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Location: Greece
Choir type: Other Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
I'm about to embark on a really exciting project that I'm hoping you and your choirs will all want to be a part of. The concert production company Kingsway International has asked me to lead performances of Orff's Carmina Burana in Greece in June of 2011. As many of you know, I've spent a great deal of time researching and writing about this piece. I couldn't be more thrilled to lead this incredible piece in such a profoundly historical country! We will perform Carmina twice. Once with piano and percussion as representatives of the United States at the International Music Festival of Patras. This performance will take place in a restored ancient amphitheater. The second performance will be with orchestra in the Beautiful Athens Concert Hall.

In addition to the Carmina Burana project, all participants will travel through the Greek Islands to Turkey on a cruise ship. Each participating choir will have the opportunity to have formal performances at several of the islands along the way. We will also rehearse Carmina while on the ship.

Here is the itinerary:

Day 1 Depart USA
Day 2 Arrive Athens
Day 3 Athens sightseeing
Day 4 Board cruise Mykonos Island
Day 5 Tour to Ephesus in Turkey
Visit Patmos Island
Day 6 Visit Rhodes
Day 7 Visit Crete
Visit Santorini
Optional individual concert
Day 8 Disembark
Arrive in Patras
Day 9 Patras sightseeing
Cameo individual choir performance
Concert at Roman Ampitheater
Day 10 Travel to Athens
Time to explore
Optional individual concerts
Day 11 Dress rehearsals
Gala concert
Day 12 Depart or extension tours

This is truly the experience of a lifetime! The cost of the trip, per person, is still being negotiated, but I've been promised that it will be within $2200 per person. I'm hoping that planning this far out will give you all plenty of time for ensemble fundraising.

Again, I hope you will consider joining me on this adventure! If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact me at or contact Kingsway International at 719 260-0200 or

I hope you're all enjoying the summer. I look forward to hearing from you!