MidAmerica Productions inaugurated its Great American Choirs in Firenze series, with concerts on June 10 and June 12, 2015, in beautiful, historic Florence, Italy. Firenze, as it is known, is the capital of Tuscany, Italy, and the birthplace of the Renaissance where such renowned masters of art as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli lived and worked and where, today, their art abounds. Firenze was also home to literary giants including Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, and Boccaccio.
On June 10, 2015, four American conductors from the U.S. will conducted choral masterpieces, and on June 12, 2015, Peter Tiboris, the founder and general director of MidAmerica Productions, conducted a program of works by Beethoven and Schubert with the Orchestra di Toscana Classica in conjunction with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina at the Auditorium di Santo Stefano di Ponte in Firenze, Italy.
The June 10 program included Sonja Sepulveda conducting Vivaldi’s Magnificat; David R. Thye conducting Mozart’s Missa Brevis, K.220; Heather J. Buchanan conducting Fauré’s Requiem; and David Rayl conducting Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G major, D. 167.
Participating choirs from the U.S. on June 10 included Southern California Chorale, Loma Linda, California (Noemi Tanada, Director); Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, Fort Myers, Florida and Chancel Choir, First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, Florida (Jeffrey Faux, Director); The Castlewood Singers, Indianapolis, Indiana (Andrew Lewis, Director); Michigan State University Choral Union, East Lansing, Michigan (David Rayl, Director); Montclair State University Choral Ensemble, Upper Montclair, New Jersey (Heather Buchanan, Director); Piedmont Chorale, Charlotte, North Carolina (Ken DeBoer, Director); Salem College Choirs, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Sonja Sepulveda, Director); Sine Nomine Choral Society of Central Oklahoma, Shawnee, Oklahoma (Herb Moring, Director); and Southwestern Master Chorale, Fort Worth, Texas (David R. Thye, Director).
On June 12, MidAmerica Productions’ founder, general and music director, Peter Tiboris conducted Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G major, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Choral participants were Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, Fort Myers, Florida and Chancel Choir, First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, Florida; The Castlewood Singers, Indianapolis, Indiana; Michigan State University Choral Union, East Lansing, Michigan; and the Piedmont Chorale, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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