Instrumental musicians, choristers, conductors, and soloists from across the USA will come together in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, for MidAm International’s Third Annual Great American Music Festival, to be held from June 19 to June 23, 2017.
Concert Details — Vienna and Salzburg
Opening the series on Monday, June 19, at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Oberlaa Theater will be Po-Wei Lai conducting the Bay Area Youth Music Society Chamber Orchestra of California (BAYMS) in Bizet’s Carmen Overture, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Nielsen’s Serenade for Strings.
On Tuesday, June 20, at 8 pm, at the Minoritenkirche, Thomas Bookhout conducts the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Phoenix, AZ, in Poulenc’s Gloria; John Flanery conducts the New Mexico State University Festival Choir, Las Cruces, NM, in James Mulholland’s Missa Romantica; and Matthew Harden conducts Haydn’s Te Deum for the Empress Maria Therese and Martin Sedek conducts Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C major, both with Madrigali et al., Omaha, NE; Selected Members of the New Mexico State University Festival Choir, Las Cruces, NM; Choral Art Society, Westfield, NJ; and Cascade Chorale, Bend, OR (James W. Knox, Director). The Symphonisches Orchestra Wien (Peter Tiboris, Music Director) performs with all choral groups.
The Wednesday, June 21 concert, at 8 pm at the Votivkirche features maestro Peter Tiboris conducting the Symphonisches Orchestra Wien in Mozart’s Requiem and Symphony No 40. Participating choirs include the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Phoenix, AZ; Madrigali et al, Omaha, NE; New Mexico State University Festival Choir, Las Cruces, NM; Choral Art Society, Westfield, NJ; and Cascade Chorale, Bend, OR.
Rounding out the Festival will be an a cappella solo sacred concert on Friday, June 23, 2017, at 8 pm. The concert will take place at the Müllner Kirche, in Salzburg, Austria. The participating choruses are the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Phoenix, AZ, and the New Mexico State University Festival Choir, Las Cruces, NM.
On June 20, soprano Eilana Lappalainen will be the soloist for the Poulenc and Mulholland works. On the same date, the soloists in the Mozart work will be Eileen Cooper Sedek, soprano; Melody Wilson, mezzo-soprano; Walker J. Jackson, tenor; and Faldo Hönisch, bass-baritone. On June 21, Ms. Lappalainen will join Ms. Wilson, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Hönisch as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.
All concerts are free and open to the public.
The Greek American conductor Peter Tiboris founded MidAm International, Inc. in 2005 as the producer of concerts in Asia and Europe, under the auspices of his successful company, MidAmerica Productions, Inc., the foremost presenter of choral concerts in the history of Carnegie Hall. MidAm International’s initial presentation was the first Festival of the Aegean, which continues to take place annually on the island of Syros, Greece, at the historic Apollo Theater. During July 2017, the Festival of the Aegean will be celebrating its 13th season. Additional to the Festival of the Aegean, MidAm International produced the first choral festival in Vienna in 2012, and subsequent festivals, followed by ongoing festivals in Florence, Italy. In 2018, MidAm International will present its first concerts in Paris, France; and Beijing, China.