We are delighted that Dr. Heather J. Buchanan has accepted the invitation to lead the 2017 Passion of Italy Festival joining a list of great previous artistic directors of this festival including: Craig Hella Johnson, Anna Hamre, Rollo Dilworth, Karen Kennedy, Hilary Apfelstadt.
Italy is a destination that calls to every singer. In Rome there are opportunities for individual performances, combined choir rehearsals, singing of Mass by the combined festival choir at St. Peter's Basilica and the Festival Gala concert - which is then replicated in Florence for those who choose to join us in Tuscany. Some choirs have opted to travel onto Venice for further touring and performances.
One of the great aspects of a festival like this is the welcome to participation is equal for full choirs as it is for groups of singers from choirs not able to travel in their entirety. The musical offering is as rich and we are able to combine smaller groupings for the bussing and guiding aspects to ensure the optimum 40+ travel price is offered to all.
Dr. Buchanan programs repertoire reflecting the spirit of destination. The Vivaldi Gloria is her selected "masterwork" for the combined festival choir. It appeals to singers and audiences alike capitalizing on the vibrancy of younger voices and maturity of experienced singers. The repertoire choices for the St Peter’s Mass will be finalized once registrations for the festival are concluded.
If you know of Dr. Buchanan's work, you will know the integrity of this opportunity at every level - the touring, the camaraderie, the collaborative approaches that are her hallmark as well as the excellence in music she creates and amplifies!
Please feel free to be in touch with Dr. Buchanan directly for further information or with me for a fuller prospectus about the event.
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