Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cathedral Anthems Festival – Wales – June 2019 with Thomas Lloyd

Dear Colleagues,

One of the great joys of serving as a musician in the Anglican tradition is singing music from the richly inspired repertoire of Cathedral Anthems. To perform these soaring melodies in the very spaces for which they were written should be on the ‘bucket list’ of any avid choral singer. We may have sung Parry’s I was glad or Bainton’s And I saw a new heaven or Howells’ Like as the hart or Vaughan Williams Let all the world in every corner sing in our church or community choirs, or seen them on specially televised royal occasions. But to sing them with a grand organ in one of the Cathedrals in which they were first imagined will be an unforgettable experience to treasure.

This music is at once grand and deeply personal; it gives us a sense that not only are we all part of something much larger than ourselves, but also that we each have a place of purpose and value within that world. We will sing passages of fervent petition, of spiritual reflection, and of transcendent beauty. I look forward to sharing with you a recent composition of my own, an anthem written for the seating of our new bishop in Philadelphia. It is a setting of Psalm 139 (O God, you have searched me out and known me) with the memorable line from the book of the Acts of the Apostles, In you we live, and move, and have our being.

I am thrilled that this will be my first festival with KIconcerts – their reputation for organizing seamless concert tours including both independent and collaborative concerts is without peer. I hope you will join me in allowing this music to enrich our lives in the places it was born and has thrived for generations.

Thomas Lloyd
Artistic Director & Conductor

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Join Henry Leck, Michael McGlynn and Anúna singers – Ireland 2019 choir festival

Ireland calls to us all in many ways…its music, rolling hills, whimsical nature, quaint towns, intense history and some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet.

One of the finest contemporary Irish composers is Michael McGlynn and the finest ‘sound of Ireland’ today is Anúna. Join us as we workshop with Anúna and Michael McGlynn featuring two of his pieces in our combined festival choir repertoire.

I look forward to hosting you in Ireland with KIconcerts. We will stage individual concerts for our participating choirs in addition to rehearsing and staging our combined choir gala concert in a prestigious Dublin venue. We will enjoy Irish traditional music and dance and tour this fascinating country, being immersed in its unique culture.

See you in Dublin!!!

Henry Leck
Artistic Director & Conductor

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Hong Kong & Beijing Choir Festival – Join Eric Stark in May 2019

Dear Friends

Beijing and Hong Kong are cities of great history, culture and future. They 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.

I am honored to have the chance to present fine American choirs alongside Chinese friends in a program featuring U.S., classical and Chinese repertoire.

I travel to this region often and can attest to the life changing experiences festival travelers will have.

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Elena Sharkova's 2019 Montreal Festival – France in North America

We all look for festivals that offer safety, value for money, great music and a unique cultural experience our singers couldn’t have if singing at home.

KIconcerts has asked me to lead a festival for youth and community choirs and I couldn’t think of a better destination than Montreal, Canada!

I am proposing we perform the Fauré Requiem (tbd). This will add to the French flavor of the event. In addition to our combined rehearsals we will be inviting choirs to sing in their own right and in their own concerts if they wish it. The touring opportunities will be both educational and fun.

I am looking forward to working with you and your singers.

Be in touch for more information

Elena Sharkova
Artistic Director & Conductor

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Passion of Italy 2019! - a choral festival with Janet Galván

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to invite you to participate in the 2019 Passion of Italy festival.

After the amazing success of our Ireland Choir Festival in 2016, I am excited to work with KIconcerts again to provide extraordinary concert and rehearsal experiences that exemplify the power of coming together in song.

I love Italy, and I also love bringing singers together to create what I call “the power of we.” I am passionate about planning beautiful programs that are tailored for the concert location, and the context of the tour. I will create a program that will be diverse but unified and will reflect the unique qualities and interests of the participating ensembles. We will present a program that will communicate and move audiences.

KIconcerts provides venues worthy of your singers’ talent, skill, and commitment. The festival choir will sing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica (tbd) and will perform our Gala concert the next evening. You will also be invited to sing in concerts with your own choir and to enjoy sightseeing with your singing companions, always a unique and rewarding experience.

From Piazza Navona to the Trevi Fountain, Rome excites all the senses as one walks through a city full of history, art, and the origins of so much of the music that we treasure. Love of music and art is palpable in Rome, and your singers will love performing in this great city.

Optional Italian extensions are available to Florence and Venice with individual concert opportunities in Tuscany and Venice.

I look forward to further communication with you as you consider this invitation for us to embark on this musical adventure together.

A presto! (See you soon)

Dr. Janet Galván
Artistic Director & Conductor

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Voices United – 2019 Costa Rica choral festival with Ian Loeppky

Costa Rica dazzles the senses with its volcanic rugged landscapes and its lush rain forests home to unique flora and fauna as well as its pristine beaches and effervescent people.

Overlay these natural wonders with an exciting music program for combined choirs, accompanied in rehearsals and concert with a top collegiate string orchestra, and you have an inexpensive opportunity to take your choirs touring overseas, and without jet lag!

I have toured my ensembles on many occasions - including Costa Rica with KIconcerts - and nothing stretches a choir better or creates esprit de corps more than a concert tour. Being on the road together rehearsing and performing intensely can be the perfect culmination of a year’s study and work. I am always looking for cost-effective ways to make this a reality for my singers and this Costa Rica Festival represents the perfect combination of price, quality musical experiences and an educational destination offering many cross-cultural experiences.

I would be honored if you would consider joining me on this great performance adventure!

Ian Loeppky
Artistic Director & Conductor

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sing with Rollo Dilworth in the UK’s Harrogate Music Festival – summer 2019

England’s esteemed Harrogate Music Festival has invited us to feature in their 2019 program.

I would be honored if you and your singers would consider an invitation to join us for rehearsals and a gala concert there following optional individual concerts in London.

Harrogate is far North from the hustle and bustle of London, a gracious spa town just 30 minutes from York (and the York Minster!). I know you will enjoy the contrast between London and the stately Harrogate.

The Harrogate Music Festival is the jewel in the crown of the Harrogate International Festivals program and we are to be a featured guest event in the 2019 Festival. Previously, the breathtaking Royal Hall in Harrogate has been the venue for KIconcerts gala concerts in the Harrogate Music Festival and it has been proposed again for 2019.

Be in touch with me for further information on the musical elements of this festival and with KIconcerts for touring information.

See you in England

Rollo DilworthArtistic Director & Conductor

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