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