The 2015 Rome Choral Festival
June 22 – 28 | ROME, ITALY
Perform International is excited to present the 2015 Rome Choral Festival under the artistic direction of Dr. André Thomas. Dr. Thomas has been a guest conductor for choirs around the world and has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. Your choir will enjoy four rehearsals with Dr. Thomas before the Rome Choral Festival finale concert. A choral festival set in Rome offers singers the chance to perform an exciting repertoire of choral music with new friends from other participating choirs – all in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The Rome Choral Festival concert will be held in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, a unique Renaissance church in Rome. Designed by Michelangelo just one year before he died, it was built inside the Roman walls of the Baths of Diocletian. This beautiful venue also offers a visual feast of classic paintings, frescoes and holy relics which your choir will enjoy viewing. The festival concert will be a memorable finale to the Rome Choral Festival.
The 2015 China Band Festival
June 18 – 27 | BEIJING, CHINA
Perform International is excited to present the 2015 International Band Festival. Bands from all over the United States are encouraged to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to perform in both Beijing and Shanghai. During their time in China, they will have opportunities to get to know the youth of China, visit their schools, share their glorious concert stages, and make new friends from bands across the United States. This festival will life changing for participating bands.
The International Band Festival will feature performances by festival bands at concert halls in both Beijing and Shanghai. A visit to the Great Wall of China in Beijing will include a band performance near the wall. The Great Wall is 25 feet tall, 15-30 feet wide and is the largest object ever made by humans. Construction was begun in 475 B.C. and it was completed during the Ming dynasty in the 17th century.
The Prague Mozart Festival
June 24 – July 2, 2015 | PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC and VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr has been invited by Perform International to be the Artistic Director of the Prague Mozart Festival. A native of Richmond, Missouri, Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr is the director of choral studies at Missouri State University. Dr. LaBarr is also the founding artistic director and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus. Prague is a city that is rich in European history and musical culture and is a natural choice to host a festival of Mozart’s music because of the special relationship that he had with the city and its people. The Festival Concert will be held at the Church of St. Simon and Jude, built in 1354 as the chapel for Olbramovic Hospital. In 1615-20 the chapel was significantly enlarged to a hall construction with galleries and chapels, and windows in the Late Gothic style were added. Around 100 years later it was remodeled in the Baroque style and a pipe organ was installed. Its unique sound has drawn famous composers such as Mozart and Haydn to play at the church. The church is now the home of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
The 2015 China Children’s Choir Festival
July 8 – 14 | BEIJING, CHINA
U. S. Children’s Choirs are invited to participate in the International Children’s Choir Festival in Beijing in July of 2015. Tours are available which include participation in the festival as well as concerts and cross-cultural opportunities in both Beijing and Shanghai. Choristers will have opportunities to get to know the youth of China, share their glorious concert stages, and make new friends from choirs across the United States.
Tiananmen Square is lined with monumental public buildings, fronting the legendary and once Forbidden City. The Forbidden City Music Hall will be the venue for the 2015 China Children’s Choir Festival. The Forbidden City is China’s best-preserved imperial palace and is known to be the world’s largest ancient palatial structure. It is widely known and regarded as the very culmination and true essence of the traditional architectural accomplishment of the Chinese civilization.
The Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival
July 3-8, 2015 and July 1-6, 2016 | VIENNA, AUSTRIA
The first Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival was hosted in July 2007. Already during its first year, it realized its two main objectives: to provide a unique platform for the world’s most talented youth choirs, bands and orchestras to perform in Vienna’s magnificent Musikverein and to set new standards in the festival arena. The SCL Festival has gained the broad support of the Austrian public and of many national and international decision makers in the field of politics and culture. Close ties have also been established to foreign embassies and international organization to make this a truly international event. Performing groups may compete with their peers in the “Summa Cum Laude Competition” or they may opt to participate in the non-competitive “Summa Cum Laude Celebration.”