoming towns in between.

Southern Europe
Italy, Spain, Greece and much more. Sing at St. Peter’s in the Vatican, cruise the canals of Venice, admire Florence and perform alongside Italian choirs in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Spain tantalizes for instance with Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia while Greece still feels as though it cradles civilization itself.

Northern Europe
Another world of long summer days, distinct cultures and unique singing traditions. Estonia/Latvia & Lithuania make up the Baltics, Finland and Sweden just a ferry away while Poland and Scandinavia have their own unique appeals.

UK/Republic of Ireland
The British Isles offers choirs so much:
Ireland’s lyrical beauty,
the distinct culture of Wales,
Scotland’s Highlands and
Britain’s jewel in the crown…London.

Simon Carrington – Barcelona – December 26 2017
Angela Broeker – Vienna/Salzburg – June 2018
ROMAinCANTO – The Vatican – June 2018
Larry Wyatt – Spain – June 2018
Rollo Dilworth – Passion of Italy – Early July 2018
Z. Randall Stroope – Ireland – Early July 2018

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Sing with Craig Hella Johnson at the Sydney Opera House - Australia July 2018


I know that many of you share my excitement at the prospect of singing in the Sydney Opera House – one of the world’s great cultural icons.

As a part of our Gala Concert, we will sing the world premiere of a wonderful new work by Jake Runestad, composed especially for this occasion and for this gathering of choirs in Sydney! This concert will be a true 'happening' and will be a celebration of the power of choral music. There is nothing quite like coming together with choirs from around the country and around the world for an unforgettable shared musical experience.

We have added an additional day for sightseeing as well as sectional and combined rehearsals. This will pace the tour well and ensure that we are building to our performance crescendo in a relaxed manner. As Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere we are traveling into a (mild and temperate) winter conducive to the performance tour that has been designed for us.

Kangaroos and Koalas, people with a direct warm and engaging manner and an island continent distant from the rest of the world (but, as KI says, Australia is only 2 meals, 3 movies and a nap away)!

Once again I will plan a program that will be a diverse collection of pieces and one that will be well suited to the participating singers. It is always one of my favorite parts of this process-- shaping a program that fits the time, location and context and the various strengths and interests of the participating ensembles. In addition, there will be opportunities for your own individual performances in Sydney and in any of the extension cities should you be touring further after the festival.

We will be coming together and singing from our hearts, giving powerful voice to our shared humanity and our joy in singing. Please consider joining us for this extraordinary opportunity.

See you ‘down under’

Craig Hella Johnson
Artistic Director & Conductor


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Henry Leck Choir Festival Iceland 2018 - an invitation to treble choirs

Dear friends

When Iceland was first suggested to me...I thought: “really??”. And then I found out what an incredible place this is! A perfect place to hold a choir festival for treble choirs!! Safe...Beautiful...Fun...and Culturally Interesting!

Iceland bridges North America and Europe – literally straddling the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Nestled 5.5 hours from the East Coast, Iceland is a peaceful country infused with Northern European traditions and blessed with more natural beauty than the eye can take in.

We’ll take our voices to Reykjavik and sing as a combined festival choir with fine local accompanying musicians. Those that wish it can sing in individual choir performances. We will see some of the world’s most magnificent waterfalls, view shooting geysers and other unique geo thermal activity as well as soak up the natural springs boasting abundant thermal water. We will also marvel as the sun sets late at night in this, the world’s most northerly capital city.

Above all we will enjoy the calmness and sense of security that comes from being in a small island country! For those that wish it, there are custom tour extension options around Reykjavik or to selected European cities many of which are about 3 hours flight from Iceland.

Iceland really is a gateway between cultures. I truly would like for this to be one of the most incredible festivals I have ever conducted! I promise...there won’t be too much repertoire to learn, but we will make phenomenal music together.

I hope you will seriously consider this tour/festival opportunity. I would love to see you join us. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Henry Leck
Artistic Director & Conductor
KIconcerts Distinguished Music Advisor