Salzburg Advent Singing
Weekly from Friday to Sunday from 25 Nov to 16 Dec
Salzburg is famous worldwide for being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for its extraordinary beauty and as a cultural city par excellence working as the scene of many events. In 1997 UNESCO declared all its historic center a "World Cultural Heritage" based on its beautiful architecture, the uniformity and its many monuments worthy of protection. Salzburg is the regional capital of the same name with an unbeatable geographical position: right in the centre of Austria. The city has 147,000 inhabitants and is home to several worldwide offices of the material and religious world.
"Salzburg is always beautiful but it is particularly beautiful as you look at it” as the Austrian poet Hermann Bahr put it. But it is surely in the Advent period when the city has a special appeal and a very romantic atmosphere.
Arrival, room assignments. Meet the guide at the reception and departure for half day guided tour of the city of Salzburg (entrance fees to monuments not included). Free lunch. Afternoon scheduled concert at the Christmas market in front of the Cathedral or the Castle of Hellbrunn. After the concert, return to hotel and prepare for the evening Advent Friendship concert.
Concert with a local choir in the city of Salzburg or surroundings. After the concert mulled wine (Glühwein) and Christmas treats will be provided. Return to hotel. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant. Accommodation.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure for individual visits, sightseeing or shopping. Free lunch.
In the afternoon, preparing for the Closing Concert with all choirs. After the concert, dinner with all participating choirs. Return to your hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and departure of choirs to their place of origin or (by special request) participation in a Sunday Mass in a church in Salzburg, followed by their return trip.
NOTE: Details of the programme and general information will be provided individually to each choir. The program must meet the final prerequisites of the organization.
BASIC PROGRAM CONSISTS OF:
- 2 nights in a 3-star *** hotel in Salzburg and surrounding areas with accommodation in double, triple or single rooms, all with bath / shower and toilet.
- 2 breakfasts buffet
- 2 dinners at the hotel with a 3-course menu (excluding drinks)
- 1 lunch in a restaurant with other choirs with 3-course meal (drinks not included)
- Mulled wine (Glühwein) after the Friendship Concert
- Organization of 2/3 concerts
- 1 half day guide service in Salzburg (entrance fees not included)
- English speaking assistance during concerts
- Local sdvertising of events
- 1 person free of charge for every 21 paying (No. 22 is free)
AVAILABLE DATES (day program in Salzburg): As above.
Possibility to customize the trip around the basic program.
YOUR TRIP TO SALZBURG - POSSIBILITIES
a) By plane from major cities is the most convenient way allowing better use of available time. We can take care of your bookings and local transport in Salzburg. Price of local transportation (to move to the various programmed activities) will be quoted on request.
b) By Bus from anywhere. If you have more days available, this means of transport would allow you to do some sightseeing en route. We can quote you the price of bus transportation.
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Cantate Toscana - Italy
Dates 2015: 04-07 June
Dates 2016: June
Tuscany, like a fine wine, has been some time in the making...
From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. In Tuscany the past and present live together in harmony.
Visitors come to Tuscany for a variety of reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. There's plenty to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is really where to start. Indeed, most visitors take to Florence, Siena and Pisa. But equally interesting are the so-called Città di art, Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca, and many others. The more
you get to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany
becomes. Music Contact International - Music and Friends,
is inviting choirs to sing in Tuscany –an environment second to none.
Music Contact International, has developed a unique
program for choirs which will allow them, in just a few days,
to explore this incredible region of Italy, get to know Italian
choirs and sing in extremely beautiful historical settings.
For cultivating the musical culture not only contributes
to increasing the artistic heritage of people but also to
the construction of social fabric bonding communities through
their social experiences. Tuscany is the perfect setting
for this international choral festival.
Friday: Arrive at night in a hotel in Florence or the surrounding area. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight.
Saturday: Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a guided tour of Florence, approx., 3 hours - long. Lunch at the hotel or restaurant. Free afternoon and return to hotel.
Preparation for the Friendship Concert. Dinner.
Transfer to the Concert in Florence or surrounding area
to meet the host choir and sing in a local theater or church.
After the concert, refreshments will be served
(mainly wine and cake) to all participants.
Dinner and accommodation.
Sunday: After breakfast, depart for a guided tour
of Siena approx., 2 hours. Lunch. Return to the hotel and
prepare for the final concert. Transfer of all participating
choirs for the last concert in a theater in Florence or
its outskirts. After the show back to the hotel. Dinner
Monday: Breakfast at the hotel and departure.
Note: the days of visits to Florence and Siena,
could be reversed. Please feel free to request an
extension of your stay in Italy. This would allow you
to know more about this wonderful country.
Cantate Barcelona - International Choral Festival
|Dates 2015||Dates 2016|
|16 - 19 Oct.||14 -17 Oct.|
Choirs from around the world will gather to perform in front of enthralled audiences in the
12th., Cantate Barcelona Choral Festival. They will also get the opportunity to listen to, and enjoy their equals. Over a thousand international voices will be presenting their expertise and passion for choral music.
The Catalan metropolis of Barcelona has its place in the premium league of European cities and is an example of the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a cosmopolitan Mediterranean city incorporating Roman remains in its urban street pattern, medieval districts and the most stunning examples of Modernism and 20th century ultra-modern art.
Originally Roman, Barcelona's long history and economic vitality have endowed it with an impressive cultural heritage, shown in the conservation of its rich historic and artistic heritage and in the encouragement of the latest artistic trends. Its long cultural agenda will lead the visitor through museums, exhibitions, outdoor sculptures and an extensive calendar of music, theatre and dance.
The Pueblo Español (Spanish village) was built in Barcelona during the international world exhibition in 1929 and represents, even today, the diversity of people and cultures of Spain. It is one of the main attractions of Barcelona, visited daily by thousands of Spanish and foreign visitors alike. The main square or Plaza Mayor, is a special stage for concerts all year round.
Here, choirs will be able to introduce their songs to an international
audience. Alternatively, the gothic quarters of Barcelona,
very close to the cathedral, with its many quaint and characteristic
little plazas, is also a great place for an open air concert. In any of these venues, choirs will have the opportunity to sing their repertoire before an international audience.
Friendship Concerts during Cantate Barcelona are planned so that 2 or 3 visiting choirs gather with a local host-choir, for a congenial musical exchange and get-together. An ideal occasion in which to make friends and international contacts in a friendly atmosphere.
A Farewell Concert is planned for the last evening, when all participating choirs present a song of their choice and a final common song in a concert hall. This is followed by a farewell dinner -a great get-togerther - with music and song, bringing the Cantate Barcelona to a festive close.
Sightseeing in Barcelona and Girona are part of this varied programme.
Paris New Year International Choral Festival
|Dates 2015||Dates 2016|
|22 - 25 Jan||21-24 Jan|
Open to all choirs
The Festival takes place in Paris-Ille de France during the month of January inaugurating the musical season with a series of concerts in churches, concert halls and other institutions while creating opportunities for French and foreign choirs to meet and fraternize.
The highlight of the Festival takes place in a stunning evening of music in the church of La Madeleine which gives its name to the surrounding neighborhood, next to the St.Honore Faubourg and the Grand Boulevards. In keeping with the wishes of the architect, the church is a perfect setting for large events. This is an international spiritual center which also plays an important role in Parisian cultural life, especially in the music world. Its impressive structure contributes to the great reputation of La Madeleine as an excellent concert hall. In fact, famous musicians such as Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saens, played the organ here. Concerts at La Madeleine are well known and appreciated. Musicians from around the world gather here to offer their concerts.
It is at La Madeleine where all choirs participating in the event will gather and contribute to the festival closing event with their best songs, first individually and then all together. These are moments of deep emotion in the minds of all.
Choral Advent in Vienna
Presented: Anually in November and December,
|Dates 2015||Dates 2016|
|26-30 Nov||24-28 Nov|
|03-07 Dec||01-05 Dec|
|10-14 Dec||08-12 Dec|
|17-21 Dec||15-19 Dec|
By invitation of the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Vienna, Austria, choirs from all over the world sing in Vienna during the Advent season.
Visit Schloss Schonbrunn, which was
once the home of Maria Theresa and the summer
residence of the Hapsburg family.
This is an invitational festival open to all choral types.
Choral Advent Festival of Prague - Check Republic
|20-23 Nov||25-28 Nov|
|27-30 Nov||02-05 Dec|
|04-07 Dec||09-12 Dec|
|11-14 Dec||16-19 Dec|
By invitation of the City Council of Prague, choirs from all over the world sing in Prague during the Advent season. Venues include the beloved Hlahol Choir Building, the open-air stage in the old quarters in the city centre, the National Theatre or Saint
Nicolaus Church. A non-competitive festival in a gathering
of choirs from all over the world.
Cantate Adriatica - Italy
|Dates 2015||Dates 2016|
This non-competitive festival is open to all choirs and takes place in charming San Marino, the oldest republic in the world located betweeen the Italian regions of Romagna and Marken, only a few kilometers away from the cities of Rimini and Riccione on the Adriatic sea. The mini-state of San Marino is rich in art, history and tradition. The place is an ideal setting for choirs to meet in a mediterreanean atmosphere. Friendship concerts with choirs from different countries, are organized in typically Italian venues such as theatres, concert halls and the famous piazzas. The concerts on the last evening are held in the
historical Cava dei Balestrieri, right in the centre of the Old Town of San Marino. Every choir may introduce itself with a song of choice, and to conclude, all choirs sing together bringing the Festival to a closing grand finale.
Concerts during mass-services in Roman Catholic churches can be planned on Sunday morning or Sunday evening in San Marino or in the nearby sea-side towns.
Enjoy a few days with choirs from all over Europe in in the oldest independednt republic in the world. Interesting places to visit are Gradera, an ancient town with narrow streets and an extraordinary walled-castle. Also the historical town of Urbino, world-famous for its architecture (Dogen Palace) and birthplace of the famous Italian painter Raffaello, can be visited during your stay.