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Month: July 2015

MidAm International to Present Concert and Cultural Tour to China in May 2016

MidAm International to Present Concert and Cultural Tour to China in May 2016

MidAmerica Productions is delighted to offer a concert tour to the magical cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing, China from May 21 through May 31, 2016. In Hangzhou, China, choruses will perform the Chinese premiere of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in cooperation with the Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tim Sharp, Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, while Cheryl Dupont, Artistic Director of the New Orleans Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorale, will conduct children’s choruses in Bob Chilcott’s…

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Eleventh Annual International Festival of the Aegean Ends on a High Note

Eleventh Annual International Festival of the Aegean Ends on a High Note

Despite a time of economic uncertainty in Greece, lovers of classical music flocked to the beautiful Aegean Island of Syros for the Eleventh Annual International Festival of the Aegean. As in past years, the Festival, which ran from July 12 through July 24, was an unqualified success. This year’s Festival of the Aegean showcased operas, oratorios, and symphonies, as well as contemporary and traditional music, and featured performers from Europe, the U.S. and Greece. A number of the performances were…

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A Cappella at Festival of the Aegean

A Cappella at Festival of the Aegean

The Unaccompanied Performances have become a Tradition at the Festival of the Aegean A cappella, which means in Italian “in the manner of the chapel,” is a musical form originally associated with religious polyphony. Early composers such as Palestrina and Monteverdi embraced a cappella music before instrumental accompaniment to sacred works became widespread. The phrase itself – a cappella – has come to mean vocal singing without instrumental accompaniment. Its original reference to sacred music has broadened over the years…

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Cherubini’s Medea Opens 11th Annual Festival of the Aegean on Sunday, July 12

Cherubini’s Medea Opens 11th Annual Festival of the Aegean on Sunday, July 12

In 431 B.C. the classic Greek tragedy Medea by Euripides premiered at the City Dionysia festival in Athens. It was based on the myth of Jason, the leader of the Argonauts who had rescued the Golden Fleece and had married Medea. In the opening scene of the play, Jason tells his wife that he is going to marry Glauce, the daughter of Creon, the King of Corinth. An enraged Medea begins to plot her revenge against her husband, first poisoning…

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Nebraska, New Jersey, and Greek Choruses to Perform at Festival of the Aegean

Nebraska, New Jersey, and Greek Choruses to Perform at Festival of the Aegean

Excitement is growing as performers and technical staff arrive on the Greek island of Syros to prepare for the 11th annual Festival of the Aegean, which begins on Sunday, July 12, 2015, with Cherubini’s Medea. As in years past, American and Greek choruses will play an integral part in the programming, contributing to opera, oratorio, and a cappella performances. Choir members from the U.S. and Greece will perform in the opening production of Cherubini’s Medea, on July 12 and continuing…

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