Friday, April 20, 2018

10 reasons to perform in Canada - including Frank Ticheli's Toronto Festival 2019

10 reasons CANADA should be your 
 2019/20 concert tour destination
  1. Familiar yet distinctive
  2. Join Frank Ticheli's Toronto Festival, June 24-28, 2019
  3. Enjoy short travel times and no jet lag
  4. Individual concerts & the combined festival band concert
  5. Affordable international travel
  6. Toronto/Niagara Falls sightseeing
  7. Exchange and collaboration opportunities
  8. Montreal – a taste of Europe in North America
  9. Hospitable, friendly and very welcoming
  10. Vancouver/Whistler – on Canada’s Pacific West
These are just some of the reasons why Canada’s one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!


10 reasons to perform in Canada - including Leck/Poloz' Toronto Festival and Sharkova's Montreal Festival

10 reasons CANADA should be your 
 2019/20 concert tour destination
  1. Familiar yet distinctive
  2. Join Elena Sharkova’s Montreal Festival (SATB), June 16-20, 2019
  3. Enjoy short travel times and no jet lag
  4. Join Henry Leck & Zimfira Poloz’ Toronto Festival (treble voices), July 1-5, 2019
  5. Affordable international travel
  6. Toronto/Niagara Falls sightseeing
  7. Exchange and collaboration opportunities
  8. Montreal – a taste of Europe in North America
  9. Hospitable, friendly and very welcoming
  10. Vancouver/Whistler – on Canada’s Pacific West
These are just some of the reasons why Canada’s one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

10 Reasons to choose COSTA RICA as your 2019 & 2020 concert tour destination

Join the performance adventure that 
 awaits you in COSTA RICA

Perform in Costa Rica
  1. Beautiful flora/fauna/vistas!!!
  2. Affordable
  3. Join the choir festival in May 2019 – Dr. Ian Loeppky with orchestral accompaniment and local musicians
  4. No jet lag
  5. Explore famous volcanos, waterfalls, lush rain forests, pristine beaches
  6. Friendly welcoming people
  7. Get adventurous! Options for ziplining, horseback riding or river rafting
  8. Closer to home
  9. Perform with locals in venues grand and intimate with city and rural immersion opportunities
  10. Learn about Costa Rica’s finest exports: coffee & tropical fruits!
Share your ensemble’s musical talent & be adventurous with us in Costa Rica!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Join Michael McGlynn, Anúna singers and Henry Leck in Dublin for the June 2019 Choir Festival

I am pleased to announce the 2019 Choral Festival in Ireland will be co-conducted by Michael McGlynn and me. KIconcerts’ Oliver Scofield and I are just back from a meeting with Michael in Dublin at which he also accepted a commission to write a new piece for the Ireland Festival Combined Choir to premiere on June 28 in Dublin!


The world premiere piece is being titled
“The Song of the Blackbird”
McGlynn proposes a simple text based on the ancient story of the Blackbird representing the voice of the natural world, with a song so pure and simple that it transcends the sound even of the monk's singing at prayer, or the matin bell.



Michael McGlynn is one of Ireland’s finest contemporary composers and the choir he founded, Anúna, is one of the leading choral voices of Ireland. In addition to “The Song of the Blackbird” we will sing three other McGlynn pieces – “Dúlamán”, “Jerusalem” and “An Oíche” along with American repertoire I will select. I wonder if there is anything to compare with your singers working with a renowned composer to bring their new choral creation to life?

Is there another country as safe and comfortable that calls to us in the same way as does Ireland…its music, rolling hills, whimsical nature, shared ancestry, quaint towns, intense history, some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet not to mention the odd leprechaun and the elusive four leaf clover.

In addition to singing in the combined choir alongside Anúna Choristers, there is the opportunity for individual concerts, pre and post touring as well as a one-on-one workshop with singers from Anúna for those choirs registering early.

See you in Dublin!!!

Henry Leck
Co-conductor
KIconcerts Distinguished Music Advisor



Michael McGlynn/Anúna workshopping with 
Cherry Creek Girls’ 21/Adam Cave - March 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

10 reasons to perform in China - including Eric Stark's 2019 Beijing/Hong Kong Festival

The TOP 10 REASONS you need consider China 
as your 2019 or 2020 concert tour destination

  1. Become immersed in 5000 years of unique history
  2. Savor the flavors and tastes of a distinctive cuisine
  3. Sing in the 2019 Beijing/Hong Kong Choral Festival with Eric Stark - May 2019
  4. Enjoy musical and cultural exchange with local singers
  5. Climb (and sing at) the Great Wall of China - one of the “7 World Wonders”
  6. Visit Shanghai seeing stunning tradition and modernity side by side
  7. Tour Xian experiencing the thousands of breathtaking terra cotta warriors
  8. Sing in venues such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall (tbd) for appreciative audiences
  9. Tour Beijing’s Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven & take a historic rickshaw ride
  10. Make new friends and create lifelong memories with the people of China!
These are just some of the reasons why China’s one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!


Friday, March 23, 2018

AUSTRIA - One of the world's most outstanding concert tour destinations!

Traveling singing friends

The 10 TOP REASONS you need consider Austria as your 2019 or 2020 concert tour destination include:

  1. SALZBURG’S favorite son is celebrated throughout this charming town – see Mozart’s own violin and visit the house he lived in
  2. Sail down the Danube to Melk Abbey or drive up to ‘Haydn’s Esterhazy’
  3. JOHN DICKSON is leading a choir festival to Vienna – June 3-9, 2019
  4. Taste the world’s best Sache Torte
  5. VIENNA is a city of grandeur impressing all who visit – so many places to perform: St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Votivekirche, Peterskirche to name a few
  6. Relive the drama and excitement of the Sound of Music
  7. Sing Mozart’s Requiem (and a world premiere opener) – CATHERINE SAILER – June 17-23, 2019
  8. Enjoy exchanges and cultural immersion
  9. Visit AUSTRIA as a gateway to the Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest), Germany (Munich)
  10. Sing for educated and appreciative audiences
These are just some of the reasons why Austria’s one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!

Oliver Scofield

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Join Dr. Eric Stark in his 2019 Hong Kong/Beijing Choir Festival - repertoire confirmed

With great pleasure I share news of the repertoire we will perform together in our Hong Kong and Beijing Choral Festival, May 2019.

I am combining some of North America’s best-loved music with the fantastic singers you have in your ensembles and creating exciting opportunities for musical sharing and cultural exchange together with the many new friends we will make along the way.


For the combined choirs portion of our 
Festival performances, we will perform the following:

FROSTIANA, Randall Thompson’s 1959 setting of poetry by Robert Frost. These seven short movements feature Frost’s uniquely American vision in some of his greatest poems ever, including “The Road Not Taken” and “Choose Something Like a Star.” Evocatively scored for piano mixed chorus (with several movements for SSA/TTBB alone), these works will give us a chance to feature the talents of your singers in the Festival Chorus setting.

For our concert closers, we will feature two of the greatest loved African-American spirituals: AIN'A THAT GOOD NEWS and THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD, both by arranger William L. Dawson.

You will also be invited to sing in your own right in the 1st half of the gala concert as well as in individual concerts as requested. 


As we know from experience, our tour audiences are always thrilled to experience beautiful American music from American choirs. I look forward to this unique chance to share some of our best loved choral works together and with our new friends in Hong Kong and Beijing.

As you can see, this Festival tour offers incredible opportunities for cultural immersion, sharing and mutual understanding. Beijing and Hong Kong 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.

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

Download Prospectus | Contact KI for tour details


Monday, March 12, 2018

Seeing you in Pasadena at the ACDA Western Conference


KIconcerts looks forward to being with you in Pasadena, March 14-17.

You will find us in the Exhibit Hall.

Come and talk with us about our custom concert tour destinations on 6 continents or about our great festivals led by luminaries of the caliber of:  Leck-McGlynn/IrelandSharkova/CanadaDickson/AustriaLloyd/Wales & England, Stark/China and Loeppky/Costa Rica. A fuller list of the 2019 festivals are here. If you are not attending this year, feel free to call or email any time or even visit us in sunny Colorado.

KIconcerts is a leader in the field of performance tour travel. We’ve been presenting ensembles in places grand and intimate, iconic and community based for 40 years. You are the music visionary and we facilitate your touring and performance aspirations. You bring your vision and we’ll match your passion with our experience, venue contacts, audience generation, accompaniment, cultural immersion, exchange opportunities and informative touring.

Our clients are our fiercest advocates and you are welcome to talk to any of them about their KI experience.

Speak soon

Tanya Davie
International Programs Executive

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Seeing you in Pittsburgh at the ACDA Eastern Conference - BOOTH 107

KIconcerts looks forward to being with you in Pittsburgh, March 7-10.

You will find us at booth 107.

Come and talk with us about our custom concert tour destinations on 6 continents or about our great festivals led by luminaries of the caliber of: Dilworth/England, Leck & Poloz/Canada, Leck-McGlynn/Ireland, Lloyd/Wales & England and Galván/Italy. A fuller list of the 2019 festivals are here. If you are not attending this year, feel free to call or email any time or even visit us in sunny Colorado.

KIconcerts is a leader in the field of performance tour travel. We’ve been presenting ensembles in places grand and intimate, iconic and community based for 40 years. You are the music visionary and we facilitate your touring and performance aspirations. You bring your vision and we’ll match your passion with our experience, venue contacts, audience generation, accompaniment, cultural immersion, exchange opportunities and informative touring.

Our clients are our fiercest advocates and you are welcome to talk to any of them about their KI experience.

Speak soon

Lance Lancaster

Monday, February 12, 2018

Seeing you in Chicago at the ACDA Central/North Central Conference

KIconcerts looks forward to being with you in Chicago, February 14-17.

You will find us at booth 103.

Come and talk with us about our custom concert tour destinations on 6 continents or about our great festivals led by luminaries of the caliber of: Leck-McGlynn/Ireland, Sharkova/Canada, Dickson/Austria, Lloyd/England, Stark/China and Loeppky/Costa Rica. A fuller list of the 2019 festivals are here. If you are not attending this year, feel free to call or email any time or even visit us in sunny Colorado.

KIconcerts is a leader in the field of performance tour travel. We’ve been presenting ensembles in places grand and intimate, iconic and community based for 40 years. You are the music visionary and we facilitate your touring and performance aspirations. You bring your vision and we’ll match your passion with our experience, venue contacts, audience generation, accompaniment, cultural immersion, exchange opportunities and informative touring.

Our clients are our fiercest advocates and you are welcome to talk to any of them about their KI experience.

Speak soon

Oliver Scofield
President

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Europe - a fresh look at Southern & Northern Europe concert tours!

With 40 years’ experience staging fine concert tours around Europe, KIconcerts has taken a fresh look at our European destinations, tour patterns and concert opportunities as well as the safety and economics of different destinations. This email focuses on Europe's South and North. In previous emails we have updated Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland.

SPAIN BARCELONA, MADRID, VALENCIA, SEVILLE, GRANADA – a gateway to PORTUGAL or the FRENCH RIVIERA (Provence, Avignon, Monaco). A magnificent coastline, Gaudi’s awe inspiring architecture, the legacy of the Moors and the exploration of the then known world. Spanish food, rhythms and sounds combine into a kaleidoscope of experiences including great concerts in commanding cathedrals, in local communities embracing exchanges and in the many different cultures of modern Spain. To the south is Portugal and to the north is France – equally enticing in richness of opportunity for unique performances

GREECE Walk with the ancient gods in Greece soaking in the origins of civilization at every street corner, in every town and on every Greek island. The sun warms the heart of the locals as they welcome our visiting ensembles, hosting concerts, dinners and dazzling touring experiences. A GREEK ISLAND cruise is an option for either 3 or 4 days including a chance to stage a concert for all the other passengers. Concerts in ATHENS round off a visit to this surprisingly affordable jewel of the Mediterranean.

  

NORTHERN EUROPE There are cost effective ways for ensembles to visit Europe’s north. For instance, a more affordable way to be immersed in the distinctive music and touring opportunities of the north is to start in Finland’s capital of HELSINKI, sail on a short ferry ride to TALLINN, Estonia and then perhaps end in RIGA, Latvia or sail overnight to STOCKHOLM, Sweden. In summer the days barely end, the old towns are historic gems, and each country’s culture is more distinctive than the last.

Europe is all this and more; AUSTRIA, ITALY, GERMANY, POLAND, CROATIA, FRANCE, the CZECH REPUBLIC and HUNGARY etc. etc. Experience the tapestry that weaves this patchwork of countries together and which offers you the finest opportunities in your world of music.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Europe - a fresh look at Austria & Italy concert tours!

With 40 years’ experience staging fine concert tours around Europe, KIconcerts has taken a fresh look at our European destinations, tour patterns and concert opportunities as well as the safety and economics of different destinations. Austria, Italy and UK / Ireland remain the most popular for music ensembles followed by Europe's South and North.

AUSTRIA Walking in the footsteps of the masters is no cliché in Austria. VIENNA remains a center of European culture reminding us of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The city calls musicians to it still offering great venues, immersion in exchange activities/workshops as well as appreciative and sophisticated audiences. From Vienna, day trips include Melk Abbey sailing on the Danube, Haydn’s Esterhazy, Slovakia’s Bratislava and Hungary’s Sopron. SALZBURG is only 3 hours west, a charming village atmosphere celebrates their favored son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! The 2019 Austria Festival is to be led brilliantly by Dr. John Dickson with individual choir performances in Salzburg prior to performing in the Festival Choir in Vienna and before the individual concert opportunities offered in PRAGUE or BUDAPEST for instance.

KI concert tours to Austria KI John Dickson - Sing Austria 2019 Festival

ITALY The Eternal City – ROME, the VATICAN State, the cradle of the Renaissance in FLORENCE/TUSCANY and those who ruled the seas from a lagoon from which VENICE rose; no other country on earth can lay claim to this rich living history. To experience this (or Pompeii, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, Lake Como etc.) is like walking onto a movie set. Iconic locations, breathtaking vistas, dramatic structures and buildings – not to mention the food and culture, a culture which has nurtured so much of western music. The engaging and talented Janet Galván will lead our 2019 Passion of Italy Festival with the combined choir singing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica (tbd) followed by a gala concert featuring the participating choirs. The combined Festival Choir will be staged in a grand cathedral of Rome before individual choirs continue their own concert tour of this great land.

KI Italy concert tours KI Janet Galvan Passion of Italy 2019

Europe is all this and more; SPAIN, GREECE, GERMANY, POLAND, CROATIA, FRANCE, the CZECH REPUBLIC and HUNGARY. Experience the tapestry that weaves this patchwork of countries together and which offers you the finest opportunities in your world of music.



Friday, January 19, 2018

Colorado's premier performance tour company - exhibiting at CMEA 2018

Frank Ticheli & Oliver Scofield at Midwest 2017

KIconcerts is proudly based in Colorado and stages the finest concert tours around the world.

We offer festivals such as with Frank Ticheli in Toronto, Canada in late June/early July 2019.

KI also presents custom tour opportunities on 6 continents.

We will be exhibiting at CMEA at the Broadmoor for those attending but we are always available to visit ensembles across Colorado.

Our clients are our best advocates – feel free to talk to any of our previous touring ensembles.

We are happy to create proposals, offer comparative pricing and be a resource for any touring questions you may have.

Wishing you a great 2018!

Oliver Scofield
President

Monday, January 15, 2018

Colorado's premier performance tour company - exhibiting at CMEA 2018

KIconcerts is proudly based in Colorado and stages the finest concert tours around the world.

We offer festivals in Canada and overseas including in Dr. Catherine Sailer’s ‘Mozart in Vienna’ festival in mid-June 2019 (featuring an opening premiere piece being written by Kevin Padworski).

KI also presents custom tour opportunities on 6 continents.

We will be exhibiting at CMEA at the Broadmoor for those attending but we are always available to visit ensembles across Colorado.

Our clients are our best advocates – feel free to talk to any of our previous touring ensembles especially touring friends from Colorado: Cherry Creek High School, Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and Catherine Sailer's 2017 Italy Festival.

We are happy to create proposals, offer comparative pricing and be a resource for any touring questions you may have.

Wishing you a great 2018!

Oliver Scofield
President

Friday, January 12, 2018

A fresh look at UK/IRELAND concert tours

KI’s has taken a fresh look at UK & Ireland to match the changing interests of our ensembles, world circumstances and alternative approaches to touring.

KI Ireland Sample ToursIRELAND offers value for money, comfort, and a whimsy unique to the Irish. Walk through amazing history, be applauded by appreciative audiences and keep an eye out for the occasional 4 leaf clover or leprechaun. Dublin is proudly hosting the 2019 festival with Henry Leck and the music of Michael McGlynn (and the voice of Ireland, Anúna).

KI concert tours to England, Wales & ScotlandIn ENGLAND, WALES & SCOTLAND ensembles are considering bypassing London and instead touring England’s fascinating Southwest, mysterious Wales, passionate Yorkshire and hearing the bagpipes of Scotland. Be immersed in the many ‘countries’ of Britain in exchange concert settings and feel the pulse of these ancient lands.

KI London Sample TourBut, for ‘pomp and circumstance’, nothing beats LONDON. One of the world’s truly great cities, London boasts more iconic sites per square mile than anywhere else in Europe; Buckingham Palace, Westminster, River Thames, Covent Garden, West End, St Paul’s Cathedral not to mention the royal baby and wedding this year. Great venues and a tradition of the finest music make this the perfect capital city to visit.

The UK offers so many opportunities to mix and match. For instance, Rollo Dilworth’s 2019 festival offers concerts in London and a featured performance at the Harrogate Festival of Music in England’s North while Thomas Lloyd’s Cathedral Anthems festival is being staged in Wales and London.

Enjoy a fresh look at performing in UK/Ireland with KIconcerts while the British Pound is at its most affordable in many a year.

Oliver Scofield
President


Thursday, January 4, 2018

So you're thinking to tour your choir in 2019…


  • How to get the greatest value for money - complimentary package ratios 
  • Safety/comfort while enjoying cultural distinctiveness and immersion
  • Custom or festival tours – or the best of both worlds 
  • Europe (North, South, East or West – UK or Ireland) 
  • Closer to home (Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Iceland, Mexico, USA) 
  • Roads less traveled (Australia/New Zealand, Peru, Argentina, China, India, South Africa) 
  • Grand, iconic and intimate venue options
  • Exchange and individual concert opportunities
  • Repertoire and accompaniment possibilities
  • Number of days on the road, meals, hotels, sightseeing
  • Balancing performing, education, fun, history and free time to explore
  • Flights, transit times, luggage, passports, travel insurance, pay schedules/methods.

I invite you to let the KIconcerts team consider all this for you – this is what we do day in and out. Let us apply our vast combined experience here and overseas to work up proposals for you that cover all of these points based on your preferences.

Wishing you a 2018 full of health, joy, laughter, purpose and reward.

Sincerely

Oliver Scofield
President

KIconcerts custom choir tours and festivals



So you're thinking to tour your ensemble in 2019…


  • How to get the greatest value for money - complimentary package ratios 
  • Safety/comfort while enjoying cultural distinctiveness and immersion
  • Custom or festival tours – or the best of both worlds 
  • Europe (North, South, East or West – UK or Ireland) 
  • Closer to home (Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Iceland, Mexico, USA) 
  • Roads less traveled (Australia/New Zealand, Peru, Argentina, China, India, South Africa) 
  • Grand, iconic and intimate venue options
  • Exchange and individual concert opportunities
  • Repertoire and accompaniment possibilities
  • Number of days on the road, meals, hotels, sightseeing
  • Balancing performing, education, fun, history and free time to explore
  • Flights, transit times, luggage, passports, travel insurance, pay schedules/methods.

I invite you to let the KIconcerts team consider all this for you – this is what we do day in and out. Let us apply our vast combined experience here and overseas to work up proposals for you that cover all of these points based on your preferences.

Wishing you a 2018 full of health, joy, laughter, purpose and reward.

Sincerely

Oliver Scofield
President

KIconcerts custom choir tours and festivals