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 on July 14, 16, and 18; Fauré’s Requiem on Monday, July 13; the a cappella Sunset Concert at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Friday, July 17; and in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for piano, choir and orchestra, Op. 80, on Sunday, July 19.
Ensembles from the U.S. are Lincoln Choral Artists, Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, and Saint Paul United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, all from Lincoln, Nebraska and under the direction of William Wyman; Central Community College Spectrum, Columbus, Nebraska, led by Jeffrey Kitson; Western Nebraska Community College Collegiate Chorale, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, conducted by Rita Stinner; and the Children’s Chorus of Sussex County, New Jersey, directed by Deborah Mello.
Greek choruses include the Byzantine Traditional Choir “Theodoros Fokaeus,” conducted by Charalambos Theotokatos; Members of the University of Athens Chorus, conducted by Nikos Maliaras, and Members of the University of Patras Chorus, led by Lina Geronikou.
Thanks for the Memories!
MidAmerica Productions wishes to thank all members of the 39 U.S. choruses that have come to Syros from Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia to perform at the Festival of the Aegean since its beginnings in 2005.
MidAmerica also thanks the 28 Greek choruses from Athens, Corfu, Patras, Rhodes, Syros, and beyond for their loyal participation in the Festival of the Aegean.
We hope to see all of you again next year.