Thursday, April 8, 2010

Oh what a great concert season we had - looking back at the 2011 Incantato Tours

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Tough economic times shouldn't stop fine choirs from touring abroad, but at Incantato Tours we understand that flexibility is even more important when traveling money is limited. So while we maintain the high standards our boutique tour company is built upon when it comes to concert management and marketing, as well as the overall touring experience, thinking out of the box and designing creative journeys enabled many wonderful choirs to say YES to going on a 2011 Incantato Performance Tour, and we were honored to work with and for them. Their prime venues included the Stephansdom in Vienna, St. Mark's and St. Peter's Basilica in Italy, private recitals in the Sistine Chapel and many many more wonderful essential artistic experiences.

Incantato Tours proudly looks back at (y)our 2011 Performance Tour Series:
“Love Songs Human and Divine: Songs for the Spirit”
Presented by the University of South Carolina Concert Choir, of Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The choir under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt and accompanied by Dr. Williams Bates performed throughout Italy and the Vatican State from March 3 through March 14, 2011.

“Viva la Musica: Sacred choral music and jazz celebrating life, love, faith, and music”
was the theme for the first international performance tour by Bellarmine University Music Department, of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The Schola Cantorum, in collaboration with the Louisville Vocal Project, presented concerts of sacred and secular masterpieces from the past and present, featuring music by Parsons, Byrd, Stanford, and Burchard. The Jazz Ensemble presented  concert of well-known American jazz standards featuring the music of Ellington, Mancini, Rodgers, Hart, Young, and Garner. The choir is directed by Dr. S. Timothy Glasscock, and the Jazz ensemble is led by Mr. David Clark. Mr. Richard Burchard serves as the head of the Bellarmine University Music Department. The ensembles performed throughout Italy and the Vatican State from March 3 through 14, 2011. 

“Songs of Hope, Peace, and Praise: from the master of the Italian motet to the master of the American spiritual”
Presented by the Mater Dei High School Chorus, of Santa Ana, California, USA. The 130-voice touring choir was the direction of Mr. Scott Melvin and accompanied by Mr. Kent Helwig. The MDHS Choir and Handbells performed throughout Italy and the Vatican State from March 25 through April 3, 2011 - a special highlight was singing for Pope Benedict VI. at St. Peter's Square. 

“A Journey of Light: A concert of choral music that will awaken the sense, inspire the soul, and warm the heart”
Canada, California, USA. The La Canada High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers toured under the direction of Mr. Jeff Brookey. Their program featured works by American and European composers spanning five centuries, including Claudio Monteverdi, Franz Schubert, Maurice Durufle, Eric Whitacre, and Moses Hogan. The ensembles performed throughout Italy and the Vatican State from March 30 through April 7, 2011. 

“I Saw Eternity: A spiritual pilgrimage through music of past and present”
Performed by the JSerra Catholic High School Chamber Choir, of San Juan Capistrano, California, USA. The JSerra Chamber Choir sang works by Bieble, Byrd, and Poulanc, under the direction of Mr. Andrew M. Alvarez.The Chamber Choir will perform throughout Italy and the Vatican State, April 1 through 11, 2011. 

“Holy: Sacred music along the Danube”
Presented by the Youth Performing Arts School Touring Concert Choir, of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The program featured traditional and contemporary choral literature by an eclectic mix of composers, including Palestrina, Byrd, Marenzio, Burchard, and Mozart. The choir was directed by Dr. S. Timothy Glasscock, Director of Vocal Studies, and accompanied by Mr. Timothy Lee Baker, Organist. The Choir traveled on a performance cruise on the Danube River through Central Europe from April 2 through April 11, 2011.

“Musica Divina - from the new to the old world ”
Presented by the San Marino Chamber Choir, from San Marino High School in Los Angeles, California, USA. The program featured selected works by Claudio Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, Hugo Wolf, Morten Lauridsen, Moses Hogan, and many others. The Chamber Choir toured under the direction of Mr. Howard Cheung and accompanied by Ms. Rachel Yang throughout Italy and the Vatican State from April 2 through April 12, 2011. 

“La Storia: Sharing stories through song, from one land to another – a concert of choral and instrumental music”
Presented by the St. Bonaventure’s College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir, of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The ensembles are conducted by Ms. Vincenza Etchegary, Instrumental Director, and Ms. Maria Conkey, Choral Director. The St. Bonaventure’s College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir also toured through Italy and the Vatican State from April 9 through April 17, 2011. 

Presented by the University of Miami Frost Chorale, of Miami, Florida, USA, featured choral masterworks paired with Spanish and American folk music. The Frost Chorale was under the direction of Dr. Josh Habermann for the tour to Spain from May 15 through 23, 2011. 

“Passion and Faith: Sacred and secular music to touch the heart and feed the soul”
Presented by the Providence College Choir and Symphonic Winds, of Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The Choir under the direction of Dr. T.J. Harper and Symphonic Winds led by Dr. Jennifer Bill toured Italy and the Vatican State, from May 16 through 26, 2011. 

“Songs from the heart to the heavens: Sacred and secular choral gems from the continental Europe, Great Britain, Africa, Australia, and the Americas”
Presented by the University of Georgia Chamber Choir, of Athens, Georgia, USA. The touring program ranged from works by Victoria and Brahms to jazz and spirituals. The touring choir was directed by Dr. Mitos Andaya and accompanied by Dr. Martha Thomas, the singers from Athens, Georgia traveled to Portugal and Spain from May 19 through 29, 2011.

“Gloria: A concert of sacred and secular choral music from the past and present”
Presented by the Fullerton College Concert Choir, of Fullerton, California, USA. The choir under the direction of Mr. John Tebay performed throughout Germany and Austria from July 2 through 14, 2011.

See what happened in 2010:

"Bridge of the Soul Choir"

From Tokyo, Japan

Directed by Maestro Akiyasu Fukushima

Monday, November 22, 2010
Basilica de Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio, Rome

The "Bridge of the Soul Choir", of Tokyo, Japan, is on concert tour next week in Rome.
Under the direction of Maestro Akiyasu Fukushima, the 50+ singers, women from the greater Tokyo area between the ages 30 and 80, present a concert of sacred choral music for women’s voice and organ, featuring works from Italy (Palestrina, Monteverdi), Germany (Rheinberger, Bruckner), and Japan (Saburo Takata).
Prior to being the featured guest choir for High Mass at Basilica San Pietro in the Vatican (November 23 at 5:00PM) and a private concert in the Sistine Chapel (November 24), the ensemble’s only public highlight performance will take place at the Basilica de Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm.
The entrance is free and you are cordially invited to attend.
Date and Time: November 22, 8:30 pm
Location: Basilica de Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio, Piazza dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Roma - 06 772711

メインとなるバチカンのサンピエトロ寺院 での合唱(11月23日5時より)とプライベートで行うシスティーナ礼拝堂での合唱(11月24日)の前にもサンテジオバーニにおいて月曜日、11月22日8時半より、コンサートをする予定です。

“The Bridge of the Soul Choir” di Tokyo, Giappone sarà in tourné la settimana prossima a Roma. Sotto la direzione del Maestro Akiyasu Fukushima i 50 e più cantanti, uomini e donne provenienti dalla zona metropolitana di Tokyo tra i 30 e gli 80 anni, presentano un concerto di musica sacra corale per voce femminile, con opere provenienti da Italia, Germania e Giappone. La più importante performance si terrà presso la Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio Lunedì 22 Novembre alle ore 20.30.

Caleidoscopio coral GIRA DE

the San Marino Chamber Choir

Domingo, 4 de Abril, 18.00 H
Sunday, April 4 at 6 PM
Santa Misa y Concierto
Iglesia de San Ginés – Madrid

Lunes, 5 de April, 18.30 H
Monday, April 5, 6.30 pm
Santa Misa
Catedral - Toledo

Martes, 6 de Abril, 20.00 H
Tuesday, April 6, 8 pm
Iglesia de San Pedro – Cuenca

24th Encuentro Coral Internacional “Ciudad de Torrevieja”
Viernes, 9 de April, 21.00 H
Friday, April 9, 9 pm
Palacio de la Musica – Torrevieja

Diumenge, 11 d’abril, 12.00 H
Sunday, April 11 at noon –Concierto
Palau de la Música Catalana - Barcelona

For more information, visit the Incantato Tour blog:

Awake my heart to Sing

Stimmen des Herzens

The Falcon Choirs of Crescenta Valley High School

Ostersonntag, 4. April, 10 uhr
Easter Sunday, April 4, 10 am
Festgottesdienst & Matinee
Sankt Lukaskirche – München

Ostermontag, 5. April
Monday, April 5
Wieskirche – Steingaden

Dienstag, 6. April, 19.30 uhr
Tuesday, April 6, 7:30 pm
Markuskirche – Chemnitz

Mittwoch, 7. April, 15 uhr
Wednesday, April 7, 3 pm
Benefi zkonzert
Traukirche J.S. Bach – Dornheim (Arnstadt)

Freitag, 9. April, 19.30 uhr
Friday, April 9, 7.30 pm
Benefi zkonzert
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche – Berlin

First up in 2010 is the Western Reserve Academy Choir & Ensemble under the direction of Mrs. Margaret Karam and Mr. Edward Wiles. The singers and musicians from Hudson, Ohio are touring Italy with Incantato and are very much looking forward to wonderful performances as well as meaningful exchanges with local youth. "Primavera" (Spring) is their musical them.

Here are some samples from our wonderful 2009 season

Note dal Cielo
Notes from Heaven

The Murrieta City Choir
da Murrieta,California - USA
Director: Mrs. Jaclyn Johnson

Venerdi 19 Giugno alle ore 18:45
June 19, 6:45 pm – Mass
Basilica di San Marco – Venezia

Domenica 21 Giugno alle ore 15:30
June 21, 3:30 pm – Informal Concert
San Agostino Chiesa – Siena

Lunedí 22 Giugno alle ore 21:00
June 22, 9:00 pm - Concert
Santa Maria Corteolandini Chiesa – Lucca
con Gruppo Vocale Lucchese “Il Baluardo”

Mercoledí 24 Giugno alle ore 10:30
June 24, 10:30 am – Papal Audience
Piazza di San Pietro – Vaticano, Roma

Giovedì 25 Giugno alle ore 12:00
June 25, 12:00 pm – Mass
Basilica di San Pietro - Vaticano, Roma

And here is an overview of past concerts from wonderful choirs:

The UGA Chamber Choir
directed by Dr. Mitos Andaya from Athens, Georgia

Musica Oltre I Confini
Songs beyond Borders
is the theme for the 2009 Italy Performance Tour and here is the performance schedule:
Festival Ultrapadum
Sabato 30 Maggio alle ore 18:00
May 30, 6:00 pm
Oratorio di San Francesco Pontecurone

Sabato alle ore 21.15
May 30, 9:15 pm
Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo – Montù Beccaria

Domenica 31 Maggio alle ore 18:45
May 31, 6:45 pm
Basilica di San Marco – Venezia

Martedì 02 Giugno alle ore 18
June 2, 6 pm
Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore – Firenze

Giovedì 04 Giugno alle ore 17
June 4, 5 pm
Basilica di San Pietro – Città del Vaticano
followed by a special private visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

The first choir of the 2009 season was the Youth Performing Arts School Touring Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. S. Timothy Glasscock from Louisville, Kentucky:


The YPAS Touring Concert Choir

Domingo, 29 de Marzo, 20.00 H
March 29 at 8 pm
Sala de Camara, Palacio de Congresos Principe Felipe – Oviedocon Joven Coro de la Fundación Príncipe de AsturiasMaestro: Jose Angel Embil
Martes, 31 de Marzo, 19.30 H
March 31 at 7.30 pm
Santa Misa/High Mass en la Catedral de Santiago de Compostela
Quinta-feira, 2 de Abril, 12.00 H
April 2, noon
Santa Missa/High Mass Se Catedral de Lisboa (Cathedral of Lisbon)
Quinta-feira, 2 de Abril19.00 H Santa Missa, 19.45 H Concerto
April 2, 7 pm High Mass, 7:45 pm Concert
Basílica da Estrela em Lisboa

Viernes, 3 de Abril 18.00 HApril 3 at 6 pm
Santa Misa/High Mass en la Catedral de la Almudena
Recitals: Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros – Segovia,Catedral de Leon – Leon, Igreja da Lapa – Oporto

Recitals: Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros – Segovia,Catedral de Leon – Leon, Igreja da Lapa – Oporto

And what happened 2008?

2008 was an exciting year with 40+ performances for the fine choirs traveling abroad with Incantato Tours. Their prime venues included The Sistine Chapel in Rome, Stephansdom in Vienna, the Seville and Santiago di Compostela Cathedrals, Saint Mark's and St. Peter's Basilica and many more.

Below are the schedules of the concerts sorted by ensembles and travel dates - for impressions actual concert coverage, we invite you to check out the Incantato Concert Blog - just one of many unique features we offer as part of our inspiring and innovative performance tours.

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Incantato Tours would like to thank all of our 2008 clients for the opportunity to work with and for their fine organizations:

Dr. Philemon Theodorou - The San Clemente High Choirs

Dr. Graeme Langager - Schola Cantorum

Joseph Modica - The Chapman University Choir

Dr. William Hall - Conservatory Friends

Donald Morse - Canticum Novum

Nathan Kreitzer - The Santa Barbara City College Concert Choir

Dr. Andrew Crane - Cal State University San Bernadino Chamber Singers

Dr. Jonathan Talberg - CSULB's Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir

Dr. Sue Klausmeyer - The Carolina International Chorale

of Spiritual and Gospel Music
Mercoledì 25 Giugno alle ore 21
June 25, 9 pm
Collegiata di Santa Maria a Mare (Duomo) – Maiori
con i cori della California State University Long Beach
& California State University San Bernardino (USA)

Martedi 01 Luglio alle ore 18
July 1, 6 pm (Messa Cantata/Sung Mass)
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore – Roma

Martedi 01 Luglio alle ore 21
July 1, 9 pm
Chiesa di Sant’ Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona – Roma

Mercoledì 02 Luglio alle ore 8
July 2, 8 pm
Scuderie Aldobrandini – Frascati

Musica celeste
& spirituale

The California State University
Long Beach Chamber Choir

Mercoledi 25 Giugno alle ore 21
June 25, 9 pm
Collegiata di Santa Maria a Mare — MAIORI
CONCERTO con il coro della California State University
San Bernardino & il Carolina International Chorale (USA)

Venerdi 27 Giugno alle ore 21
June 27, 9 pm
Anfi teatro del Porto Turistico — MAIORI

Domenica 29 Giugno alle ore 21
June 29, 9 pm
Chiostro di San Pietro in Vincoli — ROMA

Lunedi 30 Giugno alle ore 5
June 30, 5 pm
Basilica di San Pietro — ROMA
Messa Cantata

Venerdi 2 Luglio alle ore 21
July 2, 9 pm
Chiesa di San Gaetano — FIRENZE

Dolci Melodie
Sabato, 21 Giugno alle ore 21
June 21, 9 pm
San Gaetano – Firenze
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)

Awake, My Soul,
and Sing!
The University of Arkansas (USA)
Schola Cantorum
22.05.2008 čtvrtek 14:00
Thursday, May 22, 2 pm
kostel sv.Mikuláše/St. Nicholas Church - Praha/Prague
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
Stiftskirche Göttweig
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
Fusioni musicali
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

Canticum Novum
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

Songs of the Old & New World


Friday, June 6 at 1 pm
Lunchtime Recital
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral – Dublin
Sunday, June 8 at 6 pm
Sung Mass & Exchange Concert with the St. Augustine’s Polish Choir
St. Augustine’s Church – Cork
Tuesday, June 10 at 7 pm
The Danny Mann Pub – Killarney
Thursday, June 12 at noon
The Gothic Church at Kylemore Abbey & Garden – Connemara

Incantato Concert Management takes great pride in professional concert management and marketing so that every traveling ensemble is guaranteed our trademark: "Essential Artistic Experiences".CSULB performing in Florence

This year, our team of highly skilled professionals is honored to work with and for choirs from the US touring Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Spain plus a German youth choir on its very first performance tour outside of Europe. Aside from arranging highlight concert in both major European capitals and off-the-beaten-path gems with equally beautiful venues, we promote cultural exchange and enable the singers to get to know the countries they are visiting by meeting their audiences and local host in a variety of ways.

You can also email us to sign-up for our concert newsletter or to talk to Sandra for your group's upcoming travels. Email is also the best way to request a custom proposal for your group.

To talk to one of our Experts in the Art of Performance Tours, please contact Incantato at 718.404.9235 and don't hesitate to leave a message if our voicemail picks up as we may just be traveling on behalf of the fine choirs we work for.


Standing ovations for the Junge Chor Speyer's first US concert in NYC

They could not have had a better opening concert for their 2008 USA Performance Tour. The 23 singers of the "Junge Chor Speyer" directed by Marie Theres Brand performed to a full house in New York City on March 26, 2008 in beautiful St. Matthias R.C. church. The program of sacred and secular works titled "Mozart & Friends" received several minute-long applauses and the choir was rewarded with standing ovations from almost everyone attending when the concert concluded. Especially the selection of German folk songs were true crowd pleaser: "Kein schoener Land" was requested as an encore and became particularly moving when many of the German-speaking guests sang along during that repeat performance. Mozart's "Sancta Maria" - accompanied by the string-quartet traveling with the choir - was also performed twice.

Between 400 and 500 people from all over the Big Apple attended their very first concert on US soil, some even came all the way from New Jersey and Connecticut as the performance hosted by St. Matthias and co-organized by Incantato Tours & Concert Management had been advertised all over the Tri-State area and highlighted as a special event in the media and various official information outlets like the German consulate's website. Director Marie Theres Brand and her singers were very moved by the warm reception and positive feedback they received from the audience and also their hosts.

Msgr. Ed Scharfenberger of St. Matthias who had spontaneously welcomed the choir from Speyer into his parish when approached only a few months ago commented on the event in an email shortly after the concert: "The Junger Chor was a true and timely gift to our community. You could see the expression on the faces of the people who attended – how happy they were. I heard so many people comment about how uplifting it was to see and hear so many young people come together to make such beautiful music. But it was even more than the music. It was the sense of HOPE that their presence gave to the people who are not always given an opportunity to see the results of good leadership, youthful goodness and enthusiasm and – let’s face it, love and discipline – all come together. The many connections that were made will only deepen the impression made. This was a wonderful event that will always be a treasured memory of our parish."

The choir continues to Ohio and Illinois were additional formal and informal concerts are scheduled. They return to Germany on April 3, 2008.


And what happened 2007?

In its premiere season, Incantato Concert Management was the proud organizer and presenter for the international performance tours of two outstanding choirs travelling to Europe in the summer of 2007:

The Summit Children's Touring Choir from Akron, Ohio

– directed by Arlene Jacobs: with performances in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria

This outstanding youth choir with over 50 voices presented its "Rhythms of Life" concerts in Speyer (St. Joseph Kirche), Chemnitz (Markuskirche), Chlumec, Prague (St. Nicolas Church) and Vienna (Stephansdom & St. Anna Kirche).

The Choir of the Sound from Seattle, Washington

– directed by Judy Filibeck: with performances in Northern and Central Italy.

This excellent community choir with 40+ voices brought its "Melodie d'Estate"-Concerts to Lovere, Venice, Siena, Montecatini and Caldiero near Verona. A true highlight was the performance in St. Mark's Basilica where COTS was invited to sing during High Mass.

Additional information about the choirs, the exact concert dates and times can also be found by clicking on the respective links in the navigation panel on the left. Feel free to contact the staff of Incantato Concert Management via email at or call 718.404.9235 for assistance with questions or requests.

Incantato Concert Management is honored to be associated with the following associations and cultural institutions; organizations with which we cooperate to facilitate essential artistic experiences and which assist our groups in their contributions to international understanding and friendship through the universal language of music. We thank these exceptional colleagues for their support and encourage you to visit their website to learn more about them.

Accademia San Felice
Chorus America
Chlumecký Dêtský Sbor
Kunst & Kultur – ohne Grenzen
Motettenchor Speyer
Stadt Chemnitz
Stadt Speyer