Enjoy the photo album of Cuenca by night!
Incantato is proud to cooperate with Eurostars properties for our tours in 2010 and the years to come. During a recent inspection to Spain, Incantato CEO Sandra Weinacht had the pleasure to meet with various representatives of Eurostars, she visited a series of hotels and also overnighted as a regular guest in three properties in Barcelona. "Incantato Tours and Eurostars are a great fit. I am very impressed with the modern design, the high level of comfort provided and the personal service", Sandra comments. "We look forward to the positive experiences the Incantato groups will have while staying at Eurostars hotels. I am sure our guests will have a wonderful time."
Here are some links to Eurostars Hotels, Incantato highly recommends for group as well as invividual travelers. All group hotels for Incantato guests are personally inspected by a member of our team to ensure that the accommodations are perfectly matched to meet the group's expectations and also travel budget.
This list will be continued with other destinations:
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Eurostars Hotel Angli ****
Eurostars Hotel Gaudi ****
Eurostars Hotel BCN Design *****
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We sure hope to see many of our old friends and make new ones at the 2009 GALA Convention in Columbus, OH.
Incantato Tours is a proud sponsor of the conference and thrilled to partner with the German Tourism Board for this special occasion. And we are highlighting destination Germany, the home country of Incantato Co-Founder Sandra Weinacht, host of the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne and a wonderful venue for performance groups.
For more information on the events and performances scheduled at the GALA Convention, visit the GALA website.
After a third wonderful concert season 2009 with unforgettable performances in beautiful venues across Europe, our team of concert managers and tour planners is working on the 2010 concert confirmations.
And we already have great news to share: The Bob Cole Conservatory Choirs will be singing at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin and present a recital at the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the San Marino Chamber Choir is invited to sing at Cathedrals in Madrid and Barcelona, the Carolina International Chorale along with The Choir of the Sound are presenting a special concert the Benedictine Abbey Church of Goettweig in Austria...
More information about the 2010 touring ensembles, their destinations and a full concert schedule will be featured on this blog and our website incantatotours.com. Check back frequently for updates and do not hesitate to contact us via email to email@example.com for more information.
The Incantato Tour Team with Stefania, Sandra, Ted and Marti want to salute and thank the members of the 2009 UGA Touring Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Mitos Andaya. Thank for the opportunity to work with and for you on this special journey to Italy and we sure hope our paths cross again soon.
Riverside City College Chamber Singers wins the Mixed Choir competition at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen!
Steven Amie from the Riverside City College Chamber Singers wins Folk Song Solo Competition in Llangollen
Below is the official results page from the 2009 International Musical Eistedfodd in Llangollen, Wales with wonderful news and a great success for the Riverside City College Chamber Singers under the direction of Mr. John Byun. Steven Amie from Riverside, California won the competition and is officially the best folk song soloist.
Steven can be seen among the RCC Chamber Singers on the far right.
For a video of his performance, click the following direct link on llangollen.tv
|Llangollen 2009 - Folk Song Solo|
Competition 23 - Folk Song Solo
|=3rd||Noeleen Ni Cholla||Eire|
|=3rd||Steffan Rhys Hughes||Wales|
Steven, everyone in the Incantato Tours Team salutes you and congratulates you to your success.
"Tog Mi Spirad" - Riverside City College Chamber Singers sing at Christ Church in Dublin on July 6 at 1.15 pm
The theme of the Riverside City College (RCC) Chamber Singers' 2009 Incantato Tour "Tog mi Spirad" is Gaelic for "Lift my Spirit" which nicely sums up the repertoire comprised of works from both American and European composers that the singers from Riverside, California have prepared both for the tour as well as their participation the International Music Eistedfodd in Llangollen. After singing at the US Embassy on the 4th of July and at St. Bartholomew Parish on July 5, the choir is singing at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. The lunchtime concert begins at 1.15 pm.
Music plays a very important role at Christ Church Cathedral. Thus it states on the website: "Music can be plain or elaborate, but right tunes and words always signify God and His mighty acts. This is why creation, incarnation, and sanctification constitute the essence of sacred music." In Tune with Heaven, the Report of the Archbishops' Commission on Church Music.
At Christ Church, Choral services are sung five times per week during term time either by the professional mixed-adult Cathedral Choir or by the Cathedral Girls' Choir. In addition, visiting choirs are always welcome at Christ Church. Choirs come from all over the world to sing in the unique surroundings of our nine centuries-old cathedral and to enjoy life in Ireland's vibrant capital city.
For more information, please click on the following links:
The concert on Monday, July 6 will be the last performance in Dublin for RCC, but already on Tuesday, the first member of the choir will enter the competition in Llangollen. The choir is taking the ferry early in the morning as the Riverside City College Chamber Singers continue their journey to Wales where they will be until July 13.
For more information on the Festival & Competition in Wales, visit the official website:
Day 3 of the Riverside City College Chamber Singers Performance Tour 2009: Honorary guests for Sunday Service & RCC Concert at St. Bartholomew Dublin
"Tog Mi Spirad" - Riverside City College Chamber Singers sing at St. Bartholomew in Dublin on July 5 at 12.45 pm
After singing at the American Embassy in Dublin as the featured guest choir for the Independence Day celebrations, the choir under the direction of Mr. John Byun is presenting its first formal concert on Sunday, July 5 at 12.45 pm at the Parish Church of St. Bartholomew - one of the prime venues in the Irish capital.
The beautiful church of St Bartholomew's, Clyde Road, was consecrated in 1867. Many of its original features are intact, such as the sanctuary mosaics and the elaborate wrought iron choir screen. The architect was Thomas Wyat. The church has always been known for its High Anglican liturgical tradition.
Since its consecrating about 130 years ago, St Bartholomew's Church in Dublin has maintained a tradition of choral services, and remains one of the few churches in Ireland that continues to do so. The gentlemen and boys sing at the 11:00am Sung Eucharist each Sunday, as well as on major festivals throughout the Church year. In addition, a choir of girl choristers was inaugurated in 2003, singing Evensong every second Sunday. The choir's repertoire is fully representative of the major styles of choral music from the sixteenth century up to the present day.
Prior to their performance, the Riverside City College Chamber Singers were invited to meet and rehearse with the resident Elgin Chorale that presents the Solemn Eucharist at 11 with "Missa de Sancta Maria Magdelene" by Willan and Bruckner's "Os justi meditabitur".
The theme of the RCC 2009 Incantato Tour "Tog mi Spirad" is Gaelic for "Lift my Spirit" which nicely sums up the repertoire comprised of works from both American and European composers that the singers from Riverside, California have prepared both for the tour as well as their participation the International Music Eistedfodd in Llangollen.
On Monday, July 6, the Riverside City College Chamber Singers, are performing at Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin. The lunchtime concert begins at 1.15 pm.
For more information, please click on the following links:
St. Bartholomew Parish
SCS Touring Choir concludes Incantato Performance Tour as featured guest choir for High Mass at St. John's Co-Cathedral
Day 2 of the Riverside City College Chamber Singers Performance Tour to Ireland and Wales 2009: First gig at the US Embassy in Dublin
Riverside City College Chamber Singers celebrating with US Ambassador Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburg Steelers, at his new residence in Dublin.
The painting depicting The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (1608) by Caravaggio (1571-1610) is the most famous work in the church. Considered one of Caravaggio's masterpieces and the only painting signed by the painter, the canvas is displayed in the Oratory for which it was painted. Restored in the late 1990's in Florence, this painting is one of Caravaggio's most impressive uses of the chiaroscuro style for which he is most famous with a circle of light illuminating the scene of St John's beheading at the request of Salome. The oratory also houses Caravaggio's St Jerome III (1607–1608).
"Compliments for a wonderful event" - Joined Benefit Concert by SCS Touring Choir and Schola Cantorum Jubilate in Gozo a huge success for all
Incantato Tours presented the concert in collaboration with the Gozitan Choir Schola Cantorum Jubiltae. Soprano Ms. Marouska Attard, the director of Schola, presented two soli accompanied by SCS pianist Mrs. Kathy Reichenberger and guest conducted "Jesu Dulcis Memoria" by Maltese composer Paul Portelli who was in the audience. Despite only a short preparation time, the American singers enchanted the audience by performing this Maltese work. "It is a very special moment for me", composer Portelli said.
For 17 of the 43 young women and men, this was also the last concert with the SCS Touring Choir as the have graduated high school and are off to college. The encore spiritual thus moved several of the singers to tears.
Father Gerard of Ta Pinu thanked both choirs and Incantato Tours for "making this excellent concert possible" He continue by saying: "Compliments for a wonderful event" and expressed the hope that he can soon host a fine choir from the US in his church again.
For videos from this and other Incantato Performance Tour concert, please visit http://www.youtube.com/incantatotours
SCS Touring Choir Highlight Concert in collaboration with Schola Cantorum Jubilate at Ta Pinu Basilica in Gozo on July 3 at 7:30 pm
The concert starts at 7:30 pm, the audience is kindly asked to be seated by 7:15 pm.
Ta' Pinu was built in a neo-romantic style which means that the designer rejected or abandoned the use of the devices of avant-garde modernism and followed an older tradition. This is a national shrine and a center of pilgrimages for both the Gozitans and the Maltese as it is told on several accounts that the voice of Mary has been heard from inside. The present church was started in 1920 and consecrated in 1931.
Here is some information on the director and singers:John Byun received his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine and his Master’s in Choral Conducting from California State University, Long Beach. He is the director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Riverside City College, where he directs the Chamber Singers and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Byun is also the artistic director of the Temecula Valley Master Chorale and is one of the co-directors of Arrowbear Music Camp. He has been the guest conductor for the Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, and Long Beach district honor choirs, the SCVA Men’s Honor Choir and the Central California Women’s Honor Choir. Before coming to RCC, he was the director of choirs at Murrieta Valley High School for ten years. Mr. Byun has performed with the Orange County Pacific Chorale, as one of the bass contract singers, and has worked with Opera Pacific Chorus and Long Beach Opera Chorus. Mr. Byun resides in Temecula with his wife Mary and children Mikail and Jade.
The Riverside City College Chamber Singers are a select group of singers performing music from Renaissance to Contemporary. In addition to home concerts on campus, the Chamber Singers participate in many Collegiate Invitational Festivals including Chapman University, Biola University, CSU Long Beach, and others. The Singers also tour every year and past tours have included New York, Hawaii, Seattle, San Francisco, and Europe.
St. Helen is also the titular saint of the parish. The church became a Collegiate church in 1630 and a Minor Basilica on in the 20th century.
Birkirkara is the largest population center on the Islands and has been so since the Middle Ages. Most of present-day Birkirkara is modern, though the town retains a traditional core characterized by alleyways, narrow streets and houses typical of small villages. The larger town houses tend to be used as headquarters for band clubs or political parties. A tiny garden separates the town's older area from the new quarters. Here you can see one of the old railway stations on the commuter line that ran from Rabat to Valletta. Apart from the churches, the oldest buildings in the town are the windmills. One is a private residence, the other, at the heart of the town, is an art gallery. Known locally as `Ta' Ganu' it hosts exhibitions by local and foreign artists.
The SCS Touring Choir is the featured guest choir for High Mass and will also present a short concert afterwards. Donations collected during the performances will benefit the Richmond Foundation Malta.
The group is off to Malta where they sing at on July 1 at 6:30 pm at Santa Helen's Church in Birkirkara.
It's another concert day for Summit in Sicily! On June 29 at 8:30 PM, the SCS Touring Choir under the direction of Mrs Arlene Jacobs is presenting the second formal concert of their 2009 Incantato Performance at the Church of San Carlo al Corso. The Church of San Carlo al Corso was dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo - the church of the convent of the Jesuits of Noto. The construction of the building began in 1730, the church is designed a longitudinal plan with three naves covered by a barrel-vaulted and divided by half.
Just a short post to let you know that the first SCS Touring Choir Concert on the 2009 Incantato Performance Tour to Sicily & Malta was a huge success. The singers had a full house at the beautiful church of Santa Cantarina in Taormina - the audience actually was even listening from outside as all seats were long taken. Some people even insisted on sitting down during rehearsal and stayed until the very end. Monsignore (Father) Cesare thanked the group from Akron, Ohio for their inspiring performance and joined in the minute-long applause from the mostly Sicilian audience. Favorites were Younger's Kyrie Eleison, Shiru, Dirait-on, Shiru and the encore spiritual. The audience cheered the choir on as they sang two Italian folk songs. More pictures and videos will follow. It surely was "wunderbar" and guess what I discovered on my way home. Buena notte, good-night from Italy --- Sandra
For a video of "La Barchetta", visit www.youtube.com/incantatotours
What's Malta's favorite savory pastry?
The SCS Touring Choir 2009 Sicily & Malta Incantato Performance Tour is off to a good start. The group arrived almost 90 minutes late in Frankfurt, but their carrier Lufthansa was kind enough to hold the connecting flight to Malta and so the 52 travelers from Akron, Ohio are now on their way to the beautiful island. Upon arrival, Tour Manager Stefania will pick them up and bring them to the Phoenicia Hotel where a suprise Pastizzi Tasting awaits them in the beautiful lush garden area. At 6 pm, the singers, their director and chaperones will board the ferry to Sicily.
More updates will follow as the tour continues.