Updates on the blogs and news about the upcoming Incantato concert season 2009 will follow soon.
In the meantime, we thought you may enjoy reading about Christmas and New Year celebrations in some of the countries Incantato takes groups to by clicking on the following links:
Christmas in Spain
Christmas in Portugal
Christmas in Italy
Please note that Incantato Tours relocated to North Carolina.
Our new address is
2805 Olympus Drive, Charlotte, NC 28214
It was an honor for all of us at Incantato Tours & Concert to work with and for this fine organization and we thank the director Joseph Modica as well as Rick Christophersen and Dr. William Hall for the opportunity. For videos from the tour, please visit youtube.com/incantatotours
Excellent college, high school, community and church choirs may still apply, but space is limited. Interested conductors are invited to contact Incantato Tours & Concert Management via email. You may also call 718-404-9235 for additional information.
In 2009, Austria celebrates and commemorates composer Joseph Haydn who passed 200 years ago. A true highlight of the celebrations will be the choir festival and concert event at Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral). The magnificent cathedral has influenced Haydn and his work in many ways. In 1739, then 8-year-old Joseph joined the boy choir which he had to leave when his voice broke at age 17. The composer’s relationship with Austria’s most important cathedral intensified in the years to come. In 1760, Haydn even got married in Stephansdom.
The two-day festival includes various workshops with the festival conductor and a dress rehearsal in the cathedral with the Domorchester and well-known soloists prior to the performance benefitting the restoration of Stephansdom. There will be plenty of opportunity for cultural immersion through in-depth visits of Vienna and cultural exchanges with local musicians. Another highlight will be the welcome reception when all festival participants meet under the rooftop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a very special place usually closed to the public. The festival concludes with yet another musicians get together after the concert.
Individual performances for participating choirs can be arranged as part of your organization's individual performance tour. Pre- and post-festival European concert tour itineraries will be custom designed for your ensemble. You may choose from a myriad of destinations and performance opportunities in Italy, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Malta, Spain…
"As a director I loved the personal touch Incantato was able to provide and the attention they gave to even the smallest details. Incantato worked with us to suit our tour of Central Europe to our ensemble’s needs and objectives. The result was a brilliant tour that featured amazing performance venues, excellent guides, and unique cultural experiences that the students and I will remember for a lifetime."
Dr. Graeme Langager - Director of Choral Activities, University of Arkansas
"Canticum Novum, The tour choir of Central Church in Phoenix just completed its most successful tour in 35 years of contertizing abroad, solely due to the excellent management of Incantato. Their attention to every detail, response to every request, superb International Staff, and excellence in concert management are singularly distinctive. Theirs is a professional concert management group who are also excellent providers of travel services. That is a distinctive difference. Travel agents are for travel; Incantato provides concert management in stunning venues, and the organizational minutia supporting these artistic events in addition to fine tuned travel experiences filled with special amenities. If music making in superb acoustical spaces to wonderfully receptive audiences is your priority, Incantato is the professional tour group for your ensemble."
Donald E. Morse, Central United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ
"Of the eight international tours I've taken as both singer and conductor, last summer's CSULB tour to Naples, Rome, Florence and the Amalfi Coast with Incantato was the best organized and the most fun. Our tour manger and guides were professional, wonderful teachers, and our venues were beautiful. We saw stunning posters for our events everywhere we walked. The marketing for our concerts was incredible! Our audiences were huge and exuberant, and Incantato made all the pieces fell into place beautifully. Thank you Incantato Tours for the personal attention, for the flexibility that allowed us to chose exactly where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. We're already planning for 2010."
Dr. Jonathan Talberg - Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University, Long Beach
"Having recently returned from a successful tour of Ireland, I can say without a doubt that this was my finest tour experience. I have used several different tours companies in my years of performance tours, and none have matched the attention to detail, the thoughtful planning, excellent venues & marketing, meal & hotels, and overall management by Incantato Tours. Their pricing was excellent, and when the US currency dropped, they did not raise any of our cost. I would recommend this company to anyone planning a tour, whether they are a large professional ensemble, or a small church choir."
Sincerely, Nathan J. Kreitzer - Director of Choral Activities Santa Barbara City College
Ashley Seaton, Soprano Soloist and Student at California State University Long Beach, CA
Carolina International Chorale concludes 2008 Italy Performance Tour with highlight concert in Frascati
The choir from Chapel Hill, North Carolina will present Ray Roger's "Gospel Mass" with piano, bass and drums along with other gospels and spirituals. The performance starts at 8 pm at the Scuderie Aldobrandini.
Pictures will be added asap.
The Carolina International Chorale presents its first individual formal concert aspart of the group's 2008 Performance Tour to Italy on July 1, 2008 at 9 pm at the beautiful church of Sant' Agnese in Agone on Piazza Navona in Rome. The concert is titled "The Soulful Sounds of Spiritual & Gospel Music".
At 6 pm, the ensemble from Chapel Hill, North Carolina under the direction of Dr. Sue Klausmeyer is the featured guest choir for High Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Under the direction of Dr. Talberg, a highly-skilled US-American director and renowned university professor, almost 100 singers from three choirs performed Carl Orff’s masterwork in the reduced version for soloists, mixed choir, two pianos and percussion: The California State University Long Beach Chamber Choir supported by singers from the University Choir and the Carolina International Chorale from Chapel Hill, North Carolina (under the direction of Sue Klausmeyer).
Carmina Burana is an exciting and moving cantata based on 24 poems from the 13th century that were discovered in a Bavarian monastery. The poems cover a wide selection of secular topics as familiar to us today as they undoubtedly were in the 13th century: the transient nature of wealth, the fickleness of fortune, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and sex. The music has a here-and-now quality that captures the attention of modern audiences, it is surging, powerful and sometimes very erotic.
When asked to sum up the work in two phrases, Dr. Talberg said: "Carmina was written by monks who wish they weren't monks or in the words of the 60s, it is all about sex, drugs and rock'n roll".
The concert opened the Roman Summer Musical Festival “E Lucevan le stelle – Musica nel Chiostro” and followed the Incantato Carmina Burana Festival 2008 on the Amalfi Coast where 120 singers performed Carmina Burana with full symphony orchestra on June 27 in the Anfiteatro di Maiori. The event was organized by the New York based Performance Tour Specialists Incantato Tours & Concert Management in cooperation with the Roman Associazione Nova Amadeus and under patronage of the Italian Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali – Dipartimento dello Spettacolo. Artistic Director is Stefano Sovrani who founded the Nova Amadeus Orchestra in 1982 and has since worked with many major artists.
While the percussionists were professional Italian musicians and members of the Nova Amadeus Orchestra, the soloists and pianists come from the United States - like the choristers. The singers executed Carmina beautifully. The three soloists, Tenor Andrew Crane, Baritone Tyler Alessio and Soprano Ashley Seaton excelled. Alessio and Seaton are outstanding voice majors at California State University Long Beach and the two Italian concerts were their international premieres as soloists in a major production. Christopher Luthi and Frank Zachary were the pianists for the Rome concert.
For impressions from the Festival Concert, please view the slide show below.
This is a video recording of the concert opening:
The 2008 Incantato Festival on the Amalfi Coast was organized by New York based Incantato Tours & Concert Management in cooperation with the Azienda Autonoma di Soggiorno e Turismo di Maiori (Grazie mille, to Dr. Giacobbe Ruocco and his team). The event was under the patronage of the American Consulate in Naples and supported by the Regione di Campania and various local organizations.
"The sexiest Carmina Burana ever heard" - Enchanting Incantato Festival Concert on the Amalfi Coast in Maiori on Friday, June 27 at 9 pm
Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" in concert
June 27, Anfiteatro (Marina di Maiori) at 9 pm
"We are singing the sexiest Carmina Burana the Amalfi Coast has ever heard", that's conductor Jonathan Talberg's promise for the upcoming concert event on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 9.00 pm at the Anfiteatro in Maiori (Marina). The entrance is free for the 2008 Incantato Festival opening.
Under the direction of Dr. Talberg, a masterly US-American choir director and renowned university professor, 120 singers from four choirs are performing Carl Orff's masterpiece in full length with soloists, mixed choir, two pianos and symphomic orchestra: The California State University Chamber Choir supported by singers from the CSULB University Choir from Long Beach, The California State University San Bernadino Chamber Singers and The Carolina International Chorale from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Carmina Burana is an extraordinary and moving cantata based on 24 poems from the 13th century that were discovered in a Bavarian monastery. The poems cover a wide range of secular topics as familiar to us today as they undoubtedly were in the 13th century: the transient nature of wealth, the fickleness of fortune, the joy over the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and sex. The music has a here-and-now quality that captures the attention of modern audiences, it is surging, powerful and sometimes very erotic. "Perfect for a hot summer night on the amazing Amalfi Coast", exclaims Talberg. Performing Carmina in Italy is a dream come true for the conductor and singers alike. The Maiori Anfiteatro is an ideal setting for this essential artistic experience. When visiting the Amalfi Coast for the very first time last summer, the maestro was particularly moved by the hospitality of the locals and great appreciation for fine arts. "When asked if we would consider performing Carmina in Maiori, there could only be one answer: YES", Talberg recalls. The local commitment and support, both morally and financially, substantiallly helped to realize the project titled "Incantato Festival 2008". The highlight performance of Carmina Burana in Maiori is presented by the New York based Performance Tour Specialists Incantato Tours & Concert Management in cooperation with the Azienda di Soggiorno e Turismo di Maiori and under the patronage of the Regione di Campania. The singers' journey will also be documented by a videographer that was especially appointed to come along.
While the symphonic orchestra is comprised of professional musicians from the Republic of Udmurtia which makes Carmina in Maiori a truly international event, the soloists and pianists come from the United States - like the choristers. Tenor Andrew Crane has already made himself a name for his inspired interpretation of the role. Baritone Tyler Alessio and Soprano Ashley Seaton are outstanding voice majors at California State University Long Beach and the concerts will be their international premiere as soloists in a major production. Christopher Luthi and Joshua Tuburan are the pianists.
The ensemble under the direction of Dr. Andrew Crane arrived in Rome on June 22 after spending a couple of days in Tuscany, the first stop of their 2008 Performance Tour to Italy. Next and final destination is the magnificent Amalfi Coast where the choir will be presenting first a joined concert and then Carmina Burana together with the CSULB Chamber Choir and the Caroline International Chorale as part of the 2008 Incantato Festival.
Their next concert prior to joining the 2008 Incantato "Carmina Burana" Festival on the Amalfi Coast in on Monday, June 23 at Sant' Alessio on the Aventine Hill in Rome at 9 pm. The CSUSB Chamber Singers will also be the featured guest choir for High Mass at the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore at 6 pm.
Below is the group's concert schedule.
THE CSUSB CHAMBER SINGERS
Sabato, 21 Giugno alle ore 21
June 21, 9 pm
Lunedi, 23 Giugno alle ore 6
June 23, 6 pm (Messa Cantata/Sung Mass)
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore – Roma
Lunedi, 23 Giugno alle ore 21
June 23, 9 pm
Sant’ Alessio – Roma
Mercoledì 25 Giugno alle ore 21
June 25, 9 pm
Collegiata di Santa Maria a. Mare – Maiori
con il coro della California State University Long Beach
& il Carolina International Chorale (USA)
The Santa Barbara City College Concert Choir ended it's 2008 Performance Tour to Ireland on a high note: The 52 travelers from California were singing and dancing the night away at the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin as part of their "Shindig" Farewell Dinner organized by Incantato Tours. The Three-Man-Band and Claddagh Irish Dancers were a true hit with the crowd and SBCC was invited to perform as well - not an easy task after a tour of the distillery and a yummy three course meal including some strong Irish coffee which was - for most - accompanied by a few pints for most and also a tasting of the Jameson whiskey.
The truly outstanding band dedicted "Danny Boy" (video also featured below) to director Nathan Kreitzer who was presented with a special gift from Incantato Concert Management as a small token of our appreciation for the opportunity to work with and for SBCC on this exciting tour: a traditional Bodhran. In addition, Nathan received the XXL tour poster (pictured in front of St. Patrick' s Cathedral) which was signed by all participants at the bottom.
Last not least, the dancers invited guests from the audience to show their skills to traditional Irish tunes: SBCC singers Matt, Kenny, Angela and Christina were brave enough to try and had a blast. Email us to email@example.com to see for yourself.
One of many highlights was the world premiere of Michael Eglin's newest composition "Barter" - soon to be available by the Santa Barbara Publishing Company. The 40+ singers received lots of applause from the international audience - Germans, French, Irish, Scots and visitors from various other European countries, even some Australians enjoyed the noon concert at the newly renovated church which offered standing room only - the about 80 seats were taken even before the concert started.
More videos and pictures from the performance will be featured on our blog asap.
This group picture was taken after the concert.
Please visit Incantato Tours & Concert Management on youtube.com/incantatotours for recordings from this and other performances.
Our video clips from this performance come with typical pub background noises, but we hope you enjoy them nevertheless.
Below fetaured is "Dúlamán", for more videos of this and other fine choirs traveling to Europe with Incantato Tours & Concert Management, please visit youtube.com/incantatotours.
If it hadn't been for the European Championship Match of Poland vs. Germany which started only shortly after the performance, the choir would have not been allowed to bid farewell with only one encore. Both the Polish and the Irish Priest at St. Augustine's Church thanks SBCC for perform in their church and for the people in Cork. "Your brought us a most wonderful gift with your music. So many aspects of our lives can be improved through music, it warms the heart, the soul and brings people closer together. Thank you very very much for coming to Cork."
Next stop for the SBCC Choir on their journey with Incantato Tours is the city of Cork. For videoclips from the concert at St. Patrick's Cathedral, visit youtube.com/incantatotours.
The ensemble's first concert is on June 6, 2008 at noon at the beautiful National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Patrick in Dublin.
For more information on the SBCC 2008 Performance Tour, check back here frequently and also visit the choir-blog at http://irelandsbcc2008.blogspot.com/
For a recording from this and other concerts, visit Incantato on youtube.com/incatatotours.
The slideshow above shows impressions from the Mass along with pictures from the tapas luncheon and guided sightseeing tour which preceeded the finale Canticum concert at the church of San Sebastián at 9 pm.
After a successful concert in Toledo, "Canticum Novum", the Sanctuary Touring Choir of Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona performs twice on June 1, 2008 in Sevilla. First, the ensemble directed by Donald E. Morse is the featured guest choir singing High Mass at the magnificent cathedral at 11 am. Then, at 9 pm, the choir presents its finale and forth formal concert on the group's 2008 Performance Tour to Spain in the church San Sebastián.
"Sacred Caleidoscope" is title of this inspirational choral concert comprised of Spanish, Italian Renaissance, and Contemporary American settings of great sacred texts.
- Event: Concierto coral- "Caleidoscopio Sagrado"
- Place: Iglesia de San Sebastián
- Date: 01/06/2008 al
- Hour: 21:00 horas
- Observations: El Canticum Novum -Conjunto de Cámara del Coro del Santuario de la Iglesia Central Metodista de Phoenix (Estados Unidos)- presenta un concierto coral inspirado en una selección de grandes textos sagrados de España, del Renacimiento Italiano y americanos contemporáneos.
And here is a special taste:
What an amazing experience: The Chapman University Choir was seated in the front row for the public Papal Audience on St. Peter's Square on May 28, 2008. The singers under the direction of Joseph Modica made themselves heard with the moving spiritual "Hark, I hear the harps eternal!" (arr. A. Parker) and received enthusiastic applause from thousands of people in the square and also the Pope himself. Pictures of this essential artistic experience are featured in the slideshow below.
The Chapman University Choir's 2008 Performance Tour to Italy is proudly organized by Incantato Tours & Concert Management.
The Chapman University Choir's third and last formal concert on the ensemble's 2008 Performance Tour with Incantato was a huge success. Under the direction of Joseph Modica, the fine ensemble from Orange, CA present a selection of classical choral compositions on the beautiful cathedral of Santa Maria in Trastevere. The audience of 300+ people was taken by storm. The guests from all over the world honored the performance with enthusiastic applause and standing ovations.
Next highlight is going to be the choir's performance at the magnificent basilica of San Pietro (St. Peter's Cathedral) in the Vatican on May 29, 2008 at 5 pm prior to a very special recital in the Sistine Chapel as part of an exclusive private visit to the Vatican Museums.
For videos of this and other fine choir concerts, please visit Incantato Tours & Concert Management at www.youtube.com/incantatotours
En su gira ‘Caleidoscopio Sagrado’, el Canticum Novum -Conjunto de Cámara del Coro del Santuario de la Iglesia Central Metodista de Phoenix (Estados Unidos)- presenta un concierto coral inspirado en una selección de grandes textos sagrados de España, del Renacimiento Italiano y americanos contemporáneos. Dirigido por Donald E. Morse, el acto contará con el acompañamiento del organista Homer Ferguson.
The Schola concert is one of the cultural highlight events at the prime venue and co-hosted by the monastery and Incantato.
The University of Arkansas' prime choral ensemble under the direction of Dr. Graeme Langager is not only concertizing at the Benedictine Monastery perched high upon a hill between Vienna and Salzburg, but was also offered the opportunity to overnight in the former school dormitories - a wonderful opportunity for the students from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The concert is titled "Fusioni Musicali" - "Musical Fusions" and features choral compositions from Palestrina, Gabrieli, Rachmaninov, Lauridsen, Sviridov etc.
San Gaetano is one of the prime concert venues right in the heart of Florence. For more information on this beautiful church, please visit the following links:
"One of Florence few baroque jewels"
San Gaetano on Wikipedia
"Canticum Novum", the Sanctuary Touring Choir of Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona landed safely in Madrid on May 24, 2008. The singers under the direction of Donald E. Morse are on a 10-day Performance Tour of Northern and Southern Spain. Incantato Tours & Concert Management organized four formal concerts and two mass participations for this fine church choir.
"Caleidoscopio sagrado"is the title of Canticum's international program. Below listed is the choir's formal concert schedule:
Lunes 26 de Mayo, 21.00 h
May 26, 9 pm
Iglesia de Santa Lucía – Santander
Miércoles 28 de Mayo, 21.00 h
May 28, 9 pm
Colegiata de Santa María del Sar – Santiago de Compostela
Viernes 30 de Mayo, 21.00 h
May 30, 9 PM
Iglesia de Santo Tomé – Toledo
Domingo 1 de Junio, 21.00 h
June 1, 9 PM
Iglesia de San Sebastián – Sevilla
Conductor Dr. Graeme Langager was very pleased with the performance and complimented his singers and graduate assistants. The students too were amazed by the venue - a late Gothic church right in the heart of town with marvelous accoustics - and the overall experience. "This was the most impressive concert I ever sang", commented Michael and fellow Schola-member Barry added: "I was very much looking forward to singing in Europe and really excited, but what we are experiencing is ten times better than I ever imagined it."
For videos of this and other wonderful concerts, please visit Incantato Tours on Youtube.
The rehearsal (see photo below) for the highlight performance went really. Conductor Dr. Graeme Langager was very pleased with the accoustic of the venue and so were the singers. Their performance of Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" was particularly moving. The concert will feature works from European and American composers such as Bach, Purcell, Welkees, Pärt, Bardos and Tavener plus American spirituals.
"The choir sounded very nice", Dr. Graeme Langager commented on Tuesday already after Schola Cantorum's first concert on their 2008 Performance Tour to Central Europe at St. Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square in Prague.
On Saturday, Schola Cantorum will continue their journey to Austria.
On Friday, May 23, the Chapman University Choir is going to be the featured guest choir for a very special High Mass at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - the singers will be part of the official celebration for the arrival of the Lourdes Madonna.
This will not be the only performance that day for the ensemble from Orange, CA under the direction of Joseph Modica on their 2008 Incantato Performance Tour: At 8:30 pm, the Chapman University Choir will also present its first formal concert at the beautiful church of San Moisé, right in the heart of Venice.
The program is titled "Fusioni musicali" and combines choral works from European and American composers.
"Awake, my Soul, and Sing!" is the title of the concert directed by Dr. Graeme Langager. The choir presents choral compositions on life and love, joy and pain, and the indomitable human spirit.
Four more concerts have been organized by Incantato's Concert Management Team. Below are the dates, times and prime venues:
23.05.2008 - pátek 19:30
Friday, May 23, 7:30 pm
kostel sv. Víta/St. Vitus Cathedral - Ceský Krumlov
Sonntag, 25. Mai, 15:30 Uhr
Sunday, May 25, 3:30 pm
Montag, 26. Mai, 12:00 Uhr
Monday, May 26, Noon
Stephansdom/St. Stephen’s Cathedral - Wien/Vienna
Május 27-én, kedden, 19 órakor
Tuesday, May 27 – 7 pm
St. Stephen’s Cathedral/Szent István Bazilika - Budapest
Despite being on the road and in the air for almost a whole day, the singers amazed the audience of well over 100 at the Milan Cathedral when the sang for the first time on their Italian Performance Tour. An older Italian gentleman came up to Incantato Tour Manager Petra and complimented the group by saying: "Cantano come angeli" (They sing like angels)
Below is the schedule for the upcoming concerts:
The Chapman University Choir
il Coro dell’Universita’ di Chapman
Venerdì 23 Maggio alle ore 20:30
May 23, 8:30 pm - Concert
Chiesa di San Moisè - San Marco 1390A – Venezia
Domenica 25 Maggio alle ore 21
May 25, 9 pm - Concert
Chiesa di San Gaetano – Piazza Antinori – Firenze
con Gruppo Vocale Lucchese “Il Baluardo”
Mercoledì 28 Maggio ore 17:30
May 28, 5:30 PM - Mass & Concert
Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere – Roma
Giovedì 29 Maggio ore 17
May 29, 5 PM - High Mass
Basilica di San Pietro – Roma
Their city tour starts with a visit to the La Scala Opera House and concludes at the magnificient Duomo where the choir will present a recital at 2 pm. A welcome dinner with local specialties awaits the group this evening.
More updates on this and other choirs traveling with Incantato Tours & Concert Management will be featured here soon.
Their concert schedule is as follows:
Prague: Church of St. Nicholas on the Old Town Square - May 22 - 2 pm
Cesky Krumlov: St. Vitus Cathedral, May 23, 7.30 pm
Goettweig: Stiftskirche - May 25 - 3:30 pm
Vienna: Stephansdom - May 26 - noon (Mass and concert)
Budapest: May 28 St. Stephen's Cathedral - 7:30 pm
We will soon feature pictures and other updates.