As a follow-up to our highly successful concert tour to Florence, Italy, in June 2015, MidAmerica Productions is pleased to announce the Second Annual Great American Choral Series in Firenze which will take place in that magical city from June 3-12, 2016.
Visiting choirs from North and South America will perform with the renowned Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in the Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte. Choirs may choose from a menu that includes new and classic works led by some of today’s most celebrated choral conductors.
The offerings include Robert Cohen’s “Alzheimer’s Stories” (Italian Premiere) conducted by William Payn, Dan Forrest’s Requiem (Italian Premiere) conducted by the composer, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (Italian Premiere) conducted by Peter Hendrickson, and Beethoven’s Mass in C conducted by Earl Rivers.
Paul Torkelson will conduct Mozart’s Requiem, Terre Johnson will conduct the World Premiere of his Song of the Captive, and Steven Edwards will conduct John Rutter’s Requiem.
Tom T. Shelton, Jr., President-Elect of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), will conduct a program of short works for young voices including excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Tom Shelton’s Musica Dei, Andrea Ramsey’s Sing to Me, Henry Leck & Martin Ellis’ Paruparong Bukid, Stephen Hatfield’s Family Tree, and Jim Papoulis’s Stand Together.
Conductor David Rayl, Director of Choral Programs and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Music, Michigan State University College of Music, summed up his experience as a participant on MidAmerica’s inaugural concert tour to Florence: “What could be better than singing some of the world’s most beautiful music in one of the world’s most enchanting cities? The guided tours were excellent – the tour of the Uffizi was the best museum tour I’ve ever taken. Our 9 days in Florence were magical.”
If ever you contemplated making beautiful choral music in a spectacular European city, this may be the trip for you. For details and information, visit www.midamerica-music.com or reach us at www.midamerica-music.com/contact-us.
We hope to see you in Florence!