MidAmerica Productions at 35
Peter Tiboris created and conducted his first concert in New York on January 7, 1984, at Lincoln Center, featuring The American Symphony Orchestra, soloists, and three choruses, the Louisiana Chorale of Acadiana, Camerata Singers of Baton Rouge, and Collegiate Chorale of New York. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, Mr. Tiboris had just created his own, successful, production company, MidAmerica Productions, which was to become the foremost independent producer of choral concerts in Carnegie Hall.
During its 35 years, MidAmerica Productions has brought together conductors, soloists, and choral and instrumental ensembles from the U.S. and abroad to appear at New York’s top venues, including Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; and Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) at Lincoln Center. Additionally, MidAmerica Productions has presented concerts in numerous U.S. cities and in countries throughout the world, including Greece, England, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, and Russia.
Choral and Instrumental Ensembles
MidAmerica Productions' concerts have showcased choral groups singing oratorios with talented conductors, full orchestra, and professional soloists; individual instrumental and choral groups performing as part of the Ensemble Spotlight Series; and solo recitals. Diverse programs have included Madrigal Festivals, Vocal Jazz Festivals, National Wind Ensemble, National Festival Youth Orchestra, and Sweet Adelines. Among the renowned guest conductors who have led MidAmerica’s concerts are John Rutter (who has conducted more than 125 concerts in Carnegie Hall), Sherrill Milnes, Lukas Foss, Helmuth Rilling, H. Robert Reynolds, JoAnne Falletta, Michael Morgan, and Jonathan Willcocks. More than 700 conductors have conducted on MidAmerica’s series in New York, sharing the stage with 1100 solo artists from the world’s greatest opera companies and concert stages, and 3500 choral ensembles from the U.S. and abroad. There have been 170 youth and collegiate orchestras and well as 145 youth and collegiate bands, jazz bands, and wind ensembles.
Over the years, MidAmerica has commissioned new works and presented numerous premieres in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. World premieres have included Dinos Constantinides’ Byron’s Greece, Hymn to the Human Spirit, and Midnight Fantasy II for wind ensemble; John Rutter’s Cantate Domino, Distant Land, Magnificat, and Mass of the Children; and John Leavitt’s A Christmas Garland. U.S. premieres have featured new and older works such as Mozart’s Die Schüldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Reimann’s Concerto for Violin and Cello, Tchaikovsky’s Ode to Joy, Mikis Theodorakis’ Electra and Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, and René Clausen’s Hellas: In the Name of Freedom. In 2015, John Rutter conducted the New York Premiere of his work, Canticles of Creation.
Additional to its Stern Auditorium series, MidAmerica Productions has presented 400 chamber music concerts in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall since 1989. World-class soloists, chamber ensembles, and members of orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have appeared on MidAmerica’s chamber music series.
Another enterprise created by MidAmerica Productions is a recording label, Elysium Recordings, Inc. Thirty CDs, ranging in style from classical to jazz, to cabaret, operas, oratorios, symphonies, and solo recitals have been released on the Elysium label. For these recordings, MidAmerica has gathered some of the finest talent on the scene today, including Stanley Drucker, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic for more than 60 years; David Chan and Rafael Figueroa, concertmaster and principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; dramatic soprano Eilana Lappalainen; and the late Lukas Foss, eminent composer, pianist, and conductor.
In 1998, MidAmerica presented the first Mykonos International Music Festival in Greece. Later renamed Festival of the Aegean to reflect its broadened scope, the Festival was relocated to the picturesque island of Syros, Greece in 2005. In 2017, the Thirteenth Annual International Festival of the Aegean, incorporating operatic, choral, and symphonic music, took place over a two-week period. Plans for the Fourteenth Festival are underway.
In 2012, MidAm International, Inc. was formed to support MidAmerica’s growing presence in Europe. Since then, concerts have taken place in Vienna, Florence, and Syros, with concerts slated in 2019 for Paris and Hong Kong, as well as Vienna, Salzburg, Lisbon, Porto, Florence, Verona, Venice, Prague, Berlin, and Syros.