Friday, December 7, 2018

Custom vs Festival concert tours for your choir

We often get asked what is likely to be better for my ensemble – a fully customized tour vs a festival experience.

Travel dates, destination preferences and nature of the ensemble are guiding factors that might pull the decision toward a custom tour. Alternatively a director might be keen to have their ensemble interact with a specific festival leader, perform at a major festival venue or sing a chosen masterwork.

The term festivals covers a wide spectrum - local festivals we promote, our own festivals featuring KI’s great roster of choral doyens and of course competitions that others stage.

Combining a custom & festival tour is easy. KI’s festival tours are essentially a customized concert tour with: two half days of rehearsals (including an individual concert), a dress rehearsal followed later in the day by the combined concert (which also features our individual choirs staged in their own right). The rest of the each ensemble’s tour is completely customized to individual needs (touring, concerts, exchanges, duration of tour etc.).


In 2020 we have a KI FESTIVAL in each of our key destinations for different styles of ensembles at different times of the early summer:

KI's 2020 Choir Festivals

John DICKSON – Rome along with Florence & Venice options (June 8 departure)
Thomas LLOYD – London & Edinburgh gala concerts (June 20 departure)
Elena SHARKOVA/Henry LECK – Salzburg/Vienna with Budapest & Prague options (June 21 departure)
Rollo DILWORTH – The magic of Ireland & Dilworth entwined (June 30 departure)
Elise BRADLEY/Henry LECK - Toronto – closer to home – treble & mixed choir options (July 5 departure)


Our year-round DESTINATIONS include:

KI custom tour destinations

We would be happy to talk with you about which style of tour (destination and/or festival) suits your ensemble best.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Your next concert tour begins at the Midwest Clinic or with a phone call

KI & You - at Midwest Clinic
Colleagues,

It would be great to meet up with you at this month’s Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago or to chat on the phone if you are not attending this year.

As you know, KI stages concert tours around the world but you might not know KI:
  • includes core travel insurance so you don’t need think about it 
  • can bill travelers directly meaning one less task for you 
  • tailors accommodation and meals to your wishes 
  • ensures there are audiences wherever you are performing 
  • arranges exchange interactions and shared concerts as requested 
  • looks to borrow instruments (especially percussion) wherever possible 
  • matches venues to your performance needs 
  • flies new clients to our head office to meet the team and plan your tour 
  • adjusts the ratio of complimentary packages to your requirements 
  • invites you to talk to any of KI’s clients to ask what the KI experience is 
  • will match pricing with any comparable tour – without sacrificing KI quality 
It goes without saying that we plan your destination/itinerary/routing with your safety and comfort paramount.

I’d welcome the chance to meet in Chicago enabling us to blend your talent, leadership and vision with our contacts, experience and passion for bringing your tour dreams to reality.

Be in touch to make a time to meet or for me to call you if you are not heading to Chicago this year.

Oliver Scofield


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

For the musical pioneer in us all – Roads Less Traveled… custom choir tours & festivals

KI's roads less traveled custom & festival choir tours

Returning from hosting a director in Morocco/Portugal for his forthcoming concert tour brought to mind how many of our ensembles are interested in destinations a little or a lot off the beaten path.


Vietnam, India, Japan, China in Asia
Australia, New Zealand in the Pacific
Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada closer to home
Finland, Estonia, Sweden in Europe’s North 
Greece, Southern Spain, Portugal in Europe’s South
Argentina, Brazil, Peru in South America 


led by Henry Leck & Elise Bradley

2021 festivals in Canada
& with Jonathan Palant in Vietnam


Friday, November 16, 2018

Italy custom choir tours AND John Dickson's 2020 Passion of Italy Choir Festival

KI's Italy custom tours and the 2020 John Dickson Passion of Italy Choir Festival

The cradle of the renaissance, 
the seat of an empire, the home of a 
religion – imposing Rome, fascinating 
Florence, surreal Venice



Venice & Milan with John Dickson

Individual & Festival Concerts
Rome & Florence Tour Options

JUNE 2020

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

UK custom choir tours AND the 2020 London Choir Festival with Thomas Lloyd

KI's UK custom tours and 2020 London Choir Festival with Thomas Lloyd

Different yet comfortable, living history 
and pageantry – England, Scotland, Wales – 
London, Stonehenge and the West End.



with Thomas Lloyd

Individual & Festival Concerts
York & Edinburgh Extension Option

JUNE 2020




Monday, November 12, 2018

Join Henry Leck in Vienna or Toronto in June & July 2020 choir festivals

Dear Directors

I am delighted to have two great international festival opportunities to offer you in 2020. One is closer to home in Canada which I am leading with Elise Bradley, Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Choir. The other is in the birthplace of so much of our music traditions, Austria, where I will be joining Elena Sharkova to lead the Sing Austria festival.

KI's Sing Austria Choir Festival 2020 with Henry Leck & Elena Sharkova VIENNA SATB Festival
One of my favorite places to have toured with my choirs has been Austria. I love the musical heritage and tradition. The scenery, the food, the people, the sounds… so great! So I am pleased to announce KIconcerts' Sing Austria Festival in June 2020 in Vienna with possible extensions to other Central European destinations.

To make this even more exciting, I get to co-conduct with my buddy Elena Sharkova!! If any of you have worked with her, you know she is not only a consummate musician, but a bundle of passion, energy, and love of life!!

We hope you will join us in Austria to create a truly magical experience for your choristers, accompanying travelers and audiences alike.

KI's Notes of Joy Toronto Choir Festival in 2020 with Elise Bradley & Henry Leck
TORONTO Treble & SATB Festival
Following the success of the 2018 Montreal festival, KIconcerts invited me back to lead the 2020 Toronto Notes of Joy Festival which I will be co-conducting with Elise Bradley.

Notes of Joy is a festival for US and Canadian treble and mixed voice choirs. We will rehearse the two festival choirs separately bringing them together for a stunning finale.

I welcome the opportunity to work with you and your singers in Toronto in July 2020. Let’s take this chance together to create life changing musical moments for your singers.

With a passion for singing,

Henry Leck
Co-conductor – Sing Austria & Notes of Joy



Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ireland custom tours AND the 2020 Rollo Dilworth Choir Festival

KI's Ireland custom tours and the 2020 Dublin Choir Festival with Rollo Dilworth


A land of whimsy, the occasional four leaf clover 
and the rarer leprechaun. Enjoy the hospitality, 
the vistas and the proud culture.




with 
Rollo Dilworth 

Individual & Festival Concerts
Belfast & Cork Tour Options


Friday, November 9, 2018

Austria/Central Europe invites your performance



The grandeur of Vienna, sounds of Salzburg, unique charm of Prague and the compelling nature of Budapest.




Salzburg & Vienna with 
Elena Sharkova & Henry Leck 

Individual & Festival Concerts
Prague & Budapest Tour Options

JUNE 2020



Thursday, September 6, 2018

2020 choir festivals around the world announced – Dilworth/Leck/Dickson/Sharkova/Lloyd

KIconcerts announces its 2020 FESTIVALS in the world’s 
greatest cities with the best conductors, repertoire, 
venues, accompaniment, audiences and YOU!



Individual concerts & touring – combined rehearsals & gala concert
The best of Your World of Music


Be in touch about these and the 2019 Festivals that still have space for more singers. For those planning 2021 already, Craig Hella Johnson is leading the Ireland Festival that year.


Friday, August 24, 2018

It's not too late - singing with Michael McGlynn in Ireland next summer! 2019 Ireland Choir Festival

Dear friends

I know that many of you are finalizing your concert touring plans for next year and wanted to be sure KIconcerts had forwarded you information on the festival Michael McGlynn and I are leading in Dublin late next June.
I can tell you first hand that this festival will be incredible as it is uniquely geared toward a multi-cultural choir experience. In addition to the rare opportunity to sing with members of the Anúna choir, there are limited spaces available for choirs to have one on one workshops with Anúna singers. I witnessed one last year and can speak to the depth of knowledge shared and the impact on the visiting singers! I know your choristers will have a life changing musical and cultural experience. I recommend checking out these YouTube videos to become even more familiar with Anúna and some of the repertoire we are considering. Please take a listen!

"The Music of Michael McGlynn & ANÚNA" ACDA National Presentation 2015
ANÚNA: "Jerusalem" arr. Michael McGlynn
ANÚNA: Dúlamán written by Michael McGlynn

In addition Michael McGlynn has agreed to write a new piece for this festival, which we will premiere. This is what Michael says about the new piece:

I was considering a title for the commissioned piece. I had a look at something that would yield a simple SATB with no divisi, and the best way forward is 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. So the title is, simply, “The Song of the Blackbird”.

I would love to have you join us for this wonderful choral event, different from any other! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!! I would love to have you and your choir join us!!

Henry Leck
Artistic Director & Co-conductor

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Time to finalize 2019 concert touring plans – join Janet Galván's Passion of Italy Festival July 2019

I hope the start of your academic/singing/concert year is smooth and energizing.

While you are considering your concert touring options for next year, I wanted to send you information on my Passion of Italy Festival in Rome early July, 2019. I am so excited to be working with KIconcerts again. This company provides incredible travel experiences for choral ensembles. The concerts are promoted, and the balance between the ensemble working on their own and as part of the larger chorus is incredible.
I am sure that you know how thrilling a destination Rome is with the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Coliseum, the Vatican and everything else that makes this truly ‘the Eternal City’. The city is magical for those visiting the first time as well as for those returning for one more of many trips there. Choirs attending previous Passion of Italy festivals also toured Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast and Milan for further amazing Italian touring experiences.

I love to bring a variety of voices and choruses together working until they become a majestic combined choir worthy of singing Mass at St. Peter’s (tbd) and in our Gala Concert in Rome. Coming together with other singers to create something incredible is thrilling. Of course I also never lose sight of the pleasure that comes from staging our individual choirs in their own performances in great venues in another country.

I am still considering repertoire options for the festival because I want the program to reflect the needs of all participating ensembles. These decisions will be made very soon. Please let me know of your interests, and I will seek to design the program with your interests in mind. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact KIconcerts and/or me personally. The incredible people at KIconcerts know when to refer questions to me.

I am excited to be working in Italy again and to have the opportunity to work with fine ensembles such as yours in this dynamic and special way!

Dr. Janet Galván
Artistic Director & Conductor

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Welcome back to a new singing year - London choir festival with Rollo Dilworth - summer 2019

Dear Friends

I know we have all been busy over the summer and are now focusing on the year ahead. One of my summer highlights was conducting the combined US/Italian choir for the 2018 Passion of Italy Festival. In between rehearsals, singing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and performing our Gala concert, participating choirs had opportunities for their own concerts in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan.

Next year I am leading the London festival and would welcome your participation. We will rehearse and perform in London and then have the option to travel up north to also perform in the Harrogate International Festival.
London offers the most iconic sightseeing in the world and for instance, within two hours of the city, you can also visit Harry Potter’s Oxford, the Queen’s Windsor Castle, The Druid’s Stonehenge and Chaucer’s Canterbury Cathedral.

I hope you might consider joining us June 29-July 4, 2019 for the great singing experiences and to explore the pomp and circumstance of Great Britain with your ensemble!

The fine team at KI or I can answer any questions and provide more detail

Rollo Dilworth
Artistic Director & Conductor


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Join McGlynn, Leck & Anúna for the 2019 Ireland Choral Festival!

3 CHORAL ICONS PRESENT THE
2019 Ireland Choral Festival

In addition to singing in the combined choir, co-conducted by Leck and McGlynn and 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.

McGlynn’s love of traditional Irish song and its great literary culture led him to create the choral ensemble ANÚNA in 1987 as a vehicle for his compositions, building a unique choral form for Ireland. Its popularity is testament to the talent of Michael’s, his choristers and its unique way of speaking to Ireland and the world.

ANÚNA - Ireland's flagship acappella vocal ensemble represents the passion of Irish musical heritage and literature. Its unique status in Irish musical life has allowed it to create and develop a worldwide education program that is offered to festival participants.

An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years. He is the Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Indianapolis Youth Chorale. He invited McGlynn to co-direct this festival to share the beauty of Michael’s music with American singers.


CONTACT KI for details on joining the festival.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fauré Requiem in Montréal – Sing with us - June 2019 with Elena Sharkova


JOIN ME
Montréal Choral Festival
(SATB)

JUNE 16-20, 2019
Download Montreal 2019 with Elena Sharkova prospectus

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


Friday, May 25, 2018

Your 2019 Toronto Treble Choir Festival invitation from Zimfira Poloz & Henry Leck

KIconcerts - Toronto Treble Choir Festival 2019 with Zimfira Poloz and Henry Leck

JOIN US
JULY 1-5, 2019
Download Italy 2019 Janet Galvan prospectus

We are both delighted to invite you and your choir to Toronto to sing in our 2019 festival celebrating the sounds of fine treble choirs. What a great week to bring Canadian and US choirs together as Canada Day is celebrated on our arrival day and US Independence Day on the gala concert day.

We are developing an outstanding musical experience of rehearsals, workshops and combined performances featuring repertoire from great North American composers which will complement any individual concerts you might wish for your choirs.

Please join us with your singers and let us combine our voices, our talent and our passion to make this an experience none of us will forget!

Zimfira Poloz & Henry Leck
Co-Conductors

Join Frank Ticheli for his Toronto Band Festival - June 2019

KIconcerts - Toronto Band Festival 2019 with Frank Ticheli

YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN MY
Toronto Band Festival
JUNE 24-28, 2019
Download prospectus - Toronto Band Festival 2019 with Frank Ticheli

I am inviting full and partial ensembles (student and community bands) to combine for a spectacular gala concert in the lead up to Canada Day 2019.

We will rehearse and perform together as a festival ensemble in addition to opportunities for bands to perform individually. There is nothing quite like musicians coming together in this way to celebrate their talent in great venues in front of appreciative audiences.

I look forward to working with you as we prepare for this special celebration of North American band music. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have based on my great experience working with KIconcerts on previous festivals like this.

Frank Ticheli
Artistic Director



The performance venues were world class, working with Frank Ticheli was a once in a lifetime experience, but what’s even more is that everything from the hotel, to the tour guides, to the coach drivers, to the logistics, even down to the food was outstanding!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spain & Portugal – 2 great countries - 10 Reasons to perform there

10 reasons to choose SPAIN & PORTUGAL as your 2019 & 2020 concert tour destination
  1. Experience Portugal’s International Sand Sculpture Festival & Algarve’s beaches
  2. Sing in Southern Spain, Portugal or both!
  3. Southern Spain dazzles with Seville, Granada and the Spanish coast
  4. Not to mention Picasso, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Salvador Dali
  5. Perform in grand cathedrals with warm audiences
  6. Portugal is the jewel of Southern Europe’s Mediterranean – Lisbon, Porto, Algarve
  7. Visit nearby Gibraltar or take a day trip to Morocco
  8. Sample the unique food and drink of the region
  9. Experience Flamenco or Fado dance and music
  10. Great weather, delicious food and astonishing touring & performing opportunities

Friday, May 18, 2018

Walk in Beauty – Sing in Rome - Passion of Italy Choir Festival with Janet Galván, July 2019

KIconcerts Passion of Italy with Janet Galvan July 2019

JOIN ME
Passion of Italy
ROME CHOIR FESTIVAL
JULY 5-11, 2019
Download Italy 2019 Janet Galvan prospectus

I am thrilled to invite you to participate in the 2019 Passion of Italy festival. I love Italy, and I also love bringing singers together to create what I call “the power of we” in 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 Rome 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.

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 to embark on this musical adventure together.

A presto! (See you soon)

Dr. Janet Galván
Artistic Director & Conductor

The artistic and logistical support afforded us was exemplary – nobody does it better than KIconcerts!

Passion of Italy 2017 Artistic Director & Conductor


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Acropolis, cruising the Greek Isles… Top 10 reasons to choose GREECE as your next concert tour destination

10 reasons to choose GREECE as your 
2019 & 2020 concert tour destination
  1. Walk through history – experience the cradle of civilization
  2. Encounter hospitality as the Greeks invented it
  3. Sail the islands, Mykonos, Crete, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini
  4. Exchange with local ensembles – musical, dance, folkloric
  5. Take a 1 day cruise – take a 3-4 night cruise – sparkle on the Mediterranean
  6. Feast upon the freshest, tastiest and cheapest food in Southern Europe
  7. Climb the Acropolis with a chance for a brief recital
  8. Shop for handmade goods in local Greek markets
  9. Follow the footsteps of the Apostle Paul to Piraeus, Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos & Corinth
  10. Great climate for year-round tours!

Monday, May 7, 2018

England's 2019 Choral Festival with Rollo Dilworth

KIconcerts: England's 2019 Choral Festival with Rollo Dilworth

Join me in England
London & Harrogate Music Festival
JUNE 29-JULY 7, 2019
Download England 2019 Rollo Dilworth prospectus
Friends,

Magnificent London is hosting our 2019 festival rehearsals, individual performances and the gala concert. In addition, we will see all the iconic sights of this great city while we enjoy exchange concerts and prepare for our joining together as a combined festival choir.

Then, for those that wish it we will journey North to York and then onto Harrogate in England’s heartland. Harrogate is an ancient spa town renowned for its hospitality and for celebrating the arts. The Harrogate Music Festival is the jewel in the crown of the Harrogate International Festivals program and we are to be honored with a featured guest performance in the 2019 Festival. The breathtaking Royal Hall in Harrogate has been proposed as a possible venue for this gala concert.

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 Dilworth
Artistic Director & Conductor

Rollo Dilworth is an excellent conductor, motivator and encourager for our children. He is a teacher at heart and an incredibly kind person. KI delivered exactly what they sold.


Friday, May 4, 2018

10 reasons to perform in ITALY - including Janet Galván's 2019 Rome Festival

10 reasons ITALY should be your 2019 
& 2020 concert tour destination
  1. Culture, classics, composers, cathedrals, Colosseum, concerts, columns, cardinals, canals – captivating!
  2. Sing in the Janet Galván Passion of Italy Choir Festival  – July 5-11, 2019
  3. Enjoy a fresh gelato on a summer afternoon and savor authentic Italian cuisine
  4. Tour the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon and piazzas
  5. Hear echoes of the greatest of western music on street corners, in concert halls, in churches
  6. Tour the Vatican Museum (Sistine Chapel) – sing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica
  7. See Michelangelo’s David and tour Florence – the crucible of the Renaissance
  8. Explore Venice’s picturesque waterways by gondola
  9. Educational, fun, exuberant, life changing!
  10. Tour ‘under the Tuscan sun’ – visit Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Lucca’s ramparts, Sienna's stunning, simple beauty
These are just some of the reasons why Italy is one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2019 FESTIVALS: McGlynn, Leck, Dilworth, Poloz, Galván, Dickson, Sharkova, Stark, Loeppky, Sailer - WHAT A ROSTER!


Dublin Choral Festival • JUNE 23–29 

London/Harrogate Festival • JUNE 29–JULY 7 

Toronto Treble Festival • JULY 1–5 

Passion of Italy • JULY 5–11 

Sing Austria • JUNE 3–9 

Montreal SATB Festival • JUNE 16–20 

Beijing/Hong Kong Choir Festival • MAY 19–27 

Voices United Costa Rica • MAY 20–27 

Mozart in Vienna • JUNE 17–23 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Join Frank Ticheli for his Toronto Band Festival - June 2019

KIconcerts - Toronto Band Festival 2019 with Frank Ticheli

YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN MY
Toronto Band Festival
JUNE 24-28, 2019
Download prospectus - Toronto Band Festival 2019 with Frank Ticheli

I am inviting full and partial ensembles (student and community bands) to combine for a spectacular gala concert in the lead up to Canada Day 2019.

We will rehearse and perform together as a festival ensemble in addition to opportunities for bands to perform individually. There is nothing quite like musicians coming together in this way to celebrate their talent in great venues in front of appreciative audiences.

I look forward to working with you as we prepare for this special celebration of North American band music. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have based on my great experience working with KIconcerts on previous festivals like this.

Frank Ticheli
Artistic Director



The performance venues were world class, working with Frank Ticheli was a once in a lifetime experience, but what’s even more is that everything from the hotel, to the tour guides, to the coach drivers, to the logistics, even down to the food was outstanding!

Friday, April 27, 2018

10 reasons to choose Great Britain for your 2019/2020 concert tour destination

10 reasons GREAT BRITAIN should be your 
 2019/20 concert tour destination
  1. See the iconic sights including: Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Big Ben
  2. Join Rollo Dilworth for a gala concert in London and as part of the Harrogate International Festival in England’s North | June 29 – July 7, 2019
  3. Be transported to the time of the Druids at Stonehenge
  4. Walk through England’s ages – Bronze, Iron – the Celts, Romans, Saxons – the industrial revolution, the British Empire and the 2nd World War
  5. Join the fun of Royal watching and congratulating England on the birth of the royal baby
  6. Sing in venues that boast extraordinary history like Canterbury, Southwark, St. Paul’s, York, Bristol, St Martin-in-the Fields
  7. Visit the Churchill War Rooms, ride the London Eye, sail the Thames
  8. See the world through Shakespeare’s eyes: touring his Globe Theatre or visiting his home in Stratford-upon-Avon
  9. Sip tea, wave the Union Jack, eat fish and chips and learn to speak British English
  10. Feel the presence of Harry Potter at Kings Cross Station – Platform 9 3/4, in Oxford or at the Warner Bros. studios
These are just some of the reasons why Great Britain is one of our 10 most favored concert tour destinations – let us share our unique concert opportunities with you there!

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.