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. Musically, Vivaldi's vibrant "Gloria" will be the repertoire centerpiece!

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 and rehearsals of the Gala concert combined repertoire (30 minutes approximately) under my direction. The Vienna gala concert spotlights individual bands before culminating in the combined band finale. Bands then can opt to continue touring through Salzburg to Munich for additional individual performances or to come with me through Salzburg to Schladming.

Schladming has hosted the Mid-Europe festival for many years. I am delighted to have been invited to guest conduct at this renowned wind band festival again. Those bands that have traveled with me will perform at the Festival individually and again with me as the combined band! You will also have the opportunity to hear and interact with many great bands from around the world.

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 England; our festival program in Austria promises to be equally thrilling. Almost nothing matches 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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

UK/Ireland – destinations for great choral singing – custom choir tours & festivals

KIconcerts: UK/Ireland performance toursThe United Kingdom offers everything: history, a shared culture/language, music and iconic sightseeing.

London, Wales, Scotland, the Harrogate Festival and Ireland offer many great touring options.

KIconcerts: UK/Ireland performance toursEnjoy individual concerts, exchanges, shared performances, grand and intimate venues and warm appreciative audiences.

The 2016 Irish festival opportunities are:
Elena Sharkova – June
Janet Galván – July

In 2017 we are honored to present Henry Leck in Ireland and Rollo Dilworth in London:
Henry Leck – Cork & Dublin with children’s and youth choirs
Rollo Dilworth – London & Paris with choirs that feature spirituals/gospel music in their repertoire.

The UK/Ireland offers all the pomp and circumstance one associates with this part of the world.

Join us in one of the most comfortable and easiest European destinations.

Oliver Scofield

Friday, September 11, 2015

Young women’s, men’s & mixed choirs – Austria Notes of Joy Choir Festival 2017 with Sandra/Tim Peter

Singing colleagues

Join us in two of the great cities of culture in Europe; Vienna and Salzburg for our Notes of Joy Festival. We love our work with students of all ages and know the value of intercultural and international experiences in travel and music!

We welcome women’s ensembles, men’s ensembles as well as mixed choirs, utilizing our experience with female and male voices separately and together.

We will present individual choir concerts and combine to sing as a festival choir celebrating Notes of Joy, allowing our echoes to join those of the ages.

We’ll walk in the footsteps of the masters, immerse ourselves in the world from which much of our great music springs and enjoy the appreciation of warm audiences in commanding venues.

Download Prospectus for Notes of Joy Festival 2017

Austria is not to be missed by any musician and this will be a great experience for all of us! We are very excited about this and hope that you will consider summer of 2017!

Sandra & Timothy Peter
Artistic Directors & Conductors

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Performing in Austria – Prague/Budapest/Germany – custom tours & choir festivals

KIconcerts - Central Europe Custom Tours
KIconcerts - Central Europe Custom Tours

Austria is the ideal gateway to Central Europe.

Immerse yourself in the wonder of Salzburg and the grandeur of Vienna with concerts in both. Consider touring to Prague or Budapest. Visit Munich in Southern Germany or head to Northern Germany visiting Leipzig, Halle, Wittenberg and finishing in Berlin.

Austria is also a favored location for festivals. In 2016 Rollo Dilworth leads a school and children’s choir festival there.

In 2017
Ian Loeppky invites college and community choirs to a unique festival in mid-May welcoming each director to conduct a portion of the massed festival choir
Sandra and Tim Peter feature young women’s, men’s and mixed choirs in a festival that highlights each independently and together.

All our festivals offer many individual choir performances and the touring is all designed solely for your choir.

The ‘sound of music’ is alive and ready for your choir to contribute to the great music and culture of the area.

Oliver Scofield

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

VOICES UNITED AUSTRIA! with Ian Loeppky - College/Community choirs tour Austria – conduct the combined choir!

Fellow directors

I present you a festival focused on college/community choirs showcasing the individual talents of each participating choir and director.

is a festival of distinction in May 2017. We invite your choir to sing in its own right in individual concerts and in the gala concert setting. We also invite you to share the conducting of the combined choir.

College and community choirs, especially those that might not always have the opportunity and resources to perform internationally in their own right or with larger accompaniment are particularly welcomed.

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‘Voices United’ is being staged in Austria - a country so many of your singers wish to visit in celebration of centuries of the finest choral tradition. We look to have approximately 3-5 choirs participate and to involve an Austrian choir in our rehearsals and gala concerts. There is opportunity for workshops and clinics, attending concerts as well as touring focused on the magnificent musical history of this land. This will complement the concerts we are staging in inspiring venues.

My role is to provide artistic direction for the combined choir concert, working with you and the other directors to select the combined choir repertoire for us all to conduct.

I look forward to working with you as we plan this inaugural Voices United Festival.

Ian Loeppky
Artistic Director & Conductor

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Join Karen Kennedy's Greece Choir Festival, Sing in Athens, Escape the winter, Celebrate New Year 2017 - It's affordable!

Dear friends

Greece opens its hospitable arms and welcomes us to Athens for the 2016/17 New Year’s International Choral Festival.

Athens remains an ideal location for walking amongst the very foundations of our civilization, escaping the Northern Winter and being immersed in a Mediterranean culture of eating, performance and ancient traditions.

We will

  • tour the Acropolis,
  • visit the breathtaking new Acropolis Museum
  • have a day on the Greek Islands
  • immerse ourselves in the rhythms of Plaka
  • experience the wonder of Corinth and
  • explore the other remarkable features of Athens.

In between we will rehearse 30 minutes of combined repertoire and perform as individual choirs (for those who wish it) exchanging with local Greek performers before bringing this all together in a splendid gala festival concert.

We depart Monday, December 26, 2016 and return Monday, January 2, 2017 (with options for those who wish to stay longer).

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Join us as we celebrate the dawn of 2017 with our new Greek friends through the unique comradery singing offers us.

Karen Kennedy