Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Meeting at Midwest Conference - Custom Tours and Ticheli Festival

Dear Friend

It is that time of year again when many of us will be heading to Chicago for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference.

I will be there all day Thursday the 18th and Friday morning the 19th.

Please let me know if you are coming and if you have time to meet to discuss any of our international custom performance tour options or the Ticheli Festival in Spain, June 2016. Frank has offered to make time on Thursday to meet Directors interested in the Spain festival.

Let me know if you can meet and we will arrange a rendezvous point at McCormick Place.

I have included updated KI information below.

Best wishes

Oliver Scofield

KIconcerts: Frank Ticheli Festival in Spain 2016

Our 2016 festival features Frank Ticheli


Our custom tour destinations include:

Europe: Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Greece, Central Europe, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland/Estonia, Croatia/Slovenia
UK/British Isles: England, Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Asia/Oceania: China, Australia, New Zealand, India
The Americas: Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Mexico
Africa: South Africa

KIconcerts – America’s leading international concert tour organizer!

  • We offer a great range of international custom tour destinations to suit all genre, budgets and performance aspirations
  • Our roster of international festivals is second to none led by outstanding educators/conductors and composers
  • Audiences matter to us as much as they do to you - our concerts are well promoted and staged to attract the maximum audience - attentive and warm
  • Safety, comfort and ease are the hallmark of our accommodation, restaurant and coach arrangements
  • Tour Managers and local guides are selected for their empathy for musicians - making history come alive - informative not intrusive
  • You are welcome to contact any of our previous clients to get their views on KI

KI's prices include:

  • Tips
  • 2 good meals a day
  • Core travel insurance
  • All sightseeing and entrances listed
  • Safe, clean and comfortable twin share 3.5 star hotels
  • Private bus and own travel manager for groups of over 40
  • One complimentary package for every 20 full paying travelers
  • 24 hour emergency back up in the US and in the country of travel
  • Fuel surcharges and air travel taxes (up to the current $500 p/p)
  • Access to our MyKIconcerts.com tour planning program for directors and travelers
  • Concert arrangements – venues, audience, accompaniment, rehearsals, festival costs
In addition we do not charge extra if a group requires individual billing or the group’s numbers require an additional bus/tour manager.

We will match the pricing of any comparable tour.

We invite new clients to visit our office team in Colorado as our guests – knowing that personal relationships are the cornerstone of every successful tour.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FREE concerts by one of Australia’s finest school orchestras

We are staging one public concert in Boston (December 10, 2014), one in NYC (December 13) and another in the DC area (December 17) by this well loved Australian school Symphony Orchestra.


Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra 
at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 7.30pm

FREE CONCERT 
Auditorium Theatre 
41 Berkeley Street Boston 02116

The repertoire will be selected from: Offenbach - Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, Dvorak - Cello Concerto 1st movement, Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Brumby - Festival Overture on Australian Themes, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto 1st movement, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.3 1st movement.

at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Saturday, 13 December 2014 at 2.30pm

FREE CONCERT
405 W 59th St, New York, NY 10023

The repertoire will be selected from: Brumby - Festival Overture on Australian Themes, Dvorak - Cello Concerto - 1st movement, Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Grainger - Irish Tune from County Derry, Handel - Ombra mai fu (Largo from Xerxes), Glinka - Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto - 1st movement, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.3 - Andante & Finale.

at George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theater
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 at 1.30pm

FREE CONCERT 
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 22301

The repertoire will be selected from: Glinka - Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla, Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Grainger - Irish Tune from County Derry, Handel - Ombra mai fu (Largo from Xerxes), Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.3 - 1st movement.

"...remarkable performances by an orchestra of school students."
China Daily - Beijing
Melbourne Grammar has educated a record 3 Australian Prime Ministers and its alumni are leaders in all fields: corporate, civic, spiritual, sporting and political. The School’s Symphony Orchestra has a proud 60 year history touring internationally including China, Malaysia, Japan, across Europe and the United Kingdom.

The Orchestra’s Director, violinist Mark Drummond, has been concertmaster with a number of orchestras including the State Orchestra of Victoria and the Philharmonia of Melbourne and maintains an active performing career as concertmaster of the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and freelances for many distinguished international artists touring Australia - just last month Andrea Bocelli.
"It is a large orchestra of astonishingly high general quality."
The Musical Opinion - London
This US tour will see the orchestra of 56 travel the east coast, performing in Boston (Dec 10), New York City (Dec 13) and Arlington, VA (Dec 17) before they head back to Australia’s warm summer holiday festivities.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Perform in Austria with Rollo Dilworth - Notes of Joy Choir Festival, June 2016

KIconcerts: Notes of Joy Choir Festival Austria 2016

Dear Director

If you’re thinking of a 2016 concert tour then consider joining me and the KIconcerts team in Austria. Our 2016 Notes of Joy Festival features individual performances, combined gala concerts in Vienna and Salzburg as well as extension touring and further concerts.

Our festivals are a great blend of individual ensemble touring as well as combined rehearsal and performance.

Any ensemble traveling overseas needs time to experience new cultures and the people of the great cities they are visiting as well as to have their own performance spotlight. Many also enjoy joining with other choirs in exceptional venues in front of large audiences under the Artistic Director of their chosen festival.

Nothing matches the spirit of international touring, little replicates a lifetime’s musical memories and the joy evident on singers’ faces when performing in some of Europe’s finest acoustics.

We all know that international touring is a major undertaking, but one that we see communities support as their ensembles are elevated to the world stage. There are few international choral destinations as compelling as Austria.

Let us know if touring overseas in 2016 is achievable for your ensemble
Rollo Dilworth
Rollo Dilworth

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Young people singing internationally - Henry Leck’s 2016 French Riviera Choir Festival

Conducting children and young people is my life’s passion. There is something special about staging children’s and youth choirs overseas. I am confident we have selected an extraordinary destination for our 2016 festival - French Riviera.

We program individual concerts and performances for those that want them. Choirs combine for rehearsals, songfests and gala concerts in commanding settings with great European acoustics and warm overflowing audiences. Our young singers instinctively know the magic and energy of collaboration.

I am often asked why international touring is important, or even relevant, given limited resources. I believe touring young people’s choirs overseas:
  • allows them to reach an elevated level
  • builds longevity through energizing new interest
  • creates camaraderie that comes from traveling together for a week
  • enables young singers to touch the cultures from where so much of our musical tradition flows
  • allows young singers to be musical ambassadors for their community, state and country.
It facilitates life changing experiences!

I consider the safety and comfort of proposed destinations. I reflect on the repertoire to match and challenge the talent of the registering choirs. I think about the appropriateness of venues and what instrumental accompaniment will provide the richest musical experience. I also look to strengthen your work with your singers, honoring your great talent and dedication.

I’m pleased to invite you to our 2016 French Riviera Festival.

Henry Leck
Henry Leck


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Custom tours around the world - Ticheli Festival in Spain

Europe, UK/Ireland, Australia, Asia & the Americas welcome America’s instrumental ensembles




KI tours bands, orchestras and choirs to many fine destinations including:


Europe: Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Greece, Central Europe, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland/Estonia, Croatia/Slovenia
UK/British Isles: England, Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Asia/Oceania: China, Australia, New Zealand, India
The Americas: Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Mexico
Africa: South Africa



We are honored to once again be working with Dr. Frank Ticheli who will lead the 2016 Spain Festival in June. Dr. Ticheli anticipates the festival will feature a collaboration with renowned Spanish musicians.

There are also opportunities to perform in many great events around the world such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the UK National Band Festival and the Mid Europe Wind Band Festival in Schladming.

KIconcerts:

  • Audiences matter to us as much as they do to you - our concerts are well promoted and staged to attract the maximum audience - attentive and warm
  • Safety, comfort and ease are the hallmark of our accommodation, restaurant and coach arrangements
  • Tour Managers and local guides are selected for their empathy for musicians - making history come alive - informative not intrusive
  • You are welcome to contact any of our clients to ask their views on KI

Our prices include:

  • Tips
  • 2 good meals a day
  • Core travel insurance
  • All sightseeing and entrances listed
  • Safe, clean and comfortable twin share 3.5 star hotels
  • Private bus and own travel manager for groups of over 40
  • One complimentary package for every 20 full paying travelers
  • 24 hour emergency back up in the US and in the country of travel
  • Fuel surcharges and air travel taxes (up to the current $500 p/p)
  • Access to our MyKIconcerts.com tour planning program for directors and travelers
  • Concert arrangements – venues, audience, accompaniment, rehearsals, festival costs
  • Any additional costs that might be incurred if individual billing is required or group numbers require an additional bus and/or tour manager

We will match the pricing of any comparable tour.

We invite new clients to visit our office team in Colorado as our guests – knowing that personal relationships are the cornerstone of every successful tour.

There are solutions for the unique issues associated with traveling instrumental ensembles. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your next international tour with you at your convenience.




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Join Larry Wyatt’s Budapest/Vienna choir festival - May 2016


I am so pleased to have been asked to conduct a festival performance in Budapest, Hungary in late May, 2016.

Budapest is a beautiful city on the Danube with a rich cultural heritage. Since the 1990’s Budapest has made great strides in modernizing while maintaining the charm and somewhat exotic characteristics of its interesting history. Before the Romans the city was a Celtic community – later it was a center of Renaissance culture - eventually the Ottomans ruled the area for 150 years. Each of these civilizations left their stamp on the city.

I am proposing that we perform either Mozart “Sparrow Mass” or Haydn “Lord Nelson Mass” as our combined festival repertoire. I will consult with registering Directors prior to finalizing the repertoire.

I look forward to exploring this unique city and to working with an outstanding festival choir and orchestra.

I hope that you will join me

Dr. Larry Wyatt

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Keep Calm and Keep Singing - the UK - and Galván & Sharkova Ireland choir festivals in 2016

KIconcerts: UK/Ireland performance tours

By ‘royal decree’ ensembles from around North America are commanded to entertain the citizens of the British Isles.


Concerts in London, exchanges in Wales, performances in Scotland. Festivals and charming good value abound in the Republic of Ireland while Northern Ireland is again open for international performance visitors after decades.

From the place where ‘pomp and circumstance’ were invented come invitations to perform at awe inspiring Cathedrals, to stage exchange concerts, become friends with others that speak (a form of) English, and to participate in two great festivals in Ireland.

June 2016 Rural Ireland & Dublin with Elena Sharkova
  • Children, youth and school choirs
  • Mid June
  • Sing alongside Irish choristers
  • Whimsical rural Ireland and Dublin

July 2016 Belfast & Dublin with Janet Galván
  • Students, youth choirs and community ensembles
  • Early July
  • Warmly welcoming Canadian ensembles too
  • Discover Belfast and explore Dublin

The loyal subjects of the Queen’s realm seek your presence for an audience as do the citizens of the Republic of Ireland!